Riddle of the Day: Engineering Job Interview Riddle

By on January 14, 2018

Answer to Jan 13th, 2018 Riddle: A river.

Rivers and I have a love and hate situation. Since most of my work is on rivers I get to go on a few inspections. And falling into a swamp filled river is not fun!

New Riddle of the Day

Let’s kick it up a bit with riddles this week. Hopefully you’ll find these riddles helpful as they might come up in interviews. Fortunately for me, I’ve only ran into one riddle in my experiences with interviews.

This is a riddle I got while interviewing with a transportation engineering project manager from HDR Inc. Funny thing about this interview was that it was an on the spot interview. I had met this project manager earlier on in my freshman year of college, we ran into each other again during my 4th year at a talk that he gave at my school. He said that the lasting impression he had on me was, “you made a lasting impression by simply telling me why you wanted to do engineering.”

The riddle:

Next thing I know we’re sitting face to face and he’s bombarding me with interview questions, things like my weaknesses, my goals, my 5 years plan. Then he said, “this is something I always ask my interviewee, You’re standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?”

The Answer:

Of course this would be an easy answer if you know that the earth is a sphere. The trick is he gave you directions: south, west and north, so you gotta be standing somewhere on Earth where you can walk that way and still come back to the same spot. The answer would be the North Pole. I later found out after reading Elon Musk’s Biography that this is a question Musk also asks his interviewee.

This riddle goes to show that they can really ask out of nowhere questions just to watch you suffer, trip your shit, but most likely to see how you think. Are you able to take on challenges head on or will you be hesitant and say, “I don’t know.” It could be a really hard riddle or something easy like, “what’s your favorite book and why?” Just make sure you compose yourself and take it on with confidence! They love seeing that.

Now you’re thinking, did you get hired though. No I did not. I did get an offer to work in Transportation Engineering in his group but it wasn’t what I was looking for as far as technical training. So I never got hired with HDR Inc.

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Woman Engineer – Lifestyle: Graduating on Time

By on January 12, 2018

One of my new years goal/resolution this year is to graduate on time. Nowadays it’s getting harder and harder to graduate on time due to classes being impacted and not getting the right classes. On top of that engineering classes are quite hard, it is so very easy to slack off during the very last semester and fail a class. So in order for me to graduate in the Spring of 2018 I have to be really careful.

Here is my list to do and hopefully you can use it as your check list if you are in my situation! Or for future references!

  1. Pay for graduation fee, it is due February 9th and it’s $115. I will do this on February 1st when my January 26th pay check comes along. Pay for that registration/tuition fee too, don’t want to be dropped out of classes involuntarily. Do what you have to do, take out a loan, beg someone! I’ve seen people fail to graduated in time because of money.
  2. Get my EIT certification. I have been studying and will try to get it before April so I can bring that to the table when discussing my future with the company.
  3. Keep up a 3.0 average for graduation, It’s going to be challenging semester for me unfortunately, but it won’t be as tough as last semester. I want to focus more on school and my boss has already agreed to this. This semester, there will be a lot of projects to focus on so I will have to start everything early and ask the professor ahead.
  4. Continue going to office hours, getting to know the professor has been a big deal for me because I don’t do well in exams. But I ask the right questions in office hours and the professors keep that in mind when they grade exams. Engineering is a very hard field of study but professors understand that and they are very helpful. DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY THOSE WITH KNOWLEDGE!
  5. Get really good group partners. I had too many experiences with good and bad group partners and now I know who to choose. So I’ll have to grab them before everyone else does.
  6. Keep in touch with college friends. You’ve heard this before, NETWORK since the engineering/tech community is so small it will not surprise me if my college friends become my contractors, vendors or subcontractors in the future so it’s always good to keep up with the networking.
  7. Maybe go to a few career fairs, I don’t want a new job but I do want to work away for a bit. Maybe an opportunity might pop up for me to work in New Zealand or Japan. That would be awesome!
  8.  Finally, decide whether I want to continue with school for a Master degree or wait until after getting my PE license. I will talk more about why I chose to not continue with grad school in another blog.

To be honest, I don’t look forward to graduating too much. The reality is that once out of school, responsibilities will jump exponentially and the pay of course. But I will be expected to do more of at work, being paid more means more commitment, potential and talent. I do dread it sometimes, but I always remind myself of the exciting challenges I will get to cross when working full time. Fortunately, I get to work with a very talented team of engineers and I am so very excited to work on larger scale projects which will help me achieve the ultimate goal.

To find out more about me and my ULTIMATE GOAL check out my About Me page.

Is there something I forgot? Leave a comment down below.

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