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post #1 of 37 Old October 25th, 2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question for you guys in a engineering or other professional career

I have my first interview for an internship in the engineering department of a local manufacturing facility.

Aside from obviously dressing nice and carrying yourself accordingly, what should I be prepared for? Obviously I have really no prior experience to fall on, and I'm sure they know this since I'm applying for an internship and I'm still in college.

Any tips? I'm nervous about what to expect.
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Show that you are an exuberating young guy. Give the impression that you are ambitious and willing to grow, learn, experiment on top of your current knowledge. I've worked manufacturing for almost 5 years. Id write more but I'm on break and gotta go. Lol

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Show that you are an exuberating young guy. Give the impression that you are ambitious and willing to grow, learn, experiment on top of your current knowledge. I've worked manufacturing for almost 5 years. Id write more but I'm on break and gotta go. Lol
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Obviously dress nice and be polite but don't kiss ass. Show them what you know and stress how hard of a worker you are. Don't be too nervous either. My first professional job interview was actually easier than the retail/part time job type interviews I had before.

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You need to go in there and m ot show fear. People will feed on that. When you get in talk tough and don't be scared to back it up. Find the biggest baddest head honcho mother fuck in there and whoop his ass. Then shank thw guy beside him. Might land ya a few months in solitude but once you get out ya won't be fucked with. Then ya get mad street cred once the outside hears.

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Know something about the company. 9 times out of 10 they will ask. Don't be afraid to interview the interviewer. My favorite question for an interviewer that is a manager I ask them to describe their management philosophy in 1 work. Just relax, know your experience, and remember that if they've brought you in they already probably think you can do that job. They want to make sure you can back up what's on your resume and that you are a good cultural fit.
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I know when my dad was interviewed for a few positions they asked him if there was something he did at his current job that he didn't like(like if he messed up on something), and asked him to describe a situation where a problem had occurred and he had to overcome it and describe how he resolved the issue.
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No prpblem brother. Thats the closest I've ever been to an internship. Figured I might as well add my 2 cents lol.

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I know when my dad was interviewed for a few positions they asked him if there was something he did at his current job that he didn't like(like if he messed up on something), and asked him to describe a situation where a problem had occurred and he had to overcome it and describe how he resolved the issue.
I HATE those questions.

So tell me a problem that came to light and how you solved it?

I never know what to say. What exactly can you even say? The shitter was clogged, so I took the plunger and uncloged it?

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Know something about the company. 9 times out of 10 they will ask. Don't be afraid to interview the interviewer. My favorite question for an interviewer that is a manager I ask them to describe their management philosophy in 1 work. Just relax, know your experience, and remember that if they've brought you in they already probably think you can do that job. They want to make sure you can back up what's on your resume and that you are a good cultural fit.
Its just an internship. I have no experience lol. But I agree with the comment that they are bringing me in so they probably already think I can do it. That makes me feel pretty good.


I did work as a wireman in a robotics manufacturer one time though. Ill be sure to mention that.
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I've never had that type of question before, but I would have a hard time answering it.
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Go in there relaxed and confident, if you are not generally confident or get nervous learn to fake it. Don't seem cocky though, if you seem like a douche they will simply find someone else. As said before, make sure you are well dressed; the better you look the more confident you will be. Make sure your suit fits properly, shirt is pressed, tie your tie well, socks go with your suit (don't wear black socks with a blue suit). I pride myself on usually being the best dressed, most professional looking one in the room on most of my interviews.

Research the company, know what they will require you to do. I've interviewed for engineering positions in industries I have never heard of and spent hours the night before research the company and what they do so I can speak intelligently about it. Knowing the company will also add to your confidence. This may sound stupid, but know what is on your resume. You should pretty much be able to recite your resume and speak in detail about what is on it. I've heard from interviewers that many people have trouble speaking about what they put on their resume. Also think of questions to ask the person who is interviewing you. I've been looking for an entry level job since I recently graduated and typically ask; What will my training be like? What will a typical work day consist of? How much work is done in teams? Questions like that.

One last point, don't forget a follow up email after the interview. Just tell them thank you for taking time to interview you and giving you an opportunity to learn more about the company. Something along those lines as a courtesy for their time.

I hope this is helpful to you and good luck. Now I just need to find a career for myself.

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Def be looking good, I applied for a security postion at an amusment park, couldn't tell you how many people just looked like complete slobs. The guy I interviewed for asked me some questions but I told he I was more than likely going to be working in boston. He said good luck in getting that job and to call him and let him know if I got it or not. For me Im not big on suits. But I will generally wear a Dress shirt, dress pants, nice watch, and shoes, Everything Ironed, everything perfect, hair perfect, shaved, no dry skin on my face, I moisturize my hands before the ride to the interview. For me Im all about details Im this anal because I notice when other people don't, like they have a stain on their shirt that's barely noticeable, stuff like that. If I were to be interviewing in a professional field then yes I would wear a suit.

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I think ill be sure to polish my porpoise before I go in. A clean porpoise makes you look a lot better for the position.
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