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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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 allows candidates to elaborate on what they are looking for in a job. This can include the type of work, the company's industry, or other factors.
Sample Answer: I am looking for a position that will allow me to use my knowledge of process engineering to help a company improve its production processes. I am willing to relocate if necessary.
Question Overview: Process engineers are often faced with difficult decisions, such as whether to shut down a process to fix a problem or to keep it running and risk a larger problem later. This question allows candidates to elaborate on previous experiences where they had to make such decisions.
Sample Answer: I once had to decide whether to shut down the process or continue running it. I chose to shut it down and then I had to figure out how to fix the problem.
Question Overview: Process engineers should be familiar with the basic mechanics of all machines that they work with and be able to troubleshoot problems as they arise. This question allows candidates to elaborate on past experiences.
Sample Answer: Electrons are fired at a specimen and cause the specimen to emit light. The light is then transmitted through a series of lenses and magnifiers to produce a detailed image of the specimen.
Question Overview: Process engineers are often responsible for calculating costs associated with their projects. They should be familiar with the most common financial software packages and be able to demonstrate their ability to use them.
Sample Answer: I have used Microsoft Excel to calculate costs associated with equipment maintenance. I have also used it to calculate the cost of raw materials needed for a project.
Question Overview: A normal distribution is a bell-shaped curve that represents the probability of a given value occurring. Process engineers should be able to describe the characteristics of a normal distribution and explain how they can be used to determine the likelihood of an event occurring.
Sample Answer: A normal distribution is a bell-shaped curve that represents the probability of a given value occurring. For example, if you roll a die, there is a 1 in 6 chance that you will roll a 2.
Question Overview: This question is designed to determine how honest the candidate is with themselves. Candidates who are honest about their weaknesses can be trusted to be honest about their strengths.
Sample Answer: I am not as familiar with the latest technology as I would like to be. I am currently taking classes to improve my knowledge in this area.
Question Overview: Process engineers are responsible for ensuring that the work they are responsible for is completed on time. This question allows candidates to describe how they would handle a situation where a coworker was not meeting deadlines.
Sample Answer: I would first talk to my coworker and see if there was anything I could do to help him complete his work on time. If that didn't work, I would talk to my manager and see if there was anything he could do to help.
Question Overview: This question provides the candidate with an opportunity to discuss his or her personal feelings about the city and its culture. It is important to note that candidates should not discuss their personal feelings about the city's size, as this may be considered a negative.
Sample Answer: I love New Bern! I think it is a great place to live, and I am looking forward to getting to know the area better.
Question Overview: Process engineers are responsible for designing and maintaining all of the equipment used in a plant. This question provides insight into the applicant's experience with designing complex systems.
Sample Answer: I designed a new purification system for a plant that had been using a manual process. It was a complex project that required several steps and many people to complete.
Question Overview: Process engineers are often part of a team that works together to complete a project. This question allows candidates to elaborate on their past experience working with others.
Sample Answer: I was a member of a team that developed a new process for purifying water. I made sure that the new process was in compliance with all safety regulations and that it would not negatively impact the environment.