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Simple Interview Mistakes That May be Costing You the Job

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Interviews can be tricky situations. You may be extremely qualified for a position, have done your homework and be feeling confident; then you don’t hear back, and you’re left wondering what went wrong. According to Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions, research shows most interviews go south because of simple… Read more »

Are You Losing Great Candidates to Your Competitors?

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Losing candidates to competitors is frustrating – and expensive. Investing time and resources in someone who accepts a job elsewhere can set back your search by weeks, or even months. If this has happened to your team on more than a few occasions, the problem likely rests with your hiring process. These are the most… Read more »

Preparing for Situational Interview Questions as an Engineer

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Situational interviews are very similar to behavioral interviews in the sense the hiring manager will ask you to address specific situations you have previously experienced on the job. Interviewers like situational questions because they provide a window into the way you approach challenges on the job. Use these tips to prepare for a situational interview… Read more »

How to Take Ownership of Your Engineering Career

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Here’s an engineering career gut-check: The only person in charge of your career success is you. If you’re feeling stagnant, feel your current boss is holding you back or you aren’t moving up as fast as you’d like, it’s time to sit down and take ownership of your career. Here are three things you can… Read more »

Questions You Should Ask During Every Interview

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During every interview, you will be given the floor to ask your own questions of the hiring manager. The questions you choose can reinforce the idea you are the ideal candidate for the job – if you do it right. But your questions really serve two purposes. Yes, they should impress the hiring manager, but… Read more »

Time-Management Strategies to Improve Your Personal Efficiency

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As an engineer, you’ve probably mastered the art of time management and efficiency on the job. Wasted time can set projects back and can cost thousands of dollars – if not more. When you’re conducting a job search in addition to working full time, it’s easy for your professional time-management skills to fly out the… Read more »

Using Culture and Reputation to Attract Top Talent

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When it comes to recruiting, it is the talent who has control in today’s market. The best and brightest engineers can write their own tickets, and they aren’t just looking for top salary. They seek employers who have a culture in which they will thrive. Here are strategies to use your culture and reputation to… Read more »

Engineering Job Options: Civil Designer

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Civil designers work for engineering firms, construction firms, private industry and government agencies. Under the supervision of engineers, they are responsible for creating the plans that crews will use to build infrastructure projects that can include roads, bridges, dams and waterway structures and more. Designers must have strong mathematical skills, excellent interpersonal skills and a… Read more »