My 1st First Mechanical Interview was a disaster!

first mechanical interview

Are you guys still not preparing for your interviews? This is precisely what I did for my first mechanical interview after completing my engineering. Unfortunately, the result was a disaster.


Plan for my First Mechanical Interview

I planned a day trip rather than preparing for my interview. Honestly, without a mentor, and no access to the internet, I didn’t have a clue about the company or the company’s expectations for which I was called for the interview.

I received my first mechanical interview call letter after completing my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering! I was super excited to go to Bangalore to attend the interview. I flew on the Kinetic Luna to all my close friends’ houses to check if they had received the interview call letter. Yes! We did plan for a day trip to Bengaluru. I successfully convinced my mother to give me an extra 50 rupees but failed to notice the hope in her eyes. I didn’t have any clue about the company or its expectations of the company. The company is a world leader in manufacturing bearings with its manufacturing facility in Bengaluru.


Importance of Academics in the First Mechanical Interview

On the interview day, I traveled with my friends to Bengaluru. Reaching the venue, I sat in front of the interview panel, unsure of what they might ask. There were two executives from the company who were in the interview panel. After the initial greetings and introduction, we started the technical round. It didn’t take more than a couple of minutes for the interview panel to understand I was average in academics.


Importance of Practical Knowledge in the First Mechanical Interview

Then came a practical question on manufacturing. One of the executives pointed toward a stainless-steel cup lying on the table and asked, do you know how this cup is manufactured? Looking at my expressionless face, he pointed toward a stainless-steel plate and asked, do you know how this plate is manufactured? I had no clue how they were manufactured. I told him to take a stainless steel sheet and then hit the sheet with a hammer to give the shape.

The executive lost his cool. He spoke continuously for the next few minutes in an angry voice. He concluded by telling me I was good for nothing. I don’t have to write about the outcome of the interview explicitly. My first mechanical interview result was a failure.


Acquire practical skills and knowledge. It’s essential for First Mechanical Interview.

This became the first and last interview I attended after completing my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. I decided to pursue further education, which would help me acquire practical skills and knowledge.


Isn’t it important to prepare for the interview?

Isn’t it important to prepare for the interview? Isn’t it essential to clearly understand the job role and expectations to succeed in the interview? Don’t you think some support from a coach or a mentor could increase your chances of succeeding in the interview? Do leave your comments.


Conclusion / Moral of the Story

Preparation is very important, especially for your first mechanical interview. Please follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Study the Job Description and the Company Profile
  2. Prepare a list of expected interview questions – both general and technical.
  3. Practice your answers.
  4. On the interview day, reach on time, and answer all the questions with a smile, enthusiasm, and confidence.

How to Prepare for your First Mechanical Interview?

Step-1) Research the company:

Familiarize yourself with the company’s history, products, services, and mission. This information can be found on the company’s website and other online resources.

Step-2) Review the job description:

Carefully read the job description and ensure you understand the duties and responsibilities of the position you are applying for.

Step-3) Brush up on mechanical engineering basics:

Review the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mechanics of materials, and other core topics.

Step-4) Practice answering common interview questions:

Prepare answers to common interview questions such as “Tell me about yourself”, “Why do you want to work for this company?” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”

Step-5) Prepare your portfolio:

If you have completed any projects or have a portfolio of your work, bring it to the interview to showcase your skills and experience.

Step-6) Dress professionally:

Make sure to dress appropriately for the interview, as this is often the first impression you will make on the interviewer.

Step-7) Be on time:

Arrive at the interview location 10-15 minutes early to give yourself time to settle in and compose yourself before the interview begins.

Following these steps and preparing well can increase your chances of performing well in your mechanical engineering job interview. Good luck!


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PRASANNAKUMAR SHANKAR

Prasannakumar Shankar is a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of work experience. In addition, to BE in mechanical engineering, he has an MTech, EMBA, and MS degree (from the State University of New York at Buffalo). He has worked for global multinational companies automotive and aerospace sectors in India and abroad. Prasannakumar Shankar is passionately working towards the success of mechanical engineers by providing them with skill-based online training. Single-handedly, He has created an online school for mechanical engineers - elearn.royal-mechanical.com & https://royal-mechanical.com/

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