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Preparing for a Job Interview 
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from www.thecareerengineer.com/ 

Introduction

people at a meeting seated around a tableA traditional job interview typically involves a question and answer session with a prospective employer – although there may be more than one representative of that employer present – on the
employer’s premises. 

Questions naturally focus on technical qualifications, experience and the ability of a candidate to perform the role in question, but discussions may also include the
motivation, or enthusiasm, of a candidate and his, or her, suitability for the existing organisational structure within a company, etc.. 

Furthermore, the way a candidate is dressed, the way that they shake hands, their overall body
language and the tone and pitch of their voice are all scrutinised. 
handshake

This means that a job interview, for some, is a daunting experience, but it is worth remembering that, ultimately, an employer does want to fill the
position so that work can continue, but must be satisfied that a prospective employee is competent, honest and enthusiastic.

Interview Preparation

Research

Preparation is – or, at least, should be – a byword for success in job interviews,
so before your interview date, research everything you can about your prospective employer. This may include details of company history, products, services, etc. – generally available from the company website – and/or the annual report, which can be obtained by telephoning the company. 

company goals  bar chart Once you have researched this information, you can make selective and relevant use of it, in answering interview questions. Referring – accurately, of course – to sources of information such as a website, or annual report, will demonstrate your
knowledge and enthusiasm for the position.

Interview Questions

Obviously not all job interviews follow exactly the same pattern, but there are a number of typical, general questions that you should try to anticipate, along with more specific questions based on your own career history.

  • “Why do you want this job?” is a fair
    question and, hopefully, one that you have thought about carefully, before the interview, itself. You should use this opportunity to highlight the positive aspects of the position for which you are applying – opportunities for career development, etc. – rather than the negative aspects of your current, or previous, position.
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  • “What skills, or qualities, are required for this job?” is another fairly typical
    question and one used by interviewers to assess your understanding of the
    industry and this specific job, rather than just any job. The original job advertisement may provide some information, as may the company website, but also look to the future, where
    management or supervisory skills, for example, may be advantageous.

Dress & Body Language

lady in suit

Dressing smartly – neatly pressed trousers, shirt and tie, for
men; formal skirt, or trousers and a smart top, for women – creates an instant good
impression and, remember, you only have 60 seconds or so, to form that vital first impression. 

man in suit and tie

With this in mind, when greeting your interviewer, or interviewers, shake hands firmly – but not too firmly – look them in the
eye and speak with a firm, confident voice. The same is true when it comes to answering questions; maintain eye
contact and do not rush, or mumble, as many people do when nervous.

Engineering Jobs & Careers

The engineering sector offers excellent opportunities for career development, or progression, for the right candidate. Engineer jobs – graduate
structural or civil engineer, for example, allow candidates exposure to the latest industry methods, often on high-profile, multi-million pound projects, while working towards chartered engineer status.


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