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Editors Pick: What to Expect During an Engineering Job Interview

 
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Let’s say you are in the job market for a new engineering position. You have been working with a recruiter and have found an interesting opportunity. After submitting your application and resume, you have had an initial screening phone interview with the recruiter and have learned that you are being scheduled for a technical interview with the engineering hiring manager. Congratulations!

 

Technical interviews can cause candidates a lot of anxiety, mainly because there can be so much variation in how they are approached by hiring managers.  Some hiring managers confront candidates with a virtual “final exam” from engineering school, posing questions that may involve obscure technical minutiae. Fortunately, those types of interviews are the exception, not the rule.

The purpose of the technical interview, from the point of view of the hiring manager, is to validate your resume and put your skills in context. From your point of view, the purpose is to instill in the hiring manager a sense of “confidence in your competence”, engineering-wise.

Here are some lines of questions you should expect and be prepared to address in an engineering technical interview:

  • Functions, roles, levels of responsibility/authority in your past jobs.
  • Examples of technical problems you have solved and how you solved them.
  • Examples of tools you have used (e.g. Solidworks, CATIA, ANSYS, MasterCAM) and what you have done with them. Bringing a portfolio of prior work samples – if feasible – can be helpful.
  • Examples of analytical and modeling techniques you have used (e.g., FEA, CFD, TopOpt) and how/why you used them.
  • Technical decisions you have made and how you made them.
  • Projects you have completed and how you completed them.
  • Technical mistakes you have made and what you learned from them.
 
Besides the technical portion of an engineering interview, the hiring manager will be interested in your ability to work as part of a team and communicate your thoughts in an organized and effective way. 
 

Here’s what you might experience in a full day engineering interview. If you go in to your interview prepared and confident, you will be able to make the best impression and earn that exciting job offer.

 

 


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