/ Asked by Vishnuprasad
I have an interview for a Mechanical Engineering Internship position on the 21st. I was told that it will be a phone call interview and that three engineers would be present for the same. They informed me that the duration of the interview would be an hour. I would like to know if such interviews are more technical or oriented to getting to know the candidate. Any tips on tackling the interview ?
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
My best guess would be that the interview will be a little bit of both. The interview will most likely start out by getting to know you and learning about your educational background and work history. Come to the interview prepared to discuss the mechanical engineering courses you have taken in school and your takeaways from the courses. Also, be prepared to discuss your work experience (even if you haven’t had engineering experience outside of school). The interviewers will most likely ask you technical questions as well so be prepared for that. Since it is a phone interview write down notes for yourself so you don’t forget anything that you want to highlight. Last but not least, come to the interview with questions. You should have questions prepared about both the company and the position. This shows you have an interest in the internship!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 22, 2015
Most likely, this interview will be behavioral based, meaning you will be asked questions about your past experiences in certain areas, with the idea that your past behavior will predict your future behavior.  Most of these questions will be around the topics of teamwork, dealing with uncertainty, etc.  It is possible that a few technical questions will be asked, but these will be a secondary part of the interview.  A good way to prepare is to search the internet for behavioral based interviews and you will find several sites that will provide sample questions.  And of course, do your homework on the company.  Look extensively through their web site to see what is happening with the company, as well as other sources such as glassdoor.com.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Thursday, May 28, 2015
I agree with the other respondents that the interview will most likely be a mix of technical and behavioral interview questions.  In the future, you can always ask the recruiter for a bit more information regarding what to expect in the interview in order to best prepare yourself.  I typically tell a candidate what type of interview to expect (behavioral vs. technical), because the two are very different.

Find a list of behavioral interview questions online and get a friend to practice with you.  I also agree that you should have some notes in front of you outlining key accomplishments or projects you've worked on.  This will help jog your memory as you are answering questions and is one of the great advantages of phone interviews.  Best of luck!  
Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Depending on the company, a phone interview, or phone screen. is scheduled to get to know the candidate and their job background. Since there will be other engineers on the call as well, there may be a few technical questions, so go into the interview with an open mind that they want to get to know you and will probably ask situational questions. Hope this helps and good luck! 
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