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Entry Level Structural Engineer was asked...12 January 2015

It was just a background check kind of interview. Nothing on technical side.

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They had two positions and Interviewed three before me. I think I was just their back up. Less


1. Tell me how you see yourself in 5 years? 2. Do you have any other questions?

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I am excited by the companies diverse specialties and the different areas you are working on. I wish to learn from this diverse environment and wish to grasp knowledges in different subjects. Less

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

What do you know about our industry?

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Taking the structural examination the give to you at the beginning.

Severud Associates

Was there a time when you had to do something you did not want to?

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Yes, I don't want to work on Saturday as normally have make our life equal with worldly duties Less

Pratt & Whitney

Questions during CTC tour: It seemed like he was interested in my ability to hold technical conversations. 1) What mechanical system does this fan blade look like? 2) Why are there connecting pieces 3/4 way along the fan blades? 3) How do you think this fan blade (with no connecting pieces) was designed to overcome vibration issues when it spins at the blade's natural frequency? How did the engineers increase the stiffness?

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1) A cantilever beam 2) To support the fan at two points to limit propagating vibration, and to distribute this vibration across all other blades 3) The width of the blade was increased (Moment of inertia I = bh^3/12) and the fan was made hollow to reduce the influence of mass. Less

DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Why us? What makes us special (compared to other firms)?

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Mention how their projects are in line with your experience and that they are very interesting and you are excited for the challenge. Great atmosphere, mentoring, etc.. all things firms want to hear. Less



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this question is grilling me

Tectonic Engineering Consultants, Geologists & Land Surveyors, D.P.C.

They asked me what I was expecting to get paid

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I told them I wasnt comfortable answering that question yet

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Tell me about your research

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Described my doctoral research

ZFA Structural Engineers

No unexpected questions. Talked about previous experience.

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