So the time has finally come for you to face the dragons in the den. Are you prepared enough? Well to be honest, no amount of preparation can actually make you immune to the proceedings of the personal interview round. You can try and mug up all the questions in the world but the interviewer always has something up his sleeve that will surprise (or shock) you at the last minute. It is good to keep yourself prepared with some questions but always expect the unexpected.
Now when you appear for an interview, you could be asked technical questions that are related your specific field. But everyone expects this, right? Interviewers are now following a trend where they give you a case and you have to come up with your own solution. There is NO right or wrong answer, it is all about how creative yet effective you can be because you need to back up your arguments with valid and logical reasons. Apart from this, you could be asked a few general questions to assess you.
Here are some questions that should help you with your preparation.
- What is the most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with during past year?
- Why did you take up Engineering? What is it about Engineering that appeals to you the most?
- Do you have any patents? If not, then do you see yourself pursuing such venture?
- Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how. It could involve a problem that did not have any solution but you managed to solve it anyhow.
- Tell me about your greatest success in using the principles of logic to solve an engineering problem in your last job. (This is only for people with experience. For freshers, you may consider this question but you would have to relate to an incident during your college life).
- Tell me about your experience in dealing with routine engineering work. How do you keep from getting bored?
- What factors would you consider in building an engineering department from scratch?
- Have you failed in any team based effort for a project (professional / academic)?
- Have you ever lost temper while working in a team or during the execution of any task?
- How can you best use your engineering education and prior work experience to help our company grow?
These questions not only determine the way in which you can be a key contributor to the organization, but also your personality traits as an individual as well as a team. You must be wondering about the answers to these questions. Well if I gave them to you then a lot many people would have the same answers. Put on your thinking caps and come up with the best answer that’s reflects your personality, expertise and knowledge.