Are you ready for the real world?
Yes, studying electrical engineering is hard. You’re probably counting the days until you’re finished.
This article will help you prepare for the next chapter. Because guess what, life after studying may be even more challenging.
At last, you’ll apply the skills you’ve been taught. But getting jobs and making it in the engineering field isn’t always easy. Can you compete with your peers? Can you come out on top when you’re compared to them?
If you have any doubts, this article is for you.
Most employers are looking for the same things. So make sure you give it to them. Learn about seven important types of electrical engineering interview questions, prepare your answers and impress your new employer at your next interview.
Questions About Your Degree and Areas of Expertise
How proud are you of your marks?
Interviewers will view your marks because this is an indication of how you’ll perform in general.
Yes, in certain scenarios electrical engineering is a practical career. But you need theory to back your designs, decisions, and actions. And your interviewer will make sure you have the necessary knowledge, especially about math theory.
It’s important to be honest. Saying you found everything easy may sound like a lie. Admit areas of difficulty and then focus on aspects you know you excel in.
An interview is about showing your best, but also being authentic. Your new boss needs to know you’re honest and trustworthy.
Enquiries about Your Projects, Your Roles, and Responsibilities
Employers want to hire leaders. You have to prove to the interviewer that you’re capable of handling a team of people, guiding them towards a goal. Your past projects will show them:
-Whether you’re a natural leader
-Your experience of working on complex projects
-If you can handle many different responsibilities at once
Use the question to showcase your strengths and knowledge. Naming what you’ve worked on—such as GSM communication or calculating voltage—proves you’re capable of applying those fields of knowledge in your job.
Do You Have a Specialty?
You must help your new employer reach his or her business goals. Does your natural interest align with what the company does?
If you’re interested in industrial engineering, but you’re applying to join residential engineers, it may result in frustration. You may not like the work or your skills won’t optimize the company’s functioning.
Talk about general interests but be honest about what you’re passionate about. If you can back it with proof of doing such projects in your spare time, your employers will know you’ll go the extra mile for them.
Are You a Computer Expert?
No engineering project functions without a computer these days. Will you be able to learn your employer’s system quickly?
If these characteristics apply to you, you may be their favorite candidate:
-You’re used to working with computers and different kinds of software.
-You understand electrical engineering software, even if only the basics
-A bonus would be if you’re comfortable working with software, even with the lesser-known features
You’ll never know all the software available. But familiarize yourself with 2017 trends, such as Calculatoredge or E3 Series. It’s a sign to your boss he won’t have to waste too much time training you.
Are you good at talking about engineering, or only writing about it? There’s a good chance you’ll be expected to explain some concepts, such as the difference between direct and alternating current.
Here’s what you need to know: You’re not asked this to prove your knowledge. Your interviewer wants to see if you’re interested in the subject and whether your answer is valuable. This determines whether you’ll add insight to discussions in future.
In addition, taking your time to answer shows you consider questions in depth and that you can stay calm under pressure. Did you know interviewers can learn so much through only one question?
Testing Your Knowledge
Interviewers will also challenge your knowledge in terms of current technical norms in the market.
Can you list the most common cable types for power transmission? There are three. And you have to explain each one:
-Understanding high and low voltage volumes
Once again it’s about checking if you’re up to date with relevant knowledge. But don’t rush through it. Ensure you give all the details to show your composure and affinity to detail.
Do You Know or Understand?
Will you be able to do the work?
Companies don’t want employees listing facts. They need you to understand the facts so you can apply it in your new post.
One easy way of testing this is asking you to state a theorem by only using one sentence. Can you do that with Norten’s Theorem?
You have to cover different power sources, cables and the effect multiple cable systems will have on voltage.
How well do you know your theory, and do you understand it too? Your interviews will uncover the truth.
You can see that most questions the interviewers will fire at you will be tests. But it’s not only about how well you remember what you’ve studied. They want individuals who can handle the pressure and benefit the working environment. Are you their best candidate for 2018? A little preparation may provide you with a calm demeanor so you can show them the best version of yourself. Good luck!