How to answer frequently asked questions in job interviews for an Engineer

By | February 8, 2017
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It is common for people to think that having a good resume, impeccable recommendations, and adequate personal presentation is enough to do well in a job interview, but it's not quite like that. In addition to the posture that the candidate needs to demonstrate, such as not being late and not lacking education, he should prepare for the interview. But, how to prepare yourself for an interview where you don't know what the questions will be?

According to Madalena Feliciano, project director of the company Outliers Careers , it is necessary to study the company and get to know it well. "The candidate must present confidence and maintain a appropriate posture  to the moment. Studying the company and its values can give you points if you show the recruiter that you know the organization where you want to work "

Madalena listed three frequently asked questions in interviews and it is worth planning the answers:

1 - Talk about yourself or what are your qualities and flaws/strengths

These are almost mandatory questions in a job interview and should be very well practiced for a succinct answer, direct and, above all, that value your professional profile. It's a way for the interviewer to know more about you than what is on your resume. You can talk about your qualities and bring up situations that appeared and your qualities ended up helping to solve a certain situation. Give preference to the strengths that can help you in the function that you will have if you are hired. However, it is important to know how to do your personal marketing without bragging too much, that is, without seeming arrogant. Avoid using words like: proactive, persistent, etc.

When you talk about your weaknesses, be honest. If you lie, this could be a shot in your own foot. It is advisable to speak of a defect of yours that is being worked over time and that this weak point is being work in some way for you to improve more and more.  If the interviewer wants to know a little about your personal life, do not overdo it - speak only the basics because he is not interested in your problems or your whole life.

2 - What are your short or long term goals?

Self-knowledge is essential in a job interview. This is because, in many cases, the most difficult questions are those that require answers about yourself. So besides knowing how you are (your qualities and faults), you also must have goals and plans for the future.

After speaking what you want, ask about the company. In addition to showing interest and curiosity about the place, you can assess how much work there can be important in your career. Responses like "making lots of money" or "retiring" are totally forbidden.

3 - Why should we choose you?

This is a great question for the candidate, where he earns a space to make his personal marketing. The answer can be given in several ways, but speaking that you may be important to the company and justifying it, is one of the best answers. In this way, the candidate can show his values, show how he works, his behavior in the workplace and show that he can make a difference in that company. Another question that can be asked by the interviewer is something you have in your resume. "He may ask about some experience you have already passed or even test some information, such as your english level. That is why it is fundamental not to lie on your resume, so that at the time of the interview the candidate can show that everything that was put in the curriculum is true, because nobody will hire someone dishonest", concludes Madalena.