There are some questions in the interview process that can be somewhat painful. For most candidates, having to rattle off your top three weaknesses can be annoying – at best. Are you a cleared engineer who loathes panel interviews? Got one coming up that you are super nervous for? Wondering what questions, you’ll be asked?

LaKiesha Tomlin Gives Advice for the Cleared Engineer Interview

LaKeisha Tomlin has worked for large, enterprise level defense contractors like Northrop Grumman and Boeing and has also landed gigs within the commercial big tech space with giants like Apple. How did she land these dream jobs? Nailing the interview.

How does a cleared engineering interview differ from other interviews? Sometimes an engineering interview may require you to take assessments, solve engineering problems, give a presentation or show your personality. Most of them are also behavior and/or situation-based interviews. LaKiesha has all the tips and tricks and shares them in this episode of ClearedCast.

LaKiesha Tomlin helps engineers, technical project managers, and other types of engineering leaders make the most of their career – whether that’s landing their dream job by nailing the interview stage, or finding more work-life balance for their busy schedules. She notes that that is not where she started, though.

Acing the Interview

Through trial and error, she has made a successful career with some notable companies and has written about learning from her mistakes as a contributor with Forbes. Today, she shares these insights like 51 TOP TECHNICAL CAREER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS so you don’t have to feel like you are thrown to the wolves for the cleared engineering interview.

Tomlin has a few info-guides that will help you go from  being frustrated with interview questions, drawing blanks, applying to the resume black hole and receiving zero responses from recruiters to landing multiple offers,, answering those curveball questions with confidence, and getting more responses from hiring managers when you reach out with a cold message.

Here are just a few of the interview questions you should know how to answer with flying colors:

  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • What is your greatest achievement to date?
  • What’s your biggest failure to date?
  • How do you recover from setbacks?
  • What does being a good leader mean to you?
  • How do you define initiative?
  • Why should *company* select you?
  • What are your key strengths (with examples)?
  • What is your biggest weakness (with examples)?
  • Why do you do *hobby*? (ie: photography, etc.)

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Katie Keller is a marketing fanatic that enjoys anything digital, communications, promotions & events. She has 8+ years in the DoD supporting multiple contractors with recruitment strategy, staffing augmentation, marketing, & communications. Favorite type of beer: IPA. Fave hike: the Grouse Grind, Vancouver, BC. Fave social platform: ClearanceJobs! 🇺🇸