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If you receive a job interview call for a fresh civil engineering position, how would you prepare yourself for interview questions?
Don’t worry, we are here to help.
Fresh graduate job interview questions are generally divided into three categories:
Initial Preparation before attending the interview:
1. Why did you choose the Civil Engineering degree? Which modules/projects/topics did you find most enjoyable and most difficult or challenging?
Suggestion - Your need to think about this answer not only for the interview purpose but also for your own clarity as well. If you are unsure why have chosen Civil Engineering, then you may not be able to fight the external challenges wholeheartedly.
2. What is/was your final-year project/dissertation.
Suggestion - Your final year project is your first attempt to conceptualise a real-world project, so make sure you present it with full clarity and confidence.
3. Share an example where you face a technical problem and you solved it.
Suggestion - Here you can mention a technical problem during your final year project or any other practical problem that you may have faced e.g – during a topo survey with the team, any group-based project, etc. you should try to demonstrate your leadership skills or technical skills or project management skills here.
4. In your internship, what technical knowledge did you learn?
Suggestion- It's very important to choose your internship properly during your second year or third year because that will be more likely your potential field for employment. This means, if you have completed your internship at a building construction site or design office, you will get your first exposure in the Building construction field so, you would be more comfortable answering building industry-related questions.
But having said that, it’s not impossible to move to another field if you explain your learning and lessons from that internship and why you prefer to switch.
5. What is your understanding of AutoCAD for drawing production and the role of Building Information Modeling (BIM)?
Suggestion: AutoCAD is one the most important drawing preparation tool and it is recommended to know the use of AutoCAD at least to a basic level. Please read this blog "Type of Civil Engineering Drawings" for details. BIM is a new technology in the industry and rapidly expanding its footprint in every civil engineering sector. You can find loads of detail through search.
6. Where do you see yourself professionally within the Civil Engineering Industry in five years’ time?
Suggestion: There is no right or wrong answer to this question. You may have your vision and career plan for yourself. But if it does meet with the company vision for that potential employee, it may be set in your favour. So you can plan your answer accordingly.
7. What are the most relevant skills that you could bring to this job?
Suggestion: if you are fresher, it's very important to showcase your softs skills and some hands-on experience on some pilot projects or Dummy projects. This will help them to consider you as a potential candidate for the role.
We have published a blog “how to get a job with no experience”, please read that for details.