At some point in your life as an engineer, you will need to have a conversation with a hiring manager in order to get a job. This interview, along with your resume, will reinforce your value as a potential employee and will help your interviewers envision you as a member of their team.
Here are some helpful tips that you could use for your next job interview.
Before Your Interview
- Know your skills and accomplishments – Make sure you review your resume and that you are aware of everything that is written there. You don’t want to be surprised by an interview question regarding something in your resume that you forgot about.
- Prepare your references – You should have an updated list of professional references, including past managers and supervisors. Before your interview, make sure that you obtain their permission to use them as a reference.
- Research your potential new employer – You don’t want to work for a company that you don’t know anything about. Research the company and review their website thoroughly so that you can understand where they’re coming from and where they fit in the engineering industry.
- Plan your answers to common interview questions – Ready yourself by planning and practising your answers to common interview questions. There are two kinds of questions that are typically asked in an engineering job interview. These are project-based questions and problem-solving questions.
- Project-based questions – These questions ask what you accomplished during a specific project. You will have to discuss your role in the project and what its end result was.
- Problem-solving questions – Hiring managers need to know how you apply your technical knowledge to practical problems. These kinds of questions will show the way that you think and how well you communicate your answers.
- Dress professionally – Wear something presentable to your interview. Men are usually expected to wear a suit, or at least a suit jacket and a tie with slacks. Women, on the other hand, are expected to wear a conservative dress or a blouse and skirt or slacks.
During Your Interview
- Build rapport early on – Before the interview proper, there is usually a brief meet-and-greet conversation that, research shows, influences how the rest of the interview goes. First impressions are important, so ensure to make the best first impression that you can.
- Take time to collect your thoughts – Don’t just blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind. Take your time answering questions, making sure to thoughtfully consider the question.
- Be specific with your answers – Interviewers are interested in the specific ways that you think and solve problems. Don’t be vague about your answers.
- Ask questions – When you ask questions, it demonstrates that you’re interested in both the position and the company. This is also when you can show that you took the initiative to research the company.
- Don’t speak negatively about previous employers – Don’t badmouth previous employers. Instead, maintain a positive tone. Not only does this demonstrate that you aren’t caught up in negativity, but it also shows that you can rise above professional differences.
After Your Interview
- Thank your interviewer – After your interview, make sure to send an email thanking your interviewer. Not only will this make them remember you, but it will also show your appreciation for the opportunity that they’ve given you.
- Reflect on your interview – Take your time to reflect on what went well with the interview and what didn’t so that you can do better on your next interview.
Today’s job market can be a challenging one. That is why it’s so important to do well on your job interview. At Future Engineering Recruitment Ltd., we can help place you in the right job for you. As engineering recruitment specialists, our team is interested in turning aspiring engineers into successful professionals.
For more information on our recruitment process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.