Great Interview Tips for Engineers!

Waiting For Interview

Interviewing is a skill, and like any other, it can be learned and improved upon. The way to ensure you have a great interview is to be prepared and understand what steps you will take before, during and after your interview. When interviewing you should create a positive first impression as an engineering professional. The interview process should reinforce your overall value to a potential employer, and make them want you to be a part of their team.

Before you interview:

  • Research your interviewer
  • Learn about your potential new employer
  • Plan your answers to common interview questions
  • Practice answering these questions out loud
  • Dress professionally
  • Don’t be late!

During your interview:

  • Shake hands with your interviewer
  • Give great eye contact
  • Smile
  • Don’t over talk the interviewer
  • Listen then speak
  • Provide examples to support your statements
  • Ask questions
  • Do not speak negatively about prior managers or employers
  • Don’t bring your cell phone into the interview

After your interview:

  • Thank the interviewer for their time
  • Send a thank you note or email to the interviewer
  • Connect with the interviewer on LinkedIn

Helpful Hint:

One of the best things to do to remain competitive is to ensure that you do not have long gaps of unemployment. Even if you do not have a “full time” job or something of that nature- then do something that ensures that your skills and abilities are kept up to date weather that is volunteering, education, part time work or contracts.