Engineering Interview Questions
Common Questions for All Engineers
Q: Describe yourself
Give a short rundown including your educational background, past job titles and total work experience. Don’t put forward your personal profile.
Sample answer- I am a hard working and ambitious person and appreciate hardworking and serious people. I had joined by first company as a programmer analyst and presently working as a senior associate. I have a total work experience of 5 years.
Q: Tell me about your educational background?
Be specific and to the point. You don’t have to start with your high school percentages. Instead highlight on the recent past qualification. Don’t forget to mention the name of the college/university from where you had attained the degree.
Sample answer- I graduated from IIT Kharagpur with a B. Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering. I completed my MBA from IIM Calcutta and had been recruited by a corporate giant in my final year.
Q: What do you know about the organization?
Highlight the positive aspect of the company and make the interviewer feel that you have researched well about the company’s profile and history. You need to express your knowledge about the organization in front of the interviewer. Keep your answer short and crisp and yet it should say all that the interviewer wants to hear!
Q: How would you do justice to the job?
Talk about your qualities and approach that your prefer implementing so as to do justice to your job.
Sample answer- I believe to do justice to any job, what matters is motivation and self discipline and I have these two qualities inbuilt in me.
Q: What are your weaknesses?
Give a negative reply that in real sense is a positive one and in no makes the interviewer feel ill about your performance. Your weakness should be a boon to the company.
Sample answer- I am too much focused on my work; you can even say that I am a workaholic! So, I think that I should get some time out for my family and hobbies.
Q: What are your salary expectations for this job?
Make sure to strike a balance when it comes to answering such questions. You may say that though money forms an integral part, yet it’s not everything, there’s something beyond it, what we refer to as JOB SATISFACTION!
Sample answer- Salary is certainly not a criterion for better opportunity but then it should be at par with the present industry norms.
Q: What are the projects you have ever undertaken?
Mention about the projects about which you are pretty sure of. You need to provide concrete examples, whenever necessary.Sample answer-
In my 5 years career as a mechanical engineer, I have undertaken a couple of projects like-
Fabrication of turbo super charger for two wheeler
SMS Based automatic vehicle accident information system
Over speed indication and Automatic accident Avoiding System for four wheeler
Hydraulic hybrid system for four wheeler
Efficiency Increasing System in Automobile by using preheating method
Q: What do you do in leisure?
Apart from highlighting your hobbies that you love pursuing during your leisure breaks, you need to say something that would add to the interest of your company.
Sample answer- During my leisure hours I prefer browsing the internet, listening to music, chatting with my friends and reading newspapers.
Q: Do you want to ask anything from us? Failure to ask questions to the interviewer is indeed a major flaw. In fact, your success in grabbing a job largely depends on what and how your ask.
Sample answer- If selected, how will my leadership roles as well as performance be measured and by whom?
Q: What are your hobbies? Though this isn’t a professional question, yet you need to answer it with transparency.
My hobbies include browsing the internet, blogging, listening to music, chatting with my friends and reading newspapers.
Highlight the academic qualifications and try to address the steps taken towards the application of the acquired knowledge.
E.g. - I did my major in chemistry and assisted senior scientists in a chemical company. It helped me to explore and understand the field application of the concepts in a real scenario. Further, it opened up avenues that may be explored in this domain.
In case one is a pass out, highlight the internship experience or other similar activities. One may also highlight any achievement during school like science scholarship or participation in state or country level science workshop.
Q: Describe one of the technical problems you had to solve.
Do not share information on simple issues that you solved and neither talk about complex issues that you are yet to be solved. Share the problem(s) that had blocked the flow of your project and made you take an alternative approach. Mention the approach you took and the reasons for it. Also share the results and your learning from it.Q: How would you develop yourself in this type of Structural Engineer role?
Try not to start with your academic qualification as the interviewer(s) would already know it. Start with things that you have discovered from the job profile, company website and other necessary source. Talk about your perception and your approach to satisfy the requirement in view to your work experience and/or academic qualifications. You may also highlight things like the additional research and training you are taking or have already undergone for this profile. This would go down well with the interviewer(s) and would bring out your dedication and professional attitude.Q: Do you have any experience in developing technical specifications?
If yes, then mention the details like for how long you have been doing this and types of projects covered. Talk about the things you have learnt and implemented. In case you do not have experience, then share this fact and mention about the specific things in your academic qualifications that would help you in executing this job.Q: What are the differences between vector and array?
The interviewer(s) through this question wants to judge your academic knowledge. But at the same time interviewer(s) is also expecting a more professional answer that is different from the one in the text book. Add some example and share situations when you had to work on both the things. Add the thing that is better and when should be used to get optimum result.
E.g. - Vector and ArrayList are very similar. Both of them represent a 'growable array', where you access to the elements in it through an index.
ArrayList is a part of the Java Collection Framework, and has been added with version 1.2, while Vector is an object that is present since the first version of the JDK. Vector, anyway, has been retrofitted to implement the List interface.
After this definition, share the situation that you faced while working on them and your approach.Q: What experience have you had in writing technical materials?
Mention the situation when you had written technical material or had assisted someone in doing it. The motive behind asking such answer is that the interviewer(s) wants to understand your communication skill. Try to highlight the specific issues that you had to address while writing and the results you had been able to attain by taking this particular approach, if any.
Q: What is the thing you dislike the most in the world? Why?
Be honest to yourself. Do not oppose to things that you may have done in your life. The interviewer(s) is likely to cross check your dislike in the later part of the interview. Say about a thing that would affect the world or may pose serious threat in future. Do not say common things. The interview would not like to hear rhetoric.
E.g. - I believe that communication is a major problem. It has resulted and generated many issues in the world. We seldom like to hear but feel great given the chance to speak. If we can accommodate the thoughts of the other individual or what others are saying then we could bring in a huge change. Even in a company, if proper communication is followed then the productivity could be increased and ideal time may be reduced to a large extent.
Q: What does success mean to you?
Avoid being arrogant but have a positive attitude. Do not say “success is everything for me…” or “it is the most important…”
Opt for a positive tone say things like “Success is a win-win situation to me. I would always like to take my client, fellow workers and my company with me along my success path. In world everyone is somewhere dependent and related to one another, so success cannot be individual result it has to be a group result.”
Try to have a positive tone that indicates success is important and one must always aim for it while engaging fair practices.
Q: How do you define failure?
A tricky question and any answer may be used to judge you. Try to add a note of optimism. Do not be harsh on failure and neither lenient. If you use any quote to define failure, then also be ready with example to show that you have also followed it. You may say “Failure starts when you stop trying or it is when you lose the hope of winning”. Share some example may be from your life also, but don’t get overboard.
Q: How do you define arrogance? Are you arrogant?
Remember that whatever you say would be used to evaluate your nature. Make sure you don’t lie. Do not say any famous quote but just talk about your own perception. Say things like “I define arrogance as the fault of not admitting failure…” Share your experience on how you came to this conclusion and also use the same perception to answer the second part of the question.
Make sure you do not stretch the answer, try to keep it short and simple. You may say, “When one believes that he can only do a thing that is arrogance. On the contrary if someone says that he is one of the person who can do it in a better way, he is having positive attitude. I guess I fall in the second category”.
Q: What role are you ready to take in a group?
Do not jump into any particular role like team player or leader. The interviewer(s) is trying to measure your comfort level in different level of the organizational hierarchy. Share your experience and knowledge that you have gained in professional sphere in view to the question. Mention your willingness to work under someone and also highlight the potential that you have to lead a project. Make sure your answer is according to the profile of the job and your experience.
For a Team leader job, do not say, “I am ready to allow any one take the charge”. It would send wrong signal about you management skills. Vice versa if the position is for junior level then do not talk about the higher designation. You may inform that you would be comfortable in taking higher responsibilities in future.
You may say, “With my experience and knowledge I am feel that I could take on challenging roles. I would implement my experience in attaining optimum result for my group. I am comfortable in wearing the team leader shoes as I have the required experience. I also have no qualms in playing the role of a team member under someone more experienced.”
Q: Who has been an inspiration for you?
Do not take the names of any famous person or someone from your family. Well, it is not bad in having them as your role model but try to separate yourself from the other interviewees. Say about someone who is not so famous but has been motivated you. If you really follow someone from deep within your heart then say things that may be reflected in your work.
You may say, “I am inspired by Thomas Alva Edison and have tried to experiment and discover a lot in my childhood days. Though I failed most of the time but continued the nonsense of understanding nuances of science”.
Q: What is more important to you, money or success?
Be honest and admit whatever you believe. If you say, “you like money” then it is fair until and unless you do not take support corrupt practices. If you think success is everything, then be sure not to say things like “Money is not important…” or “I can do anything for success…” In the first case the interviewer(s) may ask, “If we pay you less will you work?” This question may land you in trouble while negotiating salary. In the other answer it would send a wrong answer that you may engage in corrupt practice that may in future tarnish the reputation of the company.
You may always take a balance approach like, “Success and money I believe go hand in hand. If one is successful then he or she will be paid their eligible dues but if not then money will be hard to come by.”
Q: What were some of your most important engineering achievements?
While addressing this question analyze your current position. If you are a fresher then highlight you academic achievements. You may say, “I have received Intel Science Talent Search/Apple Scholars/ Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship Program….” Also highlight any awards received after participating in any science competition or events of such kind.
In case this is your second job then highlight some of the achievements of your professional achievements along with academic achievements. If you have handled any project individually then mention them.
For mid-level or senior level professional highlight professional achievements more. The lesser the academic achievement the better it is. Start with the professional one. The interviewer(s) would like to know about your professional achievement in this case. If you share more academic experience then it would send an impression that you haven’t developed in the professional sphere.
Remember to highlight the effect these achievements had on your career. Be short and do not go on mentioning each and every detail.
Q: Can you name some engineers that you knew or worked with?
It is better to clear out exactly whom the interviewer(s) is trying to pinpoint. Is it some of the renowned people in the industry or those you have worked with. You may start by saying, “I have worked with some of the best engineers who may not be renowned but have played a vital role in the engineering world (mention their names). They have helped me in …” mention how they have helped you in developing yourself. What they have taught you. Also, if interviewer(s) ask, provide their contact details.
Q: Can you describe how engineering generally has changed during your lifetime?
Talk about the advancement in the field of engineering and also the benefits one has got from these changes. Try to keep the answer short and talk about the engineering marvel from your domain. If you are into civil engineering then quote examples from it. You may say, “I believe that in the recent years the engineering technology has merged with the growing computer technology. It has reduced the time waste and has also increased productivity. Today complex structural design can be prepared using the some of the path-breaking virtual platform. One may also get an exact impression of the engineering work be it a bridge or a building through 3D modeling.”
Q: Why do you want this job?
Highlight the company operations that would help you in enhancing your career. If you want to change your job for personal issue like relocating of your spouse or for the better education of your children then share them.
E.g. - “The current operations of the company are in offshore oil units and this would help me develop my career, as I have experience in the same domain…” or “due to non-availability of the proper educational options for my children, I have to relocate…”
Q: Why do you want to work with this organization?
If this question is followed by the previous one then mention the business operation of organization. It is ideal if you could study about the organization’s profile, and its future expansion plan. Use these data to explain the reason behind your urge to associate with the organization.
You may say, “The organization has a very promising future plan, from what I have understood after reading the vision statement. I believe the future course of action would help the organization in becoming a market leader. And I also feel that I could use my knowledge and experience is playing a vital role in the growth of this organization…”
If the previous question was not raised then use the above mentioned answer along with the points mentioned in this question.
Q: Where do you see yourself five years down the line?
Don’t exaggerate and say that you would become the CEO. Also do not be modes in your answer. The answer should help you in projecting yourself down line of five years. Say things like, if you are fresher, “I see myself as a potential employer and a key contributor in the operations of the organization. I believe I would be able to make valuable contribution in the turnover of the organization and also in the functioning of the overall industry”.
If you are a senior professional, then say, “As I have experience in this line of job, it would help me in optimizing the production level. My strategy would be to engage in sustainable development and create a platform for the company that would help the organization in further expansion. The future expansion would be beyond the five years time frame as we do not do business for 5 or 10 years.”
Q: What are your strengths?
Be careful in answering this question. Try to mention only those strengths that you could complement with an example. Say something like, “My honesty and hard work has being my strength throughout my career. In my last company when there was crunch in Human resource I took up additional responsibility…” or you may say “I am a quick learner. When I started off my career I had to unlearn and learn a lot, even I had to learn customized software used by the company. I did all this in limited time frame.”
Q: How do you pursue your hobbies?
It is better to share your hobbies and then tell them when you pursue them. The interviewer(s) would like to know whether you comprise your leisure time for work or vice versa. It is better to highlight how you maintain the balance. You say, “I like reading a lot. I normally read for an hour before I go to sleep. It not only helps me to unwind but also gives me a perspective to understand life and increase productivity…”
Q: What has been your greatest achievement?
Mention the achievement that has motivated you in taking higher responsibility or has helped you in overcoming a fear in academic or profession life. In case you are a mid-level or senior level employee then highlight achievements in your professional life. Anything related to academic may not be welcome. It may also send a signal that you haven’t achieved much in your professional life.
If you are fresher then try to highlight achievements during industrial training. You may also share information about any scholarship you got. Also share how that scholarship developed and shaped your career. If there had been any physical or mental reservation how you overcame it in your life.
Q: What has been your greatest failure?
Never say that you do not have any failure. Each and every individual in this world is bound to have some failure. Share your failure but do not go on sharing everything that you have failed in. Try to add what you have learnt from your failure. What you may say is, “All failures are bad and it would be wrong to categorize them in degree. I think that the major failure was when I…”
Q: How do you take challenges?
Do not mention anything like, “I take challenges head on…” or “get into the state of panic initially…” instead you may say that “I take the challenges in a positive way. There is always a scope of learning and challenges help in developing ourselves. I try to understand the challenges, its demand and the basic requirements to be addressed. I guess once these things are answered, the approach to the challenges become clear.”
Q: Are you willing to work in shifts?
Try to be short in answering this question. You may always ask about the timing of the shifts in case you are not aware. If you have any particular shift preference then you may add in your answer. E.g. - “I am comfortable working in shifts but given the permission I would like to add that I prefer to work in the morning and evening shift.”
Q: What is the thing you like the most in the world? Why?
Share your liking, even if it means saying things like the smell of the rain is the thing you like in the world.
E.g. - “I believe that the world is quite wonderful be it the colors of the nature or the people we meet. But I prefer it to be the smile. This small curved line can really make things straight. Even in any organization a smiling employee is likely to be more productive then a grumpy one.”
Q: What kind of person are you?
Don’t go for clichés. Never start with things like “I am happy go person” or “I am different from others” Try to project yourself in the way you are. This is not the only question that you are being asked. There had been other questions that you have already answered or will be answering. So the interviewer(s) would be judging you from those entire questions. This question will be used to cross check what they have understood about you.
You may say “I am not an extrovert and neither an introvert. I do take time in socializing and do prefer to give others the necessary room while interacting. I believe everyone should be respected the way they are…”
Q: Rate yourself on a scale of 10.
Do not be modest but at the same time don’t go overboard. Try to justify the rating with your experience and academic knowledge.
E.g. - “I would say that I lie in between 7.5 to 8. With four years experience in Aerospace Engineering and a strong academic background I feel I stand at this level…”
Q: Why did you choose _________ as your major/subjects?
Mention the reason why you chose the subjects, also highlights your previous achievements in the subjects at other levels of your academic background. While addressing this question you may say, “I had an inclination for the area of study from my high schools days. In under-graduation I choose Chemical engineering and then went on to do my Post graduation in the same domain with other important subject combination. The PG exposure helped in shaping my career according to the need of this growing industry and at the same time fulfilled my ambition.”
In case if you have not achieved high score in these subjects, do have a reason for this average performance. It is likely that the interviewer(s) may ask this. If the reason for the low marks is not asked then do not raise the issue.
Q: Are you willing to travel?
Do not jump into the answer and say “yes” or “no”. If you are not comfortable then let the interviewer(s) know the reason. In case this is due to any family obligation you may say, “I do not mind traveling, but due to the ailing health of my… I may not be able to travel” in case if you feel that you may be able to travel in certain cases do mention it.
Similarly, if you are happy in traveling then always ask for the degree of traveling, prior intimation about tour and other necessary information. You may say, “I would have no issue in traveling, but would like to know the amount of travel in a year. Further, how much time will be given to prepare myself before a tour?”
Q: Why are you leaving the organization you work for?
Do not say negative things about your present company and neither say things that would make the prospective company look inferior. Statements like, “The organization I am working for is the best in engineering business, an industry leader…” is strict no.
This would send wrong signal that you are questioning the capability of the organization you have appeared for interview. It is better to say things like what you have learnt and how you feel this company is going to give you the platform to apply it. Also how the company would give you the chance to grow.
You may start, “In the last few years with my current company, I have learnt about the engineering technicalities of oil extracting in Off-shore rigs. I have also worked in the sites and honed my practical knowledge. With this company venturing into the oil rigs, I believe I would fit the requirement. This would provide me the opportunity to take higher responsibility and also help me grow. The options in oil extraction operations in my present company have become limited due to certain company policy. Further, my academic background would also help me in adding value to my work…”
Q: How much time do you need to join the organization?
While answering this question consider the notice period that you may have to give or any other commitment that needs to be fulfilled. Explain the situation to the interviewer(s) and especially if you are asking for a longer joining period. You may start by saying, “I am aware of the mentioned joining time. But due to some prior commitments and/or contractual obligation with my present company I would request for a relaxation in the joining time. I would like to extend my joining date to…”
Q: Are you aggressive?
Do not go in highlighting your aggressive attitude. The interviewer(s) through this question would like to check your communication and leadership skills. Take a professional stand in answering the question. Do not say, “I would make sure that we achieve the result irrespective if my team has to work nights.” It would be ideal if you say, “I would make sure that we achieve the result in an aggressive way. Nevertheless, the aggressive attitude will be within the moral domain and would not jeopardize the situation.”
Q: What makes you a good manager?
Share your past experiences. Mention your achievements as a manger and the way you developed yourself. Also talk about your approach in the current job profile. It would be ideal to do a research about the company and also on the job profile. This would help you in answering the question and would also create a positive impression in the mind of the interviewer(s).
You may say “I believe managing is also about executing the policies that would fetch you the optimum result. During my past experience I guided a team in achieving the target…I also believe that if I apply my knowledge in this area of the company operation, we may achieve to double the production time and reduce the unwanted technical snags…”
In case if you do not have any prior experience as a manager, then mention the role that you played in guiding the project. You may say, “I have not been a manager but have take responsibility and guided the team in absence of the Manager…”
Q: What motivates you the most?
It is ideal to start with things that motivate you to grow professionally. It is better not to start with things like Snowfall motivates me or good music motivates, as these things would hardly be available in a highly intricate laboratory. You may say, “Challenge, and well defined future goals motivates me a lot. If an organization lacks a proper future plan then it would hard for the employees to stay motivated. Today I am applying in this organization as I feel the future objectives promise a whole lot of development that would help me defining my career and also keep me motivated to work harder”
Q: What skills and abilities do you have?
Highlight all the professional skills that you have learnt in your professional engagements including the software knowledge. If you are a fresher then highlight all the required software knowledge and also the domain knowledge that you have gathered through your internship.
Try to start with the most relevant skill and abilities and then go down the order. You may start, “I have 2 years experience in planning and writing project manual including all the technical aspect. I also participated in quality check and used all the necessary software to ensure that the software meet the required standard”.
Q: Is there anything you want to ask?
The interviewer(s) normally ask this question at the end of the interview and at the same time wants to measure the interest of the interviewee for the job. Ask questions in context with the job profile. You may also discuss things that you have failed to understand after going though the organization website. This would create a very positive impression about you in the mind of your future employer. You may ask, “I was going through the profile and found that you are expanding in off-shore oil rigging operation. I would like to clear out some issues that are in line with this operation. Further, I also believe that you are the right person in respect of your experience.”
One may also raise the remuneration issue if it has not been discussed. Nevertheless, it is always ideal to take a softer approach in highlight these issues.
Q: Design a four-input NAND gate using only two-input NAND gates.
Be technically right in answering the question. If the question is not clear then it is ideal to ask the interviewer(s) to repeat the question. If possible ask the permission of the interviewer(s) to let you explain the answer with the help of a diagram.
The answer to the question is to get an inverter, tie the inputs of a NAND Gate
Q: What experience have you had in working with field forces?
Share your experience and also provide details about the projects that you have being associated with. Mention the exact role you played. If you are a fresher then you may always say that, “I do not have much experience in working with field forces but was a part of a project that involved doing a research on filed force…”
Q: Tell us about your experience with computer-aided design software.
Mention about those software that are relevant to the job profile. Highlight the years of experience and also the version of the software used. Do not start with software that is not relevant in the job you are applying. In case you are not much aware about the software, then mention it and also share the necessary steps you are taking to learn this software. If you have already started learning the software then mention it as it would go down well with the interviewer(s).
E.g. - “I have experience in CAD and also have idea about SAP to manage the material usage throughout the project.”
Q: Where were your early contributions in your engineering work — planning, design, construction, operation, writing, teaching, and research?
The interviewer(s) through this question would be judging your competency level in various stages of the project. This question may come in the beginning or in the later part of the interview. It is therefore ideal to answer all the other questions in respect to the answer of this question or vice versa. In the earlier questions if have shared your professional knowledge then answer it as a gist of all the questions. You may say, “I started my career as an assistant to the chief research scientist. I used to assist him in research work and later arranged the data. I have also assisted my reporting officer in formulating teaching modules for internal tests and other requirements.”
Some more questions for Engineering Interviews
- What is the most challenging engineering project you have worked in your last organization?
- Tell us about the most critical project/presentation you have prepared.
- In your last workplace what are the projects you have worked upon? How much time you have spent on each?
- What have you enjoyed most in your engineering career?
- What according to you is the most impressive engineering development in the last years?
- Do you consider pursuing a patent? Tell us about your plans?
- What are your future plans? Where do you want to see yourself in the coming days?
- Suppose you are given a particular engineering project- tell us how you are going to best solve it?
- Can you tell us about an incident when your engineering know-how was really tested? How did you handle the situation?
- What are your future plans? Do you see yourself working as an engineer ten years hence? If not, then why?
- Describe a day in office when you had to constantly deal with challenges and surprises?
- During your career as an engineer have you participated in many management issues? Do you have experience in managing a team?
- What is your greatest achievement in your engineering career? Tell us about the innovative method that you have used to solve the problem.
- Why you chose to specialize in this particular line?
- If not an engineer what else you would have become?
- Do you think that an MBA degree is essential for engineers to advance in career? Do you have plans in pursuing an MBA in future?
- Tell us about the most challenging situation you faced in your engineering career?
- How do you deal with the daily engineering works? How do you cope up with the pressure?
- Which were your favourite subjects during the Engineering course?
- Are there any situations where you thought afterwards that you have not given your best?
- Are you comfortable in working in teams?
Mechanical Engineering Interview QuestionsQ: Explain about power technology?
Q: How is SAP useful for mechanical engineers?
Q: What are the different types of bearings? What are different types of rivets?
Q: What is the applicability of mechanical engineering in the industry?
Q: Explain Newton’s Laws.
Q: How is a factor of safety used in design?
Q: Interpret a Stress vs. Strain Curve.
Q: What types of equations or theories would be used in Static Failure?
Q: What types of equations would be used in Fatigue Failure?
Q: Which one is more efficient– a four stroke engine or a two stroke? Why?
Q: What are laws of Thermodynamics?
Q: What is Hess Law?
Electrical Engineering Interview QuestionsQ: Why electrical engineering?
Q: What is the difference between earthing and grounding?
Q: Why transistors are not used as switching devices?
Q: Define watt.
Q: How are analog signals converted to digital signals?
Q: Explain the differences between a transistor and capacitor.
Q: Describe the functions of a diode.
Q: Describe the basic elements of an integrated circuit.
Q: What is a UPS?
Q: Describe how energy is stored in an inductor on electronic level.
Q: What is the difference between a Verilog task and a Verilog function?
Q: What is the difference between a Vera task and a Verilog task?
Civil Engineering Interview QuestionsQ: According to you, what is the best design for building bridges?
Q: What are all the new civil construction materials and concepts?
Q: What is softsoil?
Q: Explain your project management?
Q: What are the CAD software versions you have used?
Q: What are some of the different ways to lay a foundation?
Q: Why is a manhole round?
Q: What is earth?
Chemical Engineering Interview QuestionsQ: How do you go about mixing two unknown chemicals?
Q: How would you separate water and benzene?
Q: How do you calculate the sonic velocity of a gas stream?
Q: What is unit operation?
Q: What are the effects of oils on the properties of Polyolefins?
Computer Science Engineering Interview QuestionsQ: Write a function that returns the factorial of a number.
Q: What are data structures?
Q: What are condition statements?
Q: Define exception handling with example.
Q: Name the operating systems you are familiar with.
Q: What is the difference between a bug and a virus?
Q: What is hyper threading (HT technology)?
Q: Which programming language would you choose to make accounting software and why?
Q: What is a database? How does it differ from data marts and data warehouses?
Q: Explain the projects undertaken by you.
Q: Write the code to sort an array of integers.
Q: What is the difference between recursion and iteration?
Q: What are the similarities between recursion and iteration?
Q: What are constructors?
Q: What is the difference between C and C++?
Q: What is the difference between a Class and a Structure?
Skills evaluation: Before you apply for a post it is essential that you evaluate your potential. You need to revise both your technical and soft skills. Start with making a list of your USPs.
- Are you good at identifying problems within a system?
- Are you quick at solving them?
- Do you have the ability to invent cost saving methods?
- Are you good at solving quantitative problems?
- Are you good at designing?
Research about employer: It is important to know what you are up to. Before going for the interview gather as much information as possible about the company, its profile, work culture, financial stability, business lines, HR policies, number of vacancies and so on and so forth. This will let you have a clear idea what you may expect in the interview.
Now-a-days, it has become really easy to find all these information. You can search through the company website or through the on-line alumni database of your college. Knowing about your prospective employer is a big advantage and it takes you closer to your dream job.
Research about the post: Know what it will require you to get the job. Check out the skills required, and experience needed. Then you may tally your expertise with the requirements mentioned. List the requirements and your skills and then decide what qualities you are going to highlight in your resume. This will help you market yourself in a better way.
Learn the basics: When you are applying for a special position it is important to upgrade your knowledge. It is also necessary that you get your basics right. Before attending the interview it is therefore important that you go through the text books once more. Also learn about the latest happenings in the sector. Your objective will be to prove yourself as a better choice for the post.
Carry resume: Always carry multiple copies of your resume and a cover letter to the interview. Also keep the copies of your educational qualification ready with you.
It is also important to keep at least three professional references ready with you. You must be having the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail id of your references available with you.
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