Top 28 real-life engineering interview questions

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So, we asked our graduates what the most commonly asked personal and behavioural interview questions were that they faced… and here’s what they came back with! Enjoy.

Personal

  1. Why did you choose engineering?
  2. Do you do any engineering related activities outside of work?
  3. What motivates you? What makes you stand out?
  4. What subjects did you like at uni and why?
  5. If you retired tomorrow, what would you want to be known for?

Work

  1. Why do you want to join our company?
  2. What do you think we do here? What is the role of an engineer?
  3. Outline the career progression of an engineer.
  4. What do you hope to achieve working for this company?
  5. How can you demonstrate this company’s values?
  6. What significant value adding tasks have you performed before?
  7. What was your favourite and least favourite project you've ever done?
  8. How do you employ problem solving skills in practical situations?
  9. What do you think innovation is? And how would you apply it in the workplace?
  10. Give an example of a time where you demonstrated good attention to detail.
  11. Give an example of an unsafe situation and how you rectified it.

Technical

  1. What is your knowledge of basic engineering principles and techniques?
  2. What engineering concepts are you familiar with?
  3. What are the softwares you use?
  4. Describe the engineering design process.
  5. Describe system and requirements analysis.
  6. Describe how to fix a basic LED schematic.
  7. Draw a bending moment diagram for a structure.
  8. Describe how to test a circuit board.
  9. How would you design a tower out of these pieces of spaghetti?
  10. If I represent the City of Sydney wanting to redevelop a landfill site, what questions would you ask of me to formulate your bid for acquiring that work as a designer?
  11. What is your knowledge of the Sydney basin?
  12. How would you help the issue of water scarcity in Australia if funding happens to be limited?