Have You Heard of the S.O.A.R Method is a guest blog by Thomas Anderson, P.E.
How do you prepare for an interview? Do you read typical questions that the employer might ask? Do you practice artful responses? The S.O.A.R. Answer Method is helpful for preparing for interview questions and it keeps you focused on the discussion while you are answering.
This answer method works well on interview questions 11 and 15 on an article called Top 20 Interview Questions and How to Answer
The S.O.A.R. Method Explained:
Actions Speak Louder than Words in Your Presentation is a guest post by Shoots Veis, P.E.
Most engineers, and most people, will tell you that giving a presentation is not something they look forward to. However, given our love of efficiency, engineers should have a different outlook. One reason we give a speech to an audience is because it should be the most efficient way to share information. The presenter has information they need to disseminate to a lot of people, so why not get them all in a room and tell everyone at the same time? Doing so might even generate questions that you can answer for the group that wouldn’t come up if there wasn’t a group of people in that room.
One hurdle that many engineers experience in their careers is taking action on the challenging professional projects that will enable them to move forward and up. I’ve had a lot of conversations with engineers who talk about their desire to earn a certification or find a new, better position.
In fact, the conversations are the same one I’ve had with them before. For a couple of the engineers, we’ve walked the same ground for the past twelve months. Why is seizing the initiative in your engineering career such a challenge?
Fear is one reason. That’s a seriously charged word, right? It’s also a word that many don’t like to talk about because it is such an emotional word. But I think it’s the main reason that any of us put off going after the job we want or making contact with the people that will help us get the job we want.
And that’s unfortunate. Because someone has to have that job, it might as well be you!