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Optical Engineer was asked...September 3, 2014

Most of them didn't even ask relevant questions. The boss's boss questioned me a bit on my bio background for an optical engineering position, but that was as rough as it got.

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I am a piping supervisor.I have been almost morethan 14 years experience in oil &gas project.I can conduct for work shop fabrication and erection On-site Less

I was working in oil &gas..I have almost morethan 14 years experience in oil &gas project..I can conduct in work shop fabrication and monitoring on-site Less


What's the Fourier transform of an array of dots?

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If the dots are circular then its an array of bessel functions

I think it should be delta functions.

Lockheed Martin

Do you see want to be in management?

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I'm happy doing engineering work and know that I'd probably be equally happy in management. I wasn't quite sure, however, why they asked the question. I was tempted to respond, "Of course I want to be a manager. Easier work, more money. Count me in." But if they were looking for someone who wanted to stay technical and I said I wanted to grow into management, they might have told me "Thanks, but no thanks" because I didn't fit their bill. I opted to tell them that I was, in fact, interested in management. Less

Lockheed Martin

What's it going to take to get you to accept this job?

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Technically speaking, this is a negotiation question but, I think, is a very difficult one for most people to answer. It always is for me. When this question is posed, your answer can lead directly to 1) a change in employers, 2) a withdrawn offer or 3) you dining on a plate of crow. In 1), you're naming your price, essentially saying you'll take the job if they have no problem with the price you name. The question as posed essentially has everyone put their cards on the table and ends the negotiation process. In 2), you might just price yourself out of the job and paint yourself as greedy, difficult and/or unrealistic, resulting in a withdrawn offer. It can , however, be the "professional" way of saying no to a job you're too nervous to take, providing you don't put the price too high. Say, for instance, that you want four weeks of vacation a year and they won't budge beyond three. That's understandable and realistic. If you say you want six months, that's greedy, difficult and unrealistic. In 3), you might offer a price for yourself that the employer is unwilling to pay. Let's say you really want or need the job, but you're trying to get as much as you can, so you name your price. Let's say that the employer doesn't like your price and then says, "Sorry. That's too much. We regretfully withdraw our offer. Have a nice day." In that case, since you desperately want/need the job, you might have to eat crow and back off on your price, indicating to the employer that that wasn't your price at all, that maybe your jerking their chain, that you really want the job and that they can offer whatever they want to you. Know what you're doing and what you really want when this question comes up, because it always does when the number of offers is greater than one. Less

Daylight Solutions

They kept questioning how my most recent employer fit with their type of company.

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I pointed out that I had been with startups and small companies before, and that the organization I was with most recently was not at all what their perception was. Less


Work background Vision for joining the company Potential solutions of some optics problems

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Full background with choices on every change of career. Expectation of how my skills can contribute in growing the company. Provided some optical layouts that could meet immediate design needs. Less

Microlink Devices

How can your research be applied to improved our work here with solar cells?

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Be ready to relate your research experience to work that is done at the company.


Name the five Seidel aberrations

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I listed the five aberrations, and that led to a discussion about how optical designs can correct for different aberrations - so it wasn't enough just to list them, they wanted to see that I understood what they actually were! Less

Can you design and build a beam-expander right now?

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Sure, that's easy, I made it several times. (in the end I did not build it, just talked about how will I do that) Less


The manager took me to one of their rooms and asked what the other engineer was doing.

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I replied that he was aligning the optics

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