May 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm #4841
What are some difficult interview questions for industrial engineering related positions?May 3, 2019 at 6:02 pm #4859
I have been through many interviews, and very few of them asked technical questions about industrial engineering. Most interviewers aren’t trying to trick you, they just want to learn more about you and your industrial engineering experience. The hardest question I have had to answer was, “if we spoke to your past managers, what would they each say you need to improve upon?” It was tricky because it requires self-reflection, but it is essentially just a variation of “what are your biggest weaknesses?” The best way to answer those is to be honest and finish your response with the steps you have taken to improve upon those weaknesses.May 3, 2019 at 9:43 pm #4881
I agree with Kyle as I have interviewed multiple times and have never been asked a super technical question about IE. What I have found most influential in interviews is talking about your IE experience as it naturally fits into conversation. When answering an interview question, I try to connect it to an academic project I’ve completed. Talking about specifics such as what you designed, how you completed the project, and things you learned from the project are great points. Overall, if you can connect what you’ve done in school, projects, and other work experiences to the company you’re interviewing with, that is a great way to show you are qualified and excited about the job.May 3, 2019 at 10:01 pm #4883
One of the hardest question I got so far is not really about technical but about your people skill. I was asked how to ask operators/supervisors to change their method and convince them to do so even when they are stubborn and refuse to change?May 4, 2019 at 12:42 am #4891
As previous replies all mentioned, it is not necessarily the technical or academic part of you that they are trying to test— you made it to the interview and that means you already passed those tests— what the company wants to know now is how you deal with people and how you react in different situations (one of my professor even told us at this point what company really want is to make sure they are hiring someone ‘who would not embarrass them’. A little wild of an interpretation but I think it makes some sense). Self-reflection questions are usually hard as you’ll have to answer them in a way that both show you know your weaknesses AND turn that weakness into something that can ‘sell’ you to the company HR.May 5, 2019 at 11:30 pm #4932
“Tell me about a time when you solved a really difficult problem.”
This is a question that I had not prepared for. Most of the other “Tell me about a time when…” questions I had already pre-thought out answers for, but this one really made me think, as it will also qualify what you consider a “really difficult” problem.September 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm #6624
One of the hardest questions I was asked during my interview for an entry level IE role was “tell me about a time you failed…”. When preparing for the interview I was in the habit of talking about my experiences in a positive light so this question threw me for a loop. I think what the interviewers were looking for by asking this question is how the candidate corrected for their mistakes and learned from them. Putting a positive spin on a negative toned question can show that you have a good attitude!September 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm #6632
One difficult question I’ve faced during an interview is “tell me about a decision you regret”. Here, the interviewer is trying to get a sense of your character. They are looking for the perfect candidate, not the perfect person. Therefore, you should be honest and professional in your response and really emphasize what you learned in the process!
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