This may be applicable to any of the following jobs and more, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Materials Engineering, Electronics Engineering, etc.

Hello,

  1. Tell me about yourself
    Tip: Be brief (about 2 minutes). You may talk about your education and work history and relate this to how it may be applicable to the job position.
  2. What do you know about our company?
    Tip: The website of the company may be a great resource for this. It is important to also talk about information not present on the website. Research on the products and services the company focuses on. This shows some level of interest in researching on the company.
  3. So, why do you want to work for us?
    Tip: Be genuine. You may discuss features you find interesting or valuable in the company e.g. “This company is an industry leader in this sector…It is in the cutting edge of research and engineering….I like the products and services the company focuses on” etc.
  4. Discuss some of the projects you have undertaken, your results, what you have learnt from them, and how they may be useful to this job position
    Tip: This is an opportunity for you to display strong work ethic, leadership potential, communication skills, problem solving abilities and other pertinent skills for the job. Make sure you read on your previous projects; know exactly what you did; why you did it; and your role/responsibility in it. Prepare very well for this, anything could be asked on your project.
  5. Do you work well in a team? Tell me about a time when you engaged in team work to carry out a task or project?
  6. Describe your management and leadership style?
    Tip: Show time and task management.
  7. How will you compensate for your lack of experience in this position?
  8. Why should we hire you?
    Tip: Explain how you can add value or benefit to the company. Discuss your skills and talents such as great eye for detail, problem solving skills, solid understanding of engineering techniques and knowledge. You may relate this to how you may increase profits or efficiency to the company. Sell yourself!
  9. Why should we not hire you?
  10. Why did you apply for this position?
    Tip: Sell yourself. Display your interest and enthusiasm on why you applied for this position.
  11. What will motivate you to put in your best for this position?
  12. Describe a challenging technical report or presentation you had to complete
  13. Tell me about a time or project that was very challenging and tested your engineering skill
    Tip: This is a behavioral question. It tries to predict future behavior based on past behavior. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation and Task, explain Actions taken and end Results. Answers should go for about 2-3 minutes.
  14. Tell me about a time when you applied your engineering knowledge and analytical techniques in solving a problem or designing a solution
    Tip: This is a behavioral question. It tries to predict future behavior based on past behavior. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation and Task, explain Actions taken and end Results. Answers should go for about 2-3 minutes.
  15. Tell me about a time where you took the initiative to carry out a project.
    Tip: This is a behavioral question. It tries to predict future behavior based on past behavior. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation and Task, explain Actions taken and end Results. Answers should go for about 2-3 minutes.
  16. Tell me about a time when a project failed, what you learnt from it, and actions you could have taken to improve on the project
    Tip: This is a behavioral question. It tries to predict future behavior based on past behavior. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation and Task, explain Actions taken and end Results. Answers should go for about 2-3 minutes.
  17. What checks and balances do you use to make sure that you do not make mistakes?
  18. Tell me about a time when you had conflict with someone or client. How did you handle this? What will you have done differently?
    Tip: This is a behavioral question. It tries to predict future behavior based on past behavior. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation and Task, explain Actions taken and end Results. Answers should go for about 2-3 minutes.
  19. What skills have you developed over the years that may be applicable to this position?
    Tip: Demonstrate pertinent skills for that position. Engineering skills may entail problem solving skills, solid foundation on engineering knowledge and techniques, communication skills (oral and written), team player, etc.
  20. Do you have any patents? Please explain. Is this something you would consider in your career?
  21. Explain Ohms Law/Mutual Induction/Difference between a transistor and a capacitor/Newton’s Laws/How UPS works/Unit Operation/ how you mix two unknown chemicals/Hyper-threading, etc.
    Tip: Technical questions such as this could be asked depending on your job position and focus of the company. You may use pictures and diagrams to explain. Prep for this by reviewing skills listed on your resume related to the job position. Prep for this by reading on the job requirements and company services, industry specific magazines, internet sites, engineering textbooks, or talking with people in the industry. Be clear and organized.
  22. Where do you currently work?
  23. What are your day to day activities at your current job?
    Tip: Do not talk about your negative experiences at your previous/current job. Focus on the positives.
  24. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    Tip: State weaknesses and explain how you have taken action in improving on these weaknesses.
  25. Did you apply to other company positions? Do you have any offers? If so, why are you still considering us?
    Tip: It is recommended that you do not disclose offers from other companies. If for some reason, disclosing this information will increase your chances in getting the current job position then do so. Make sure you re-iterate how important it is for you to get the current job position you are interviewing for.
  26. Describe some contributions you will make during the first six months in your position?
  27. What are your career goals and where do you see yourself in five to ten years?
    Tip: As a suggestion, you could state that you see yourself two to three steps above the current job position you are interviewing for. You may also want to re-iterate that this will be achieved through your hard work and commitment to the company.
  28. So, would you like to pursue more education or engineering degree? What is your plan on pursuing more education?
  29. How do you stay up to date with the latest technology?
    Tip: Show some level of continuing educational activities or interest. This may take the form of pursuing an engineering certificate, license, or course. This may even include reading monthly engineering or technology magazines.
  30. What Software are you familiar with that can be useful for this job position?
  31. What is the most important skill for an engineer?
  32. Are you willing to travel multiple times in a year?*For Positions that require travelling
    Tip: For positions that require this, answer should be a Yes.
  33. Are you willing to relocate? *For Positions that may require re-location
    Tip: For positions that require this, answer should be a Yes.
  34. Are you willing to work overtime? *For Positions that may require overtime
    Tip: For positions that require this, answer should be a Yes.
  35. How much salary do you expect from us?
    Tip: Do enough research on this job position to have idea of an ideal salary for this position. Do not ask for too much or too little. Be ready to justify why you should receive a certain salary you propose.
  36. When can you start working for us?
  37. Questions?
    Tip: Make sure you ask a question. Ask questions that demonstrate your interest in the position or company e.g. “Does the company provide opportunities for up to date training and professional development?”etc.

NOTE: These are very relevant questions that may help in the interview. Questions may be asked in a random fashion. Questions not included on this page may be asked during the interview.