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Young Engineers Point of View: Conduct an Effective Interview


As a new graduate, your focus is typically on getting a job. You spend time polishing your résumé, honing your interviewing skills, and, perhaps, picking out your first suit. Interviews can be stressful, but eventually your engineering acumen and stellar people skills (and maybe that suit) will land you a job.

In your new role, the tables may turn, and you will find yourself as the interviewer, rather than the interviewee. It is important to take this task seriously. Not only are you potentially selecting someone who you will be working with daily, but you are also being trusted to make an important financial decision for the company. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) states in its 2016 Human Capital Benchmarking Report that the average cost of hiring an employee is $4,129.

While it is impossible to be certain how a candidate will perform in the role, you can get a good idea by conducting an effective interview. Follow these tips the next time you are the interviewer.

Prepare. Consider the job description, and make a list of skills, personal qualities, and general attributes you think a candidate needs to be successful in the position. Keep the list focused to at most five items. From this list, you can develop questions that will help you discern whether the candidate does indeed...

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