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Whether you are a new graduate or a seasoned professional, you will need to take an aptitude test to be considered for most engineering positions. On this page, you can learn about the hiring process for most engineering positions, and gain valuable insight into the interviews and psychometric tests you will undergo as part of the screening process.

What Is the Hiring Process for an Engineering Position?

This is the application process for most engineering jobs:

  1. Apply online: send in your resume, cover letter, and online application form. Be sure to check your resume for typos and polish it before sending it. Likewise, you should tailor your cover letter to each company and position for which you are applying. 
  2. Video/telephone: the first interview that you will be invited to will likely be a video or telephone interview. This interview will likely be conducted by recruiter whose goal is simply to determine if you have the mandatory perquisites for the position. In the case of a video interview, you may be provided with a set of questions and asked to record short answers for each question.
  3. Assessments: these may include a personality test; numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests; and/or an IQ test. Be sure to practice beforehand in order to ensure your success on the tests.
  4. In-person interview: if you achieve a sufficiently high score on the tests, you will be invited to an in-person interview. This interview may be a panel interview with managers and a human resources representative, or it may be one-on-one.
  5. Tour and final interview: this is the last step before receiving an offer. You will likely be invited to a tour of your future workplace, as well as a short final interview. Alternatively, the tour may take place after your first in-person interview
  6. Get hired! Receive an offer and negotiate salary and benefits.

What Is the Interview Process for an Engineering Position?

The company to which you are applying wants to determine that you have the technical skills and knowledge required for the job, as well as the necessary work ethic and people skills. In addition to assessment tests, the interviews are an opportunity for you to convey that you are the right person for the job. Questions will be mostly behavioral in nature and will focus on your achievements. You must demonstrate that you have a thorough knowledge of your field, as well as problem-solving activities. To this end, you should emphasize your previous experience according to the STAR format:
  1. S: state the situation
  2. T: explain your task(s)
  3. A: describe the actions you took
  4. R: summarize the result
If you are a recent graduate with little experience, talk about your relevant abilities and any projects that you completed at university. Make sure that your passion for learning on the job comes across.  

Interview tips:

  • Bring a pen and paper to make notes during the interview. Taking notes shows that you are serious about the job and it also lets you organize your thoughts.
  • Dress for success! Even if you will be working in a factory or outside in a remote location, you should always wear clean, pressed clothes to your interview.
  • Research the company's history and values before the interview.
  • Think about specific situations that you have faced at work beforehand so that you can easily provide concrete examples of past achievements when asked.

What Assessment Tests Will I Have to Take?

Since engineering positions are well-paid, highly sought-after jobs, companies want to ensure that they are hiring the best possible candidates. To do so, most companies use assessment tests to evaluate candidates' skills and behavior. Some tests are the same as tests for management candidates in other industries. The most commonly-used entrance exams for engineering jobs include the following:

  • Personality Tests
  • Inductive & Deductive Reasoning Tests
  • Reading Comprehension Tests
  • Numerical Reasoning Tests
  • Spatial Reasoning Tests
  • Mechanical Reasoning Tests

How Can I Get Ahead of Other Candidates at These Companies?

Engineers work across many industries, such as technology, oil and gas, airlines, construction, and utilities. From small family-run businesses to multinational corporations, engineers are employed in a diverse range of positions. Preparation is the key to getting hired.

Some of the biggest companies that employ engineers include the following: 

Companies That Hire Engineers

Johnson & Johnson

Google

 General Electric

Amazon

Procter & Gamble

The Coca-Cola Company 

Glencore

Rio Tinto

ExxonMobil


No matter what job or company you are applying for, JobTestPrep can help you prepare for your assessments and get hired.

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