altWhen working in the Engineering field, background, education and work experience, personal motivation and good work habits are all important things to factor in.

Some general questions listed below might assist:


Before going through an interview there are certain things and aspects about your career you should think of:

How do you keep up-to-date with your career?

What Engineering field in your niche area interest you the most?

If you have a mentor, talk to him/her on the expected questions as he/she will know you best.

Ask yourself the questions above so you are not taken by surprise during an interview.

Questions about your background:

What can you tell me about yourself?
Keep your answer to one or two minutes; don’t ramble. Have a concise answer prepared that focuses on your key skills, knowledge and experiences that are relevant to the position. Touch on personal skills and characteristics that translate into career strengths.

Where did you get your qualifications and training from?
This whole question goes around your resume. Make sure you remember all details about your background and talk about the knowledge and talents you have acquired.

Why are you leaving your current job?
Be positive while answering this question. It is not about the things you didn’t like about your previous job, it is about the universe of opportunities the job you are applying for has to offers.

Why should this healthcare organization hire you?
Talk about your skills, abilities, background, qualifications and how all of them can meet the organizations requirements.


 Questions about your motivation and attitude:

What motivates you?
Since you did some research on the company you are applying for, this question shouldn´t be a problem at all. Talk about the things you love doing that are the same characteristics the interviewer is expecting to hear.

Questions about day-to-day work:

How do you manage the day-to-day work?
Organization is the key-word to this question. Talk about how organized you are at work.

Do you assist your colleagues? How?
Talk about your experience working with other colleagues, give specific examples of how you helped each other in specific situations and how much you value and respect team work.

How do you manage emergency situations?
Again, talk about specific situations, the experience you gained through them and how you are able to control them.

What products did you work on?
This is a direct question and requires a precise answer. The interviewer wants to know what your background and technical experience is all about.

Do you have any questions?
It is definitely the wrong answer to say “No”. Asking informed questions shows initiative and indicates that you are truly interested in the position. Take a look at the 'Questions to ask in Interviews', it will assist you in asking the right questions.


Why would you like to work with us?
Some research needs to be done in order to answer this question. Learn about the pros that come along by working for this company and how the company meets some professional and personal interests you have as well as how you meet the company requirements and how your skills can be useful to the company.

What are your strengths?
The research will help you in answering this question – relate to the position requirement and  focus  your answer on the characteristics and skills that were listed. . Highlighting attributes that show you have a good work ethic will also impress the interviewer. Be prepared to support your claims with specific examples from past experiences.
What are your weaknesses?
A common mistake that many job seekers make is to answer this question by making a so-called weakness seem positive. It is advised  to discuss a skill that you would like to improve upon and describe actions that you are taking.

Why are you leaving your current position?
Talk about the opportunities you think the company has to offer you and not about the things you didn´t like about your previous work. It is all about being positive. In case there was a serious problem that forced you to leave then you can talk about it but be careful with the words you pick when talking about that specific problem and look after your body language.

What are your hobbies?
Focus on the hobbies that do mean something interesting for an employer, such as reading, arts, sports, etc. Do not bring up unnecessary information.

How do you manage working with other people?
Talk about how much you love to contribute and share your experience and to learn from others.

What do you like and don´t like about your current role?
Your vision can be positive but, of course, if you are familiar to the challenges, you would know the disadvantages . Do not be afraid to talk about them but be careful not to put yourself in bad position.

Why are you interested in this specific role?
Previous research here is imperative. It is important that you  have an idea of the positives in the role- give an honest yet interesting answer.

Why did you choose the area of engineering?
The client actually want the skills you have- explain how you meet the required skills. Talk about your motivation to learn more of this area.
What do you do to keep up-to-date with this field?
This is asked to give an indication of how much you love and look after your own career. There are many things you can do in order to keep up-to-date: Talk to them about the relevant subscriptions to technical magazines, what courses or conferences you attended, being part of groups, etc.

 What do you consider to be the most difficult challenges you have to face?
This question gives you a chance to talk not only about your perception, but also see on what level you had to face problems- give direct concise answers.
What motivates you?
Focus on that when answering the question, how nursing meets your need to help and look after others.

What features, skills or characteristics would you say are the most important for sales?
You can make a list of these required skills before going to the interview and talk about it. Some are: active listening, flexibility, tolerance to frustration, communication skills, problem solving skills, etc.

Where do you see yourself in a few years?
Clients want long term relationships but at the same hand if this role is specifically for a Project – the Client would want to know how long the candidate would stay with them for. Be honest when answering this question.

Why should we hire you?
Do some research on the product/service the company you are applying for deals with, take note on how your background and skills meet the company selling needs and how you could contribute to the company. Give examples of specific situations are always good to mention.alt

Did you ever have to deal with an angry or difficult Client / colleague and how did you handle it?
Most of us had to deal with this at some point, give an example, but remember that the interviewer is asking this not because he/she is interested in the situation and what it was but rather how you dealt with the situation so show the interviewer how you kept control of the situation and made the best out of it.

Have you ever had to change your approach because the one you were using did not work?
What the interviewer is really asking is: "Are you adaptable when things don´t work one way?" Give a specific example in which approach didn´t work out as expected and then talk about the steps you too in order to adapt yourself and the out coming result.

What are your goals?
Again, make a list of all your work related goals before going to the interview; you do not want to improvise such an important answer.

How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
You expect only a brief period of adjustment during the learning curve.

Salary related questions:

What are your salary expectations?
It is suggested that you refrain from answering this question directly as salary Packages varies from company to company.

NEVER ASK QUESTIONS on salary in an interview

The best way to address this question is to indicate that you are expecting a market related salary and that you are looking at the opportunity as a whole.

 It is best however to not shoot yourself in the foot by giving a too high or too low salary

If the Client asks the question again, it is suggested that you mention your current salary, giving details on your increase date expected and performance reviews.

In answering questions on salary it is important that you understand your own salary - all company contributions and the real “gross and net" figure and what you aim for.

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