Mechanical Engineering Interview Questions

You can always progress to a new level or a new position in whatever industry you work in and interviewing or answering questions may be part of the process.

Before applying for any new job or position research should always be done, not only to make sure that the job is right for you but also to ensure that you understand the role and the industry as this will impress the employer. In addition, when preparing for a job interview it is important to think about your skills, previous experience, and interest in the job and how well you will fit in.

Employers want to see relevant experience in relation to the job role and as the Telegraph Jobs interview questions article shows they will frequently ask general questions as well as specific questions on skills so having prepared examples of what your response will be will help in this situation.

Remember, that in an interview, it is really important to show your enthusiasm for the job role and the industry itself. The interviewer is more than likely to ask why you want the job so you must be able to answer in a way that shows you to be a good fit for it.
If you are able to speak to others that have a job in the related fields you are interviewing in, they might be able to give you an insight into what the interview was like for them.  This really helps in the planning of your own interview.

Today, we are examining the mechanical engineering job sector and how to best plan for an interview within this. We have spoken to Abbie Hutty a strong female leader within this sector to gain an insight into the process involved and her personal tips. We hope this will help you in your next interview.

Abbie Hutty’s Interview Process as A Mechanical Engineer

Abbie Hutty a young mechanical engineer who was featured in the recent launch of the Telegraph Jobs Women in Space database kindly gave us an insight into her world as a mechanical engineer working on space activity. Check out Abbie Hutty’s Q&A below and if you want to become the next Abbie Hutty follow her top tips!

1 - When interviewing for a “Mechanical Engineer” job what was the structure of your interview like?

Abbie: I joined the company as a graduate, so after an online application and some numerical and verbal reasoning tests, I was invited to attend a full-day assessment centre. This comprised further numerical and verbal reasoning tests, group and individual activities and presentations, and a technical and HR interview.

I prepared by taking some online verbal and numerical reasoning tests - just so that I knew what kind of format to expect, and by reading over some of my lecture notes from university, to make sure it was all fresh in my mind. I also researched the company, its sector and competitors so that I was well informed about the market they were operating in.

Tip: I would advise candidates to make sure that they are themselves during the interview and don’t lie. It’s a two-way process – finding if you match the company and they match you. If you are putting on an act then you may end up losing out on a job you’d be well suited for or getting a job you are not. However, it is very important to enter into all the tasks and do your best to be involved in all discussions and activities it can be tempting to hold back so that you don’t get anything wrong but if you don’t say anything, no-one can form an opinion of you - good or bad - so you won’t get the job.

Before your interview, think about a few examples of things you have done and experiences you have had that you think are relevant for the job, and show you in a good light. Then work the conversation around to allow you to discuss them, even if it means bending the question that you are asked. Most of the time the interviewer doesn’t care if you strictly answer their question, they just want to hear why you think you are right for the job so it is good to have a few things prepared to talk about so that you don’t waste valuable interview time trying desperately to recall a suitable anecdote!

2 - What type of technical questions were specifically asked and how are these best answered?

Abbie: The technical questions for a graduate level job are likely to be on content that they can guarantee was a part of any candidate’s degree. As such it will likely be quite theoretical, such as free body diagrams, pin-jointed structures, fluid flow, beam bending, and so on.

Tip: Make sure that you are clear on the basics – so worst case scenario if you are presented with something you are unfamiliar with you can break it down to first principles and at least begin to come up with a method for solving it- even if you don’t reach that solution. The interviewers want to see that you can think of ways to solve unfamiliar problems, and how you tackle them and begin to break them down.
Another favourite is to bring along manufacturing drawings and ask the candidate about what it shows, how you would make the part, and why the part has been designed how it has, or how it could be improved. Obviously this is difficult to prepare for but make sure you are familiar with the layout and information contained in manufacturing drawings so that you can describe what you are being shown and be comfortable in interrogating such drawings.

3 - What keywords do you feel is important for a candidate to mention in their interview when describing themselves?

The biggest concern of most recruiting managers is how well you will fit into their team, and how much effort you will make in order to learn to perform well in your role. Most graduates will still have to learn a lot to begin to perform the work required in their role so you have to be willing to learn, and motivated to expand your understanding of the company and its business.

Tip: You have to be able to co-operate with a multitude of other staff members to learn your role, and to interact with other departments, customers and suppliers in the course of your work. As such they need to see an able communicator who is going to behave professionally and develop appropriate working relationships with any given individual.
As you can see, the interviewing process is very important and Abbie stated the following:
Abbie: All candidates applying for new positions feel nervous, but remember that your interviewers are humans too! They want to like you, and they want you to be suitable for the job so you just have to be yourself, try your best, and develop that rapport with them that allows you to both feel comfortable in what is an unusual and stressful situation for both of you. And be yourself! If you don’t get the job, chances are it wasn’t suitable for you anyway. Good luck!



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