I began to answer based on my engineering and part time experience dealing with clients, students I have taught and the public. I was interrupted and one of the participating interviewers repeated the question. Even when another interviewer took a call during the interview, I noticed another continued to stare at me during the entire process or checked text messages.
I was shocked since I have wanted to apply the structural engineering (bridge) academics I had learned in school and never have been given an opportunity on a professional level to have hands on experience to do bridge inspection. They knew I had professional engineering experience and almost a completed master's degree.