Interview Questions/Answers for Engineers

Question: Did a project you worked on increase productivity or efficiency?
Answer: Boosted plant yields 17% through implementation of computer-aided manufacturing software.

Question: Did you assume leadership respon-sibilities even though your title might not have indicated so?
Answer: Appointed from seven-member engineering team as “system owner” for Procter & Gamble’s plant-wide power and control systems.

Question: Did a project you worked on increase productivity or efficiency?
Answer: Boosted plant yields 17% through implementation of computer-aided manufacturing software.

Question: Did you assume leadership respon-sibilities even though your title might not have indicated so?
Answer: Appointed from seven-member engineering team as “system owner” for Procter & Gamble’s plant-wide power and control systems.

Question: Did any of the projects you worked on save the company time or money?
Answer: Called in as troubleshooter to resolve oil and gas field-exploration projects in jeopardy of being terminated; field-engineering skills resulted in saving projects valued at more than $325,000 in revenue to company.

Question: Did any of the projects you were associated with produce a patent? If so, what impact did it have?
Answer: Assisted in design and field testing of patented device that gave com-pany an edge over competition.
Answer: Directional equipment device measures gravitational and magnetic fields and addresses recurring hydraulic and electronic problems.

Question: Did you lead or serve on cross-functional teams whose work had company-wide effects?
Answer: Led cross-functional engineering team that conducted time studies, developed process documentation, and converted facility to “work cells,” increasing production in one department alone by 37% (represents $1.4 million per year in product sales).

Question: Were you used as a corporate trouble-shooter?
Answer: Averted downtime losses of thou-sands of dollars per hour through technical troubleshooting skills relating to caustic fluids, hydrostatic pressures, etc. Traveled throughout the United States and Europe as troubleshooter.

Question: Did any of the projects you were associated with save money?
Answer: Installed advanced water-treatment system that reduced hazardous waste costs by $80,000 annually.

Question: Did you supervise contract engineering consultants?
Served as Project Manager for more than a dozen public-works construction projects for the City of San Answer: Leandro; directed managing consultants and contractors in timely completion of projects valued at more than $240 million.

Question: Did you reduce dependence on outside engineering consultants?
Answer: Reduced dependence on outside consultants, cutting expenses $290,000 over prior fiscal year; leveraged systems and internal resources to resolve complex electrical issues.

Question: Did you work on large-scale or difficult projects that were completed on time; and, if so, were incentive bonuses associated with them?
Answer: Won more than $250,000 in incentive bonuses for international communica-tions company through on-time construction of antenna systems (from prototype to customer acceptance).

Question: Did you help create new products; and, if so, what were those new products worth in terms of first-year or total sales to the company?
Answer: Directed design and reducibility for five new product lines that were introduced to fabrication; combined sales of lines represent 62% of company’s total sales volume.

Question: Did you hold secret security clearance or travel extensively?
Answer: Top Secret Security Clearance; extensive international travel (Thailand, Morocco, Guam, England, Germany).

Question: Were you selected to direct a large or key project?
Answer: Selected to head up the design and construction of underground conduit for 27.4 km of fiber cable with man-holes and pull boxes.

Question: Did you contract with a company for a special project; and, if so, what were the impacts to the company?
Answer: Selected for 12-member software-engineering team that designed and implemented a $3.7 million product profitability and marketing information system. Team results:
• Replaced/consolidated 10 disparate systems with a common database.
• Satisfied regulatory, product-management, marketing, service cost, sales analysis, and ad hoc informational requirements.
• Supported 60+ users company-wide in multiple disciplines.
• Provided company with commercial-ization potential of $500,000 per sale.

Question: Did you deal with difficult time constraints?
Answer: Civil engineering project manager for installation of wastewater land application effluent pipeline for City of Springfield; met tight 6-week schedule, allowing a building and sewer hookup moratorium to be lifted.

Question: Did you work for a consulting firm; and, if so, what were some of the benefits to the firm’s clients?
Answer: Designed HVAC systems for engineer-ing firm specializing in thermal energy storage; designs reduced energy costs by $79,000 for regional medical center, $62,000 for school district, and $124,000 for food processor.

Question: Did any of your projects have national or international impact?
Answer: Led engineering teams to produce industrial engineering solutions for Levi Strauss’ Continental Europe Division that increased productivity 4.5% ($1.7 million), raised material utilization 1.5% ($700,000), and shortened product-development cycle (approximately 15%).

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