How to Beat Your Fellow Engineers to the Best Jobs

How to Beat Your Fellow Engineers to the Best Jobs

December 21, 2016 Interviewing

I’ve noticed 10 underlying assumptions (through my work with candidates looking at VC-backed startups, Medtronic, Bloomberg i.e. technology-driven companies) that interviewers make about engineering job candidates.

When you’ve spent a majority of your career in an engineering role, the good assumptions are:

• You are analytical.

• You enjoy making things.

• You are realistic.

• You are an effective problem-solver.

• You evaluate alternatives methodologically.

Alternatively, the not-so-good assumptions are:

• You are not a strong verbal communicator.

• You struggle operating in gray areas.

• You only think the technical interview questions matter (side note, prep for at least these 27 behavioral interview questions).

• You lack interests beyond technology.

• You rather be an independent contributor rather than work as part of a team.

Please hit that ‘forward e-mail’ icon and share this with your engineer friends.


Ask them if they ever lost a job offer because they missed the opportunity to proactively address any of these assumptions.


In the meantime,  schedule time with me to transform your interview approach.


CEO / Founder of Career Outcomes Matter

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About the author

Melissa Llarena: is the CEO and career coach behind Career Outcomes Matter. Her craft is coaching top executives on how to dissect and deliver the perfect job interview. Her client base includes US-based as well as international business leaders with 15-plus years of experience who are undeniably really good at what they do yet simply want a strategic partner who can quickly fully understand their tangible and intangible contributions to effectively scale up their interviewing skills for the toughest interviews. Click to gain instant access to her 20-page interview preparation kit to gain an edge then schedule a phone call to see how she’d leverage her most powerful insights based on your unique situation -- all in time for your next interview.