1. Tell us what is your favorite/least favorite part of engineering?

My favourite part has to be the practical elements of the job, especially when I solve problems hands-on to make a machine work. I'm not always a massive fan of the tedious paperwork side of things, but I also understand that it's key to the smooth running of any project. You can't have one without the other.

2. Explain me why are you interested in this role?

Stating a clear and concise answer here is crucial. The employer is looking to see that you are interested and ready to invest your time into such an opportunity. Be specific about your goals and expectations, discuss how you believe your qualifications are in-line with those required of the position, and be ready to explain why you chose this particular company when applying.

3. Tell us what do you enjoy most/least about engineering?

You should tailor this to the responsibilities of the role you are interviewing for and try to keep your answer centred on the positives.

4. Tell me why are you interested in a position with our company?

Your interviewer is trying to understand “Why us?” This is your chance to tell him what you know about the company and express a genuine enthusiasm for the role. Take a look at the company website and any recent press releases.

5. Explain me where do you see yourself ten years from now?

You should research a career path that would flow from the position for which you are interviewing and ensure that you emphasise the intention to master the demands of that position first.

6. What is your greatest weakness as Trainee Engineer?

The interviewer knows that everyone, including you, has a weakness-and probably more than one. To provide a good answer to this question, you should focus on a non-essential skill, highlight skills you have improved, and turn a negative into a positive

7. Tell us what new engineering skills have you recently developed?

The interviewer is asking this question to gauge your own initiative in keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date. Engineers have to keep pace with changes in the industry and technological advances.

8. Explain me what was the workload like in your previous engineering department?

It is imperative that you do not complain about the workload in your previous job, even if it was taxing. Illustrate your efficiency; explain how you manage your time and prioritise tasks.

9. Explain me what makes you a good leader?

It's best to not focus on behaviour of previous bosses you might not have got on with; you'll look like you're harbouring resentment and that won't work in your favour. It is however, fine to praise the traits of a good leader or manager you've had in the past. Think about what traits a good manager has. A good answer would be something along the lines of: “I appreciate when managers and leaders are understanding of the needs of their employees, as well as knowledgeable about their strengths. This builds a strong team.”

10. Where do you see yourself five years from now as Trainee Engineer?

Your new employer is going to invest a lot of time and money in your training and development, and they don't want to hear that you get bored easily and will likely look for opportunities elsewhere before too long.

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