The Interview

Naturally the actual interview will vary depending on the type of job you are applying for in the robotics field.

A sales rep will still need to know a lot of robotics terms and how things work so they can communicate with the company internal staff and prospective and existing customers that they will come across.

Technicians or repair people and will of course have to know the ins and out of their particular robots and also what else is out there.

Software developers will need to know a handful of languages and how they work with robots and be prepared to give oral explanations for how they would solve a problem or create hands on code and show that they know how to access libraries and other sourcecode.

Hardware designers or engineers will of course be questioned about their knowledge but most companies want to see a mind that is thinking not just outside the box but inside, around the corner and down the street and 10 years in the future.

People skills and attitude which include how you work with in person and online teams is always important.

Of course the more skilled jobs or jobs in upper management will probably involved multiple interviews and probably lunch or dinner interviews where your personality and fit with the company may be analyzed.

You could be asked about your hobbies and places you have travelled to and the books you have read and specifically how you have worked with robots since you were a kid.

Of course your social media activity will be looked at and you may be questioned.

It would be great to show that you have a work and a home life and that you have or are taking courses on a variety of subjects.

If the company operates mostly in English then you should be taking English classes before attending the interview if English is not your strong language.

Make sure you know what hobbies and activities that the owner has so you could possibly talk about that if you bump into him or her in the elevator as you are going upstairs to be interviewed by human resources.

Don’t lie about being an avid sky diver if you are afraid of elevators but do express a sincere desire to know more about it and possibly know some of the language.

A great book to improve your personality if people have mentioned that you seem to be cold and unfriendly is “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie.

Pretty well any motivational book can’t do you any harm. Its important to let others talk, make eye contact but not in a creepy way, and laugh and be nice to the waiter in a restaurant. Thank the interviewer and make sure to send a followup email or letter or some type of gift if that is proper ettiquette in that country.

If you are going for a very important interview then you should be practicing with friends or professionals so that you don’t lose your opportunity to impress the interviewer.

Always remember to not burn any bridges or be mad if you do not get the job that you applied for.

Successful companies can recognize talent and may need you in the future or could recommend you to a competitor (possibly).

But every failed interview should be a learning step and a reason to try harder the next time.