Entries tagged with “Engineering” from Hawk Talk - Guthrie

 After four years of hard work and determination, I finally get a chance to prove myself to a potential employer. This will be the moment I have been waiting for. That’s right; tomorrow I have an interview for a full time job. I will be interviewing at a medical devices company in Waltham, MA, for a position in research and development.


The fact that this is a local R&D position in medical devices makes this job a great fit for me. So I want to do my best at this interview. Here are a couple of tips for job interviewing:


Prepare: Researching the company is important. You want to know what you are getting yourself into. If they have given you a job description, make sure you take time to read it thoroughly. You may also want to watch interview videos online and do practice interviews. Anything you can do to make yourself more confident will definitely help.


Be presentable and be on time: Make sure you dress appropriately for the position you are applying for. I typically wear a suit, since I am applying for full time engineering positions. I believe it is better to over-dress than under-dress. Make sure you get directions and give yourself extra time. The last thing you want to do is arrive late or miss an interview.


Show your knowledge: Try to relate the employer’s questions to what the company is looking for. This is why it helps to know the job description; you can tie past experiences into the companies focus. Stay calm, try not to over answer questions, and make sure to make eye contact.


Follow up: Make sure to send a follow up email and reassure the employer you are still interested in the position.


I have some preparation to do since tomorrow is the big day. I will be sure to post the results as soon as I find out. Thanks for reading!

We have just passed the half way point of this summer, and it has been very productive for me. I am working at my third internship in engineering, and attending my second summer class. After this summer is over, I will only need to take 4 more classes and 1 lab to graduate.


Hopefully, I will be able to get a full time job. My first choice would be to get a job offer from my current employer, Teleflex Medical. However I know that the economy isn’t very strong right now, so I will definitely apply myself to a few other places.


Next spring I hope to be working full time and taking one or two night classes. I want to try to get my master’s degree part time. Hopefully a few credits will transfer from my undergrad and I can get my masters in a couple of years.


Looking into job requirements for entry level engineers, I see that most companies want education and experience. They typically ask for a bachelor’s degree and 5 years experience, or a master’s degree and 3 years experience. So if I work my way through my master’s degree, I could get both education and experience at once. This appears to be my best solution to accelerating my career.


It looks like it will be a hard path, but I am excited to brave the challenge. I hope everyone reading this is having a productive summer as well.

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