The Successful Job Interview: Dos and Don'ts

by Edward A. Kippel, Manager, Technical Services; American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, N.Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 10, Pg. 73-75

Document Type: Feature article


A job interview primer suggests ways to land the job you want with a consulting engineering firm. A key factor to the successful job interview is careful preparation. With careful research, anticipated questions and rehearsed answers, the interviewees will be more confident and improve their chances of being hired. Commonly asked interview questions are discussed, and suggestions are made regarding effective answers. The author suggests what not to ask and how to hedge trick questions. Tips on how to maximize the discussion of your experience are provided. Benefits and perquisites are reviewed. Suggested approaches on ending the interview and accepting an offer are provided. The author recommends: (1) once you get an offer, request only the thinking time you need; (2) do not give notice at your old job until you have made all necessary agreements with your new firm in writing ; (3) confirm the acceptance in writing and agree on a starting date with your new employer; and (4) give a previous employer at least two to four weeks notice.

Subject Headings: Employment | Consulting services | Writing skills | Engineering firms | Engineering profession | Agreements and treaties

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