My experience with a private engineering contractor qualifies as the worst engineering interview
The job was a project management position where the duties would have involved managing a nuclear facility. While this was a new arena for me as an engineer I was determined to learn as fast as I could.
But then I had to go through the interview from hell.
To start off, there was a multitude of people interviewing for this particular job. The first portion of the interview was what they called a “group interview” where five candidates were interviewed by three hiring managers. Basically, each manager would shoot a series of questions to each candidate and then randomly ask any of the other interviewees to elaborate on what the response was. If you think that was bad, the worst was yet to come.
The second part of the interview was a group presentation, where a group of three randomly selected interviewees were given an engineering situation and told to come up with a solution which they would later present to yet another group of managers. Realize that the group of three had only met each other that morning but had to somehow work together while each was trying to outshine the other.
I have never been that stressed in my life before.
Needless to say, I never got the job but I always wondered what was their reasoning for using such an interview format. I assume this was an attempt at introducing the would-be employees to team-work but is it really necessary to do that during the interviewing process?