Question Overview: Process engineers are often required to work with other employees in the plant to complete their work. They should be able to describe how they interact with other employees and how they resolve conflicts.
Sample Answer: I am a good listener and I am able to work with others without getting frustrated. I have a good sense of humor and I can diffuse tense situations.
Question Overview: Employers are required to verify that all employees are legally authorized to work in the US. This question provides insight into the applicant's legal status.
Sample Answer: I am a US citizen.
Question Overview: This question gives candidates the opportunity to discuss their concerns about the position and how they will overcome them.
Sample Answer: I am concerned that I might not be able to keep up with the pace of the production line, but I am confident that I can learn quickly.
Question Overview: This question allows candidates to elaborate on their personal definition of a process engineer. Answers to this question can help employers determine whether the candidate has the necessary skills and experience to be successful in the position.
Sample Answer: A process engineer is someone who is able to work with a team and has the ability to learn new skills as needed.
Question Overview: This question gives candidates an opportunity to elaborate on a project that they worked on in college.
Sample Answer: I studied the effects of the new production line on the quality of the product. I discovered that the line was producing a higher percentage of defective products than the old line, so I recommended that we slow down the line.
Question Overview: Process engineers should have a basic understanding of the equipment they use. This question allows candidates to describe the differences between two pieces of equipment.
Sample Answer: A chemostat is used to control a chemical reaction by maintaining a constant concentration of reactants, while a turbidostat is used to control a reaction by maintaining a constant concentration of product.
Question Overview: Many process engineers are willing to relocate to find a job that is a good fit for their skills. This question allows candidates to elaborate on their willingness to relocate.
Sample Answer: I am willing to relocate for the right opportunity. I would prefer to stay within the U.S., but I am open to other countries as well.
Question Overview: This question allows the interviewer to gauge the applicant's interest in the position and whether he or she is planning on staying with the company for a long time.
Sample Answer: I would like to become a process engineer with more responsibility. I would like to work in a plant that has a high level of production.
Question Overview: This question is designed to give employers a broad overview of the candidate's experience and skills. Candidates should provide a brief summary of their education and work history, and then elaborate on their most relevant experience.
Sample Answer: I have a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. I have worked for several chemical companies in the past, including Dow Chemical and BASF.
Question Overview: This question allows candidates to describe their ideal manager. Answers to this question provide insight into the type of work environment the candidate prefers.
Sample Answer: I prefer a hands-off manager who allows me to work independently.
Question Overview: Employers want to know if the candidate will be able to work overtime or travel for business. This question also helps employers determine if the candidate will be able to balance work and family responsibilities.
Sample Answer: I have two children, ages 8 and 5. I am able to work overtime when needed, but I have never had to travel for business.
Question Overview: Process engineers are responsible for managing the work of other employees. They should be able to identify poor performance and take appropriate action to correct it.
Sample Answer: I would first try to identify the root cause of the problem and then determine what training would be needed to improve performance.
Question Overview: Process engineers are responsible for ensuring that all production processes are completed in a timely manner. They should be able to explain how they balance the need for speed with the need for quality.
Sample Answer: I always prioritize quality over speed. I will not compromise on quality, but I will work to make sure that we do not fall behind schedule.
Question Overview: Control limits are used to determine whether a process is in control. Process engineers should be able to define this term and explain how control limits are used to determine whether a process is in control.
Sample Answer: Control limits are a way to determine whether a process is in statistical control. If the mean and standard deviation of a process are within the control limits, then the process is in control.
Question Overview: This question is designed to get candidates talking about themselves. It is important to show that you are a well-rounded individual who has interests outside of work.
Sample Answer: I like to read, and I am also a member of the local running club.
Question Overview: Process engineers are often responsible for managing teams of workers, and they must be able to resolve conflicts that arise. This question provides insight into the applicant's ability to work with others and resolve disagreements.
Sample Answer: I was working with a team of engineers to develop a new process for a new product. We had a disagreement about how to best implement the process, so I brought in an outside expert to help us resolve the issue.
Question Overview: This question is designed to see how candidates handle interpersonal issues. Candidates should demonstrate their ability to resolve conflicts in a professional manner.
Sample Answer: I would first try to identify the root of the conflict and then try to come up with a solution that works for everyone.
Question Overview: Process engineers are often required to work long hours during peak production periods. Employers want to know how the candidate manages their personal life and if they would be able to handle the long hours and stress of the job.
Sample Answer: I am very organized and have a good support system at home. I have a family member who can help with childcare when I need it.
Question Overview: This question tests the applicant's knowledge of basic electronics.
Sample Answer: A diode is a semiconductor device that allows current to flow in only one direction.