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Asking Questions at Interview for Engineers:
Your Chance to Impress

Asking Questions at Interview

During the interview you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Ensure you do not waste this. Instead use it as an opportunity to impress your interviewers with questions that reflect the depth of your research. There may well be things about the role and company you simply couldn’t find out whilst investigating. Now is the time to discover more. Again preparation is the key. Ideally you want to prepare a number of questions in advance. Rehearse these and commit them to memory. Examples of the types of question you may want to consider are outlined below.

  • What are the future plans for the development and growth of the company? What is the impact on your team and role likely to be? Ideally your own aspirations and future plans should be complimented by those of the company. Use the answers you get to demonstrate you intend to grow in the same direction as the firm, helping them improve and thrive, hopefully for the long term. In short, demonstrate you are a complimentary match.

  • What aspects of the role don’t you know about? Have you researched comparable roles, perhaps with online technical recruitment agencies, and discovered things perhaps not revealed with the job you’ve applied for?

  • Will the role develop and is there an opportunity for you to shape and mould it?

  • What scope is there for your future progression within the company? How does this sit with your own future career plans?

  • What’s the company policy on continued professional development and training? Is there a structured development scheme? Do they have personal development plans? Do they support employees who want to progress – perhaps who have aspirations towards professional registration or industry recognised accreditation? Do they operate mentoring schemes?

  • Is there a particular technology, software or specialist technical skill you are interested in? The company may have experience in its application that may meet your ambitions.

  • Would you like to know more about the industry or certain aspects of it? Are there national and international aspects you’d like to find out more about?  

As well as pre-prepared questions, during the course of the interview there may be things you want to discuss or clarify. Use your questions to find out facts. Also use this session to establish a connection with your interviewers.

Asking Questions at Interview

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If there is such a shortage of engineers, why aren’t engineering salaries shooting through the roof? What do you think?

We constantly hear about the skills shortage in engineering and high-end manufacturing? Well according to the laws of supply and demand, a shortage of anything should increase its value. So why aren’t engineering salaries sky rocketing as a result? Or are they? What do you think?

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