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How to Prepare for an Engineer Interview

by Alejandro Russell

You have studied all those hard engineering courses for four or five years and you may now feel that you are ready to step into an engineering job. What you really need to know, however, is that your potential employer is looking to hear about how you will add value to his business. The question is how to convince that employer that you are, indeed, what the business needs. Well, it all has to do with that engineering job interview.

The Questions

Questions are there to allow you and the interviewer to have a conversation. The only difference is that the engineering questions will be a bit more technical, and this is because engineering interviews seek to understand what kind of an engineer you are. To prepare for an engineering interview, align your thoughts to your specialty. If you are a Civil engineer, think about structures and the things that really matter in that regard, and if you are a mechanical engineer, visualize engines and how they can work best. With this kind of thoughts, you will be anticipating questions that may be thrown your way in addition to synthesizing what you have learned with real life scenarios. Once you develop that frame of mind, you be in a position to tackle questions that will come your way.

Presentation

As much as engineers work in the background, employers like to hire people who can present themselves. When a potential employer invites you for an interview, he is providing you with an opportunity to showcase yourself and your professional achievements. If you get invited to an interview, your potential employer has already gone through your resume and determined that you have the necessary qualifications. However, you may not be alone, so the game changer may really be on how you present yourself. Be on time, dress well and polish your knowledge of current affairs so that you feel ready and relaxed.

Read

Reading is one preparation that many candidates overlook before heading to an engineering interview. Engineering graduates may feel that they already know enough just because they passed their engineering courses. Because it is not unusual for an interviewer to ask questions about what you learned, it's a good idea to brush up on key points. If you don't, you will come across as being unprepared for the interview.

Company Background

The company wants to know that you have a genuine interest in what they do. So, learn about the company. Search for it online, and read about its work in trade publications. Your reading should give you something topical to discuss, and it always will help you to ask your own questions about the company. Your potential employer wants to know that you are not just out to get a paycheck, and asking questions shows a genuine interest in the company.

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