In a series of interviewing tips, our focus this week is on the entry level engineering interview. You’ve studied hard engineering courses for five years and you may feel that you’re ready to step into an engineering job. What you need to know, however, is that your potential employer wants to hear how you’ll add value to the business. You’ll be able to do this in your first interview.
They’re there to allow you and the interviewer to have a conversation. The questions are there because your interviewer seeks to understand what kind of an engineer you are. To prepare for your interview, align your thoughts to your specialty. If you are a civil engineer, think about structures. If you’re a mechanical engineer, visualize engines and anticipate questions that may be thrown your way in addition to synthesizing what you have learned with real life scenarios.
Employers like to hire people who can present themselves. When a potential employer invites you for an interview, he or she is providing you with an opportunity to showcase yourself and your professional achievements.Your potential employer has already gone through your resume and determined that you have the necessary qualifications. However, you’re not alone, so the game change may be how you present yourself. Be on time, dress well and polish your knowledge of current affairs so that you feel ready and relaxed.
Reading is one preparation that many candidates overlook before heading into an engineering interview. Graduates may feel they already know enough 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.
The company wants to know 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 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.