Job Interview Questions and Answers for Engineers

Job Interview Questions and Answers for Engineers


Section One: Job Interview Questions for Engineers

( Please CLICK on the Question to reach the model answer, tips and related video)

Also at the end of this section is given a video with questions

General Questions Related to Your Education

Question No. 1: How has your education prepared you for your career?

Question No. 2: Why is your GPA not higher?

Question No. 3: What is your favorite subject?

Skills Based Job Interview Questions for Engineers

Question No. 4: If you said coding, then the next question could be: How good are you at coding?

Question No. 5: How good are you in technical skills like Java, SQL etc.?

Question No. 6: Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.

Questions related to your Internship and Projects

Question No. 6: What was your internship about?

Question No. 7: Tell me about the most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with during past year.

Question No. 8: Describe the most significant written technical report or presentation that you had to complete.

HR Related Job Interview Questions for Engineers

Question No. 9: Why should we hire you?

Question No. 10: Where would you see yourself after 10 years

Question No. 11: Tell me about yourself?

Question No. 12: Why do you want to join our company? 

Questions related to your Concepts

Question No. 13: What is the difference between dedication and commitment?

Question No. 14: Would you rather work with Technology or with people?

Video: Entry Level Job Interview Questions for Engineers

Section Two: Job Interview Questions and Answers for Engineers

Question No. 1: How has your education prepared you for your career?

How to answer the question:

This may seem quite a tough question to answer. However, if you analyze the intentions of the interviewer, you may find that he wants to probe a practical connection between your academic degree and the requirements of the job or the line of career.

Therefore, your answer should provide information that what have you learnt in your engineering college and how you will successfully apply in your chosen field of career.

Example Answer:

My college education has well prepared me for a smooth transition from college to work by equipping me with the skills necessary to perform and succeed. On my first internship – I honed in on my programming skills. In addition, I also learnt various aspects of digital marketing and analytics.

This experience has also helped to develop my communication skills- as I was required to work with others to complete the assigned projects.

I feel that the experience I gained was truly valuable – as it has prepared me for a career in IT, Digital Marketing and Analytics.

During my high school- I learnt German language – allowing me to communicate with a broader variety of people.

Short Video: How has your education prepared you for your career?


Question No. 2: Why is your GPA not higher?

How to answer the question

Certain employers have set minimum standards. Among them is a combination of college and school grades. Hence your grade point average (GPA) does matter.
Since you might have cleared the minimum requirements, you may still be lower than many of your competitors. Thus the interviewer wants to know if there is an important reason other than sheer brain power for why your GPA is lower than others.

Example Answer
During my first year in the Engineering College, I struggled with adjusting to college life and could not manage my time well in the freshman year. However, being a quick learner I soon learnt to more effectively by improving my time management. As you can see from my resume, I’ve improved each semester since then.
I am a practical person and I give more weightage to applying the concept in the real life rather than bookish knowledge.

Short Video: Why is your GPA not higher?


Question No. 3: What is your favorite subject?

How to answer

The interviewer is actually confirming your field of interest and the depth of interest in the subject of your choice. This also lets the interviewer know that how well you match with the requirements of the job for which you are being interviewed.

It is better that you are well prepared to answer this question, as the interview panel may be experienced and expert in that subject and they would ask some tougher questions on the same subject.

Example Answer

Overall software engineering is my favorite subject. I like this subject for many reasons. Firstly it is associated with software system development. Secondly this subject lets you integrate with other branches and subjects of computer engineering and software development like assessing requirements of end user, designing the algorithms before actual coding, create programs by coding, testing the code and its documentation.

Short Video:What is your favorite subject?


Question No. 5: How good are you in technical skills like Java, SQL etc.?

How to answer

By asking this question, the interviewer would like to know that how many programming languages you know and whether you are familiar with a language that they commonly use at the company.

In your answer, preferably you should talk about:

  • Your programming knowledge
  • How that is a fit for the prospective employer
  • Level of proficiency

Example Answer

I’m proficient in Java, C++, Ruby, C and Ocaml. I have a passing knowledge of SQL and Perl. My two best programming languages are Java and C++.”

Short Video:How good are you in technical skills like Java, SQL etc?


Question No. 9: Why should we hire you?

How to answer the question:

The interviewer is supposed to check if you fit into position well. So they have to check your academic qualifications, make sure that you are technically competent and also you have the right attitude with long term goals to stay in the organization. Hence, while answering the question point out your relevant qualifications and experience, related skill sets and positive attributes related to the job. In addition, it would also be a good idea to let the interviewers know about the good job you’ve done in the past.

Example Answer:

Quite honestly, I almost feel that the job description was written keeping my profile in mind. I have the 2 years of software programming experience, a track record of a few successful projects, and proven expertise in app development processes.

In addition, I have developed my communication skills from working directly with senior managers, which means I am well prepared to work directly with clients to understand their requirements and specifications of the projects. I have a reputation for getting things done in time.

Short Video:Why should we hire you?


Question No. 11: Tell me about yourself?

How to answer the question:

This is an open ended question, where you decide what you would like to share with the interviewer. Make use of this opportunity to highlight about your good academics, special skills and knowledge which are relevant besides your strengths and interests.

Example Answer:

I am Kumar from New Delhi, born and brought-up in this great city. My father is Brigadier in the Indian Army and he is a qualified Electrical Engineer. My mother is a medical doctor.

I have done my schooling (10th & 12th) from Delhi Public School and Engineering in Computer Science from Delhi Technological University, formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering.

I have been a good student throughout and in 10th, 12th and Engineering; I always scored very good marks.

While in my college, I have done many mobile application development projects successfully. Also, I have done certification courses on Android Application Development & Programming, App Development tools and Device Security.

As a fresher, I don’t have any work experience, but I have done internship for a start up in Digital Marketing and developed mobile applications on Android.

My goal is to build a successful career as a mobile app developer. I am skilled in planning, designing, developing, implementing, debugging and troubleshooting mobile applications using Android. Also, I am good in object oriented programming, Core Java, C++, Android framework & SDK, and Android Studio.

Short Video:Tell me about yourself


Question No. 12: Why do you want to join our company?

Alternate Questions

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work for us?

How to answer the question:

Hiring managers may ask this question to help figure out about your career goals and how well this position matches with your career aspirations.

Your first step should be to do a thorough research about the company, its management, business and the position of the company in the industry. Then you should honestly evaluate if you would like to make a career in the company in case the job is offered.

Example Answer:

Tata Consultancy is the largest company in IT sector in India and is the most respected name, more so because the company is a part of TATA group.

I have great respect for your company’s expertise in devloping software products and successfully executing prestigeous assignments. I would be honored to receive the offer to work with the best in the business.

Also I have many seniors from my Engineering college who have told me about your company’s employees culture and how you create a great environment for rewarding innovation.

I think my sincere and innovative style would fit in really well in this particular role.


Short Video: Why do you want to join our company?

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About the Author

Sundeep Kataria CV MakerSundeep Kataria is the CEO of ACS Consultants – a Management Consulting Firm. He holds multiple qualifications: MBA, PGDIT (IIFT), MS in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Diploma in Company Law. He has also formally learnt Digital Marketing and Website Making.

In 1995 he pioneered the concept of professional Career Counselling, Executive Coaching and Mentoring. Over the years he has mentored many professionals, like CAs, Engineers, Sales & Marketing Professionals, IT Experts etc.

The unique style of Sundeep Kataria is that he connects with each and every individual personally, holds in depth discussion before undertaking the assignment.

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