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Do you want to hire a structural engineer?
Looking for actionable advice on how to hire the best engineer?
Asking some well-planned, common structural engineering interview questions can help you hire the perfect structural engineer, especially if you want to complete your project successfully.
In this article, you'll discover some proven ways to ensure the candidates you're evaluating have the proper education and expertise to get the job done. We also have an article dedicated to common personality traits of a good engineer to help you evaluate candidates' soft skills when hiring.
When you're looking to hire a reliable engineer, you want to ask a mix of structural engineering basic questions -- both behavioral interview questions and technical interview questions -- so you select a candidate who can meet the requirements of your project.
Here are a few structural engineering interview questions and answers to get you started.
You've probably noticed most of the technical interview questions and answers for structural engineers fall into three categories:
The reason is, these are only basic structural engineering interview questions designed to weed out unqualified applicants because you're not looking for a perfect answer to a hypothetical question. You want to use the interview session to filter out poor fits for your project.
So, what exactly should you look for in a successful candidate's answers?
Ideally, you're looking for that perfect mix of engineering ability, interpersonal skills, and construction knowledge that will help your engineering keep your project safe, on schedule, and on budget.
Here are some more tips on exactly what you should look for in a candidate's answers.
Keep in mind, you aren't necessarily looking for neat and precise answers – you're looking to evaluate the information revealed through the answers. Engineering projects offer a variety of challenges so you want to see how candidates approach the various aspects of an engineering project.
If you have questions about how much it costs to hire a structural engineer, we have detailed salary and compensation information in our 2020 IT & Engineering Salary Guide.
Hopefully, these sample structural engineering interview questions help you hire a reliable and high performing structural engineer for your next project. If you need help staffing your next engineering project, get in touch with a Modis team member.