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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Surviving engineering interviews: Part 1 - Introduction

In Great engineering resumes, suggestions were made that hopefully get you in the right stack that moves on in the hiring process. In one form or another, the next phase is the interview. Here, I’ll discuss the different formats an interview might take on, focusing mostly on the logistics and intent from the employer’s perspective of each type. Then, there are a number of sections detailing the kinds of questions you can expect to be asked, regardless of the type of interview.

Overall, the best advice about interviewing is simply to be prepared. Know what you are likely in for, research the company the job is for if not the product line when possible, and think ahead of time about potentially sticky situations so that you don’t have to react to them under pressured circumstances when they occur. Be yourself, be honest, and relax. Remember that this is your opportunity to get answers you have about them too. It’s not just about getting them to offer you a job, it’s also about you wanting to accept it when they do.

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posted by Pete Johnson @ 1:35 PM   2 comments links to this post

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At 8:41 PM, Blogger garyemarcos said...

Pete,
I couldn't help but laugh at the opening...
"In Great engineerin resumes, suggestions were made...." at the typo where the 'g' was left off 'engineerin'. Isn't one of the tenets of writting great resumes to get the spelling rite? ;-)
Cheers,
Gary

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Pete Johnson said...

lol, you'd think I'd notice that little red underline, wouldn't you? Thanks for pointing it out Gary, it's now fixed.

 

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