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Entry Level Mechanical Engineer Interview

Entry Level Mechanical Engineer
Huntsville, MD

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at URS in July 2012.

Interview Details – Applied to the Huntsville, MD branch and one month later I was contacted by an HR lady who set up a phone interview with a senior mechanical engineer at the company. The mechanical engineer called me, explained company operations, and asked me in a few ways if I was capable of and interested in the job. At no point was I asked behavioral questions. Afterwards, they scheduled a . They spent most of their time pitching the company and the job to me. I believe that the key to getting hired as an entry level employee at URS is to 1) have above a 3.0 gpa in engineering, 2) some experience in HVAC and pipes, and 3) be willing to take less money than you would be offered at most other engineering companies (they offered me 50k or possibly even a little less per year to start). I told them that I wanted more than anything to work for their company, but that I had another offer for considerably more money and that the only way I could consider an offer from them is if they could make an offer midway in between their offer and the other one that I received (would have been about 9k more). They absolutely refused to pay anymore than 50k and said that was the most amount of money that they would have offered because "it wouldn't be fair to the last engineer," who they said they hired for 50k. I never heard back from them after the in person interview. MORAL OF THE STORY, if you are a recent ME/CE grad and really want a job at URS (actually, I really didn't), DO NOT ask for more money.

Interview Question – Their interview style was very unexpected in general (because they did not ask any typical interview questions). They never made me prove myself as a good interviewee. The senior level engineer was very informal on the phone about his questions and did not give me many of opportunities to share my knowledge (which could be good for some people). In fact, most of the questions required yes or no answers (e.g. question: "Do you understand fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics"... my answer: "yes"). Yes or no answers with limited explanations of what I actually knew were good enough to get an in-person interview. At the in person interview they did not ask me anything except how much money I wanted; again, they spent their time pitching the company to me, not asking questions.   Answer Question

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