Engineering Interviews: Common Questions and How to Nail Them

Before participating in engineering interviews, you should practice answering common questions. Developing clear, concise answers to typical interview questions helps show the interviewer how your knowledge, skills, experience, and accomplishments equip you for the role.

Preparing for engineering interview questions helps increase your confidence level. The more confident you feel, the more likely you will advance in the hiring process.

Practice answering these common questions to prepare for your engineering interview.

What was the most difficult project you worked on, and how did you get through the challenging tasks?

Show how you manage your time and multitask while working on complex projects that require multiple teams, resources, and timelines. Include your thought processes for overcoming challenges and your skills used to navigate forward.

For instance, “I worked on an engineering project that involved making predictions about mountains and the nearby roads. I changed the data to include climate and environmental changes so the risk factors aligned with the wildlife, weather, and residents. Although the project was challenging in the beginning, making these changes helped me complete it.”

How do you explain engineering ideas to an audience who is unfamiliar with the topic?

Demonstrate that you have a strong understanding of engineering concepts and can clearly explain them to non-engineering professionals. For instance, “I provide examples of engineering that are easily understood and relate to the person or situation. For example, when I talk with construction workers, I compare what I am saying to the process of how roads are paved. Relating the engineering ideas to real-life situations provides a better understanding of them.”

Which resources do you use to stay current with engineering developments?

Clarify the engineering blogs, magazines, professional associations, or other resources you use to learn about the latest news, technology, and trends. Also, demonstrate your ability to adapt to new processes and best practices.


For instance, “I subscribe to authoritative engineering journals and actively participate in engineer-based Slack chat rooms. I also read blogs and articles on the latest research and stay connected with peers outside of work.”

Which safety procedures are in place for when you check your engineering work for mistakes?

Show how seriously you take safety measures when working to minimize potential issues. Include how your knowledge of safety standards supports your desire to keep projects safe.

For instance, “I constantly check for mistakes. For example, I triple-check my math and measurements and ask a fellow engineer to check my work before marking it complete. These steps help ensure there are no mistakes.”

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