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The engineer you interview with will often take you on a tour of the company.
Listen carefully to what the engineer says and shows you. For this part of the interview, it’s important that you pay close attention to what the interviewer is telling and showing you so that you can come up with questions to ask during the tour.
The tour is an excellent chance to get a feel for your potential new work environment, meet some of your potential co-workers, and gain a better understanding of the company’s project. Introduce yourself and shake hands with any co-workers you’re able to interact with during the tour.
Ask the interviewer questions and paraphrase what you observe throughout the tour to show that you’re mentally engaged and interested in the company.
For example, the interviewer can mention how most of the electrical systems are replacing the relays with a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). This gives you the opportunity to bring up any PLC experience you have, ask how the transition to PLCs is going for the other engineers, ask what kind of PLCs are being used, etc.
Keep in mind, going on a tour of the company is NO GUARANTEE that you’ve secured the position. It just means you haven’t screwed anything up enough to end the interview.
The interviewer will give you the chance to ask them questions at the end of the interview. The questions you ask can seal the deal and get you hired. These are some of the things you want to accomplish with your questions:
Don’t ask questions just for the sake of asking questions or because it’s good etiquette. I did that a few times and basically shot myself in the foot every time. Ask questions that give you a better idea of what the company is like, what the job requires, what you have to offer the job and the company, and shows appreciation for the interviewer.
To an engineer: “(insert name here), I’m glad to have this opportunity to speak to a professional engineer like you. You must have a lot of insight into what being an engineer is like. In your mind, what are the qualities of a good engineer?”
To an HR person: (Insert name here), you must have interviewed many different candidates for positions at the company and gained a lot of insight into what the ideal candidate is like. In your mind, what are some non-technical qualities, not listed in the job description, that the ideal candidate would possess?
Example: “(Insert interviewer name here), I know that my practical experience for some of the job qualifications is not very strong, and I want to learn as much as possible on my own so that I can really hit the ground running on my first day. What are some resources that you would recommend I look into?”
People generally enjoy talking about themselves, so it’s worth asking the interviewer about their time at the company, how they got their start, etc. You’ll also get a better idea of what the day-to-day at the company is going to be like.
It shows you were listening to them and will get the interviewer to like you.
You make it seem like you’re already hired and a part of the company with this wording, so you’re more likely to be hired. You also show interest in the success of the company and that you’re an overachiever who will exceed the requirements of your position.
Questions 9-11 are just to give you an idea of how the hiring process will move forward after the interview. If you don’t hear anything back in 5-10 business days, follow up with your interviewer about how the hiring process is going.
IMPORTANT: Questions 3 and 7 to 11 might be answered during the interview. If you want to ask them again, say something like: “I know we covered this already, but could you remind me of…?”
That’s how you interview for a job. Comment down below what you think and if this helped you in your interviews. I’m considering creating another blog post where I take all the common job interview questions and provide effective answers to them. Let me know if you guys are interested in that.
All the best,