Environmental Engineers design and implement technology to solve environmental problems. Their responsibilities include improving conservation management, assessing land to determine impact of commercial activity and consulting with policymakers on environmental best practices, among other duties.
When you're interviewing Environmental Engineers, candidates should demonstrate an affinity for environmental conservation and have excellent interpersonal skills. Bad candidates will have little outdoor/field experience and struggle to communicate effectively.
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Environmental Engineer Interview Questions:
1. Describe how you implemented a creative design solution to solve an environmental problem. What did you do?
Candidates should describe how they identified a design challenge, found a creative way of overcoming it and had a positive environmental outcome.
2. Which do you prefer, working in an office, or working outdoors?
Environmental Engineers will need to be just as comfortable working outdoors as they are working indoors. Candidates should express an eagerness to experience both aspects of the job.
3. How do you stay abreast of developments in the environmental field?
Candidates should cite reading academic journals, blogs and other media, as well as attending environmental conferences as part of their efforts to stay informed.
4. Describe a time when you made a mistake in your duties. How did you rectify the situation?
Candidates should acknowledge the importance of diligence in their role and the potential consequences of design error. Look for stories where candidates erred, rectified their error and learned a valuable lesson from it.
5. Which environmental issues will require the most attention in the next ten years?
This question tests a candidate's depth of expertise or interest in environmental management. Look for candidates that list climate change and food security as critical issues in the near future.