Preparing for the Engineering Job Interview? The Key Secret Revealed!
Job interviews have the exclusive distinction of being able to wreck up even a relatively calm person’s nerves, even if that person is vying for a stable, professional career, such as engineering. You are up against a number of great candidates and you’ve got some 20-30 minutes to prove your mettle. A Tough ball, isn’t it?
Recently, an engineering graduate from a reputable university told me a very ingenious trick to approaching job interviews. This can work with any job at all, but is especially useful for engineering graduates.
The Ultimate Tip – Put yourself in the Interviewer’s Shoes
Even though it sounds strange at first, this is a very wise tip. It totally changes one’s perspective on how to approach interviews. What you have to do is imagine that you are sitting on the other side of the desk taking the interview, and make a list of questions that you’d ask a candidate accordingly.
“When I prepared like this, I realized I wasn’t prepared to answer many key questions. It suddenly hit me that having a prestigious degree in engineering wasn’t enough; I had to be more to fit in a company,” said the engineering graduate who gave this advice.
Kinds of Questions from the Interviewer’s Perspective
When somebody interviews a candidate, they don’t only look at that person’s credentials, but also evaluate if that person will be a good fit for the company. They’ll ask questions about your long-term career goals and interests, your attitude towards work, how much you already know about the company, your expectations from the job, the projects that a company is engaged in, etc.
Other General Questions asked from Engineering Graduates
Besides the above mentioned questions and preparing for the interview from the mindset of the interviewer, there are other questions that you can work on too. Here are a few of them to go through:
- What was the most challenging engineering project you have been involved in recently?
- Have you ever dealt with a difficult client? Describe how you handled the situation.
- Tell me about a time when you applied your engineering knowledge to solve a technical problem.
- How do you ensure that your projects are undertaken meticulously and done to precision?
- Are you familiar with engineering software packages?
- What do you think is the most essential skill an engineer must have?
- Are you taking any continuing education courses in engineering to keep your knowledge updated?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you score yourself on your ability to work with a team? Where do you feel can you improve further in this area?
The right attitude and preparation with these set of questions and remembering to keep the interviewer in mind will make the engineering interview process a total breeze for you.