In a few days, I am appearing for my first ever job screening test.
Can you please help me with some useful links and sites/books which
will help me with revising the basics and preparing for the interview
type questions ?
P.S : I am a third year Electrical and electronics Eng. Undergraduate
and the company visiting will be a core sectir company basically into
I rarely get technical questions outside of "tell us about the
projects you've been involved with" or "what were your
responsibilities". Don't think of an interview as an exam. You
won't be able to cram for it, though an understanding of the
company's products, particularly the ones at that site will help.
IMO, sleep is more valuable than cramming, though I felt the same
way in college too.
Often we only ask one or two questions about some project or other that
you've worked on during your education. More about team skills and growth
potential. Proper attitude, plays well with others, and able to recognize
correct answer when shown goes a long way for that first job.
For us at least, things like spelling and grammar count, so ask someone to
proofread your resume and cover letter. You can read the same sentence five
times and not spot the mistake that someone else can find on the first read.
Not everyone will agree that writing skills are that important, but they
will always be an asset, never a hinderance. Engineering is about attention
to detail, and not taking the time to check your own work is not a favorable
impression. (some new engineers poo-poo writing skills as 'not important
enough to be bothered with', but then who decides what *is* important
Otherwise, be polite, know something about the company so you can ask some
relevant questions. Things such as what office / department would you start
working, possibilities for growth, etc... This shows that you've taken some
time to find out something about them and thought about how you might fit in
with their organization.
You'll be nervous of course, don't be afraid to admit it. If you find
yourself jabbering away or waving your hands or spilling coffee, just stop,
apologize and explain that you're obviously a bit nervous. Unless you're
applying for a job as a public speaker, you're not expected to be totally
smooth and at ease.
P.S. It's a good idea to send them a thank-you later for the opportunity to
meet with them. Keeps your name in their mind and shows some
As far as attiude, modesty, politeness, honesty etc...I totally agree.
As far as looking them right in the eye is concerned...I have my
reservations. Staring at people right in the eye may lead them to
believe you have homicidal tendancies (joke)...but it may make them
feel a little tense. The best advice given to me from a government run
employment advisory service in London many years ago was to look
people in the eye when they are asking you a question, look
interested...but regularly avert your gaze and then come back to them
again. That way the eye contact does not get embarrassing or tense.