How to Make Your Next Construction Superintendent Hire

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Last updated at 09-17-2020 18:46:14

Overview

Methodology

More than 5,730 companies advertise 25,421 Construction Superintendent jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Construction Superintendent most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 6,737 job posts from 2,384 employers in the United States. This is a decrease of 12.3% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 40 Construction Superintendent job seekers for every active Construction Superintendent job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Construction Superintendent, Superintendent, Construction Project Manager, Project Superintendent, Project Manager, Construction Manager, Site Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Equipment Operator, and Maintenance Technician seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Construction Superintendent candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Construction Superintendent, Superintendent, Construction Project Manager, Project Superintendent, Project Manager, Construction Manager, Assistant Superintendent, Site Superintendent, Equipment Operator, and Construction Worker. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Construction Superintendent candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 11.3% of the active Construction Superintendent candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 6.9% have between 3-5 years of experience, 13.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 68.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 17.2 years to 18.1 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include construction, communication skills, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, construction management, Microsoft Word, computer skills, microsoft project, leadership, and supervising experience. Demand for contracts, osha, quality control, English, writing skills, computer literacy, customer service, Microsoft Excel, analysis skills, and mechanical knowledge has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Construction Superintendent with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 32.4% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 20.0%.

Example Construction Superintendent responsibilities

  • Plan and organize projects, as well as determine what materials and staff are required
  • Hire subcontractors for laborers and skilled workers
  • Monitor project progress, often using email to communicate with team members
  • Review blueprints and contracts, sign permits based on the permits' requirements, request information on individual tasks from team members
  • Make decisions regarding housing options and other relocation costs for the construction team

Recruiting

Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Construction Superintendent positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and New York are the states that have the highest demand for Construction Superintendents. Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, and New York are where most job seekers are searching for Construction Superintendent jobs. If we look at the Construction Superintendent to job ratio, Oregon, Virginia, Massachusetts, Alabama, and Vermont have the lowest number of Construction Superintendent applicants per job. Maine, Idaho, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Hawaii have the most active Construction Superintendent job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 267,183 job seekers interested in Construction Superintendent opportunities in the United States. That’s a 14.4% increase compared to the previous quarter with 234,493 active job seekers. Around 11.3% of the active Construction Superintendent candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 6.9% have between 3-5 years of experience, 13.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 68.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Construction Superintendent candidates is 18.1 years. Active candidates in the Construction Superintendent profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Construction Superintendent candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 1,296 Construction Superintendents from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including D.R. Horton, Beazer Homes, Main Street Renewal LLC, Adams Homes, CLEVELAND CONSTRUCTION, Westport Group, Richmond American Homes, Rick Shipman Construction, Invitation Homes, and American Homes 4 Rent.

After analyzing post-interview data from Construction Superintendent candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 47.7% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 85.5% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Construction Superintendent candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and drug test. Most employers do not require a written test or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Construction Superintendent quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 78.9% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 41% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Why do you want to be Construction Superintendent?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Could this job be done by someone without a college degree?
  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • How would you describe yourself? Do you consider yourself successful? Why or why not? What makes you successful?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Construction Superintendent salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 4% from $88,174.48 to $84,506.8 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Construction Superintendent positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 86.2%, paid time off by 69.0%, a 401k plan by 48.3%, dental insurance by 48.3%, vision insurance by 44.8%, stock options/grants by 10.3%, and discounts by 6.9%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including maternity leave, fully remote, sabbaticals, mostly remote, flexible working hours, location variety, paternity leave, and somewhat remote, to attract and retain Construction Superintendent candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 39.8% of the employers conducted a background check, and 34.5% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Construction Superintendent candidates.

Onboarding

When you’re ready to hire a Construction Superintendent, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Construction Superintendent candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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