Now that you have finally secured a job interview with one or several companies, it is a good idea to prepare yourself for the interview(s) appropriately. First, you will need to gather enough information about the company from the company’s website and other sources. It has been said that your interest in any company can be gauged based on how much information you have taken upon yourself to study about the company. Second, as much you might have interviewed in the past, it is a good idea to tailor your delivery to the particular interview at hand. This article will guide you through the interviewing process and will offer suggestions on how to tackle varying topics.
If you are interviewing for an engineering job it is very likely that you will be interviewed by a number of people, one of which will be the hiring manager. Realize that while the final decision will be made by the hiring manager, each an every one of the individuals present at the interview will have some input in the final selection process. If it is at all possible, make an attempt to find out who will be at the interview and their respective departments. This will allow you to anticipate the kinds of questions they might ask and will also help you prepare for the type of questions you should ask.
Every job is different, so you should prepare for the interview based on the expected outcome. The list below gives some suggestions on the items you should work on for the interview.
It is almost impossible to know exactly what questions are going to be asked at the interview but you can expect that there are certain areas that are likely to be explored.
Remember the better prepared you are, the more professionally and accurately you will be able to answer each question and this will put both you and the interviewer at ease.
Most interviews follow a fairly similar simple format. Usually you will be invited into the interview room, offered a drink of tea, coffee or water and then sometimes a few minutes of casual chat such as “how was your journey?” – you get the idea! Next your interviewer will ask some general questions, such as “Tell me about yourself” or “Do you work well in teams?” They may then ask you questions about your resume such as “I see you managed, the I-95 overpass project, tell us about that”.
While the above interviewing format is typical of many engineering companies, not all follow that format. It is a good idea to research on on the internet to check if someone has shared their interviewing experience online. You do not want to be in a bad interview situation like this guy.
It is very important at the interview stage that the interviewer feels happy about all of the areas they have covered. There are few ways in which you can figure out how the interview is going and therefore adjust how you are selling yourself if necessary. Here are some example and tips,
Make sure you collect all the business cards from all your interviewers.
You should always send a thank-you note by the very next day to everyone present at the interview. Ideally, you should send an email immediately, followed by a printed mailed copy. The message on the cards should be simple and to the point. For example, “I wanted to thank you for talking with me yesterday. It was very helpful to me. I much appreciated you taking time out of your busy schedule to dot this. Best wishes to you”.
Depending on your perceived outcome of the interview, you should have an idea if you will be getting the job or not. Most companies will give a courtesy call regardless of the outcome. However, if you do not hear from them after the agreed time-frame has passed, call the lead interviewer and find out if you got the job. If negative, do not worry. Look at it this way, its their loss for not realizing your potential and the value you would have added to the company. Relax and keep looking for other opportunities.
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