It’s a good idea to know what kind of questions the hiring manager might ask before going to an engineering interview. Being organized ahead of time will boost your morale and increase your chances of landing the job. Before the interview, do some research on the company and nature of business and carry your resume and notes (if you have prepared any with respect to the company interview)
In this blog, we would like to list down the common interview questions asked for engineers in core company interviews.
The employer’s first impression of you would be based on your responses to general questions. This is your chance to share your best experiences and talents, which will help the interviewer, determine if you are a good candidate for the role.
There are 4 types of questions that are asked in interviews:
- Motivation based
- Competency-based questions
- Scenario-based questions
- Strength-based questions
Motivation based questions:
Why do you want to work in this domain? Why do you want to work for this company?’ and ‘What motivated you to apply for this job position?
Competency based questions:
Questions will be asked to test your leadership skills, how you handle your team, your problem-solving ability, and the quality of the work you produced in your previous job. you are required to give examples of how you accomplished the tasks and how you overcame the problems.
These questions start with “what would you do if…..?” with the answers to these questions the interviewer will be able to judge your approach to the situation and if the approach fits in their company’s strategy and protocols.
Strengths based questions:
These questions will help the interviewer understand what motivates you and what you are good at! Questions will be asked to you on excepting deadlines and your strength towards completing the assignment/project in the given time.
Did you know about the “STAR INTERVIEW RESPONSE TECHNIQUE”?
The STAR approach is a standardised way of responding to a behavioral-based interview question by explaining the particular circumstance, mission, action, and outcome of the situation. Describe the situation you found yourself in or the job you wanted to complete.
SITUATION: Describe the difficulty you encountered.
TASK: Describe your part in the case.
ACTION: Describe the steps you took to solve the difficulty.
RESULT: Explain what happened as a result of your decisions.
- What distinguishes you from others?
- Do you have the ability to multitask?
- Could you have any examples?
- How would your coworkers characterize you?
- How do you plan your daily routine?
- What do you think your strengths are?
- What do you think your flaws are?
- How do you deal with setbacks?
- What are your thoughts on constructive criticism?
- Would you change something if you could go back five years in time?
- What would be your first contribution to the business if I recruit you?
- Have you ever been fired from a job? If that’s the case, what happened?
- Outside of work, what are your interests and hobbies?
Interviewers will also question your Engineering understanding, knowledge and skills
The interviewer will get an idea of your credentials for the role you applied for by answering questions about your background and experience. During this time, you can assess if the company’s principles are compatible with your own.
- What kind of education have you received? What level of education do you have?
- What is it about engineering that you enjoy?
- What is the aspect of engineering that you despise the most?
- What qualities do you believe make a great engineer?
- Why did you apply for this specific job? What about our business appeals to you?
- How do you keep a team of engineers motivated when a project isn’t going well?
- What is the most difficult problem you’ve ever had to solve as an engineer?
- Do you have any kind of security clearance that allows you to work on sensitive projects?
- Have you ever aided in the saving of money at a former job? What option did you use to save it, and how much did you save?
- What has been your biggest engineering achievement?
Some Human resource (HR) round questions asked by the interviewer.
- What does it mean to you to have a good team?
- Explain the steps you take when making project plans.
- How do you deal with unexpected events while working on a project?
- What would be the most difficult aspect of this job for you?
- In the last year, have you learned any new engineering skills?
- What would you rather be doing if you weren’t an engineer?
- Tell me about a time when you had to work on a project with a professional interest dispute. What steps did you take to resolve the problem?
- Tell me about a time when you were able to establish a long-term working relationship with someone outside of the engineering department.
- Describe the most difficult written technical report or presentation you’ve ever worked on.
- How do you ensure you don’t make mistakes? What checks and balances do you use?