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Top 25 Auto Mechanic Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
What are your strengths as a mechanic?
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List of Auto Mechanic Interview Questions
  1. What are your strengths as a mechanic?
  2. Why do you want to work for our garage?
  3. How many times have you torn apart an engine to fix it or just to see the parts inside?
  4. How well do you pay attention to details?
  5. Which metal is used for crankshaft main bearing journal?
  6. How much experience do you have working with cars?
  7. Sometimes we will be backed up and need someone to stay later, how often do you believe you would be okay staying past 5?
  8. Lets say you put a muffler on wrong, you could let it go but you know in a day, or a week, it will start making loud noises, what do you do?
  9. What kinds of challenges did you face on your last job? Give an example of how you handled them.
  10. If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?
  11. Have you ever worked with little or no supervision?
  12. What was the toughest situation you've had fixing a car?
  13. How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
  14. What was the toughest job you've done in the past?
  15. What is your favorite car?
  16. When you make a mistake, how do you go about fixing it?
  17. If you were interviewing for this position, what would you be looking for in the applicants?
  18. Have you ever changed a tie rod?
  19. Do you have any experience refurbishing old cars?
  20. What is your specialty?
  21. Tell me about your work experience.
  22. How would your previous employer describe your past work?
  23. What do you know about computer systems in cars?
  24. Do you adapt well to your team?
  25. What experiences do you have in changing a transmission?
Auto Mechanic Information
August 17th, 2017

An auto mechanic (or car mechanic in British English and motor mechanic in Australian English) is a mechanic who specializes in automobile maintenance, repair, and sometimes modification. An auto mechanic may be knowledgeable in working on all parts of a variety of car makes or may specialize either in a specific area or in a specific make of car. In repairing cars, their main role is to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly. They often have to quote prices for their customers before commencing work or after partial disassembly for inspection. The mechanic uses both electronic means of gathering data as well as their senses. Their job may involve the repair of a specific part or the replacement of one or more parts as assemblies.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_mechanic
Auto Mechanic User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 25
What are your strengths as a mechanic?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Electrical knowledge and diagnostics.
2.
I have a knowledge in being a mechanics.
3.
Years of experience, ability to deal with various makes and models, ability to deal with items such as plant and auxilary equipment.
4.
I have very good problem solving skills which would be a good thing to have in this industry as I'm quick to diagnose a fault and fix it.
5.
Yeah good question, Iwell know about all cars models and I know which way all cars parts working, main strongest point is I can any type of work .
Question 2 of 25
Why do you want to work for our garage?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
After reading the job posting I was intrigued that your shop offers training. While I am confident in my work I would also enjoy being trained on some of the areas I don't have a lot of experience.
2.
It will give me more exposure.
3.
To make my knowledge bigger.
4.
Your location happens to be near my home and I like your policy here, and I think we can get along very well.
5.
To get different experience.
Question 3 of 25
How many times have you torn apart an engine to fix it or just to see the parts inside?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
More then ten times.
2.
So many times I wouldnt know but there have been lots.
3.
I remember I torn a part an engine 15 to 20 time and see number of times.
4.
I've never torn apart an engine before, but I watch a lot of video where they explain parts of the engine and how they would fix it.
5.
Countless times. I am an expert with engine rebuilding.
Question 4 of 25
How well do you pay attention to details?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
In this industry you can't afford not to pay 100 per cent focus on detail.
2.
Very closely. The customer will always notice the smallest change in their vehicle. I have to keep the vehicle in the best condition for them.
3.
I would do my best to make sure everything is done correctly and have a supervisor doulble check if their's anything that needs to be done.
4.
Details are everything. I pride myself in my work.
5.
Very well. The details is what's important when working with vehicles.
Question 5 of 25
Which metal is used for crankshaft main bearing journal?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I honestly don't know own and domt want to guess wrong.
2.
Cast iron or an aluminum alloy.
3.
Steel with aluminum overlay.
4.
Iron- Cast, Steel and Aluminium.
5.
Steel by forging or casting.
Question 6 of 25
How much experience do you have working with cars?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I grew up around then and it has been a hobby of mine ever since.
2.
I have 10 years experience.
3.
None, I 've done self study and research in my spare time.
4.
This is an entry level position so none.
5.
I have 10 years experience.
Question 7 of 25
Sometimes we will be backed up and need someone to stay later, how often do you believe you would be okay staying past 5?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
As long as It mess with my drinking.
2.
When I don't have anything planned.
3.
When ever I am asked if its for the good of the company then it is an acceptable thing.
4.
Any and every time. I like money.
5.
For sure I love my job that no is a problem.
Question 8 of 25
Lets say you put a muffler on wrong, you could let it go but you know in a day, or a week, it will start making loud noises, what do you do?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
First I wouldn't but if I did I would correct it ASAP
2.
Get Jim, because Jim'll fix it.
3.
Slove the problem there and then.
4.
Correctly install the muffler.
5.
Fix the problem the right way.
Question 9 of 25
What kinds of challenges did you face on your last job? Give an example of how you handled them.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Managing my workers, fired them.
2.
Creating a new skill to tackle a task which has no prior solution.
3.
Dealing with customers with the right aproach.
4.
Cracked engine mount. I informed the supervisor and replaced it.
5.
Prioritising was the main one. You might have the three most important vehicles breakdown at the same time so I would decide wich one is costing the mine the most and as a team we would work as safely and efficiently to get them going.
Question 10 of 25
If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Do it the way I was told if need be ask for help.
2.
I would use the easiest way for me to.
3.
I would do it, I like a good challenge every now and then.
4.
I would suggest my way, but I wont deny doing your way.
5.
I will ask for instruction.
Question 11 of 25
Have you ever worked with little or no supervision?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would prefer to work as a team.
2.
I would be able to once I learn what to do.
3.
I do not have a problem to work with little or no supervision because I can work alone and I do not need any manager to be there and tell me what to do.
4.
I could work with no supervision.
5.
Trained by learning and schooling.
Question 12 of 25
What was the toughest situation you've had fixing a car?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Changing the transmission, clutch, pressure plate, and flywheel on an e36 m3 BMW. The transmission housing has inverted torx bolts that are in a very difficult location. meanhwile the pressure plate and flywheel were warped onto the engine and it just wouldnt come off. then the new presure plate and flywheel was very difficult to be installed. but i got the job done and it was done perfectly.
2.
Changing a muffler bearing.
3.
Car with fried electrical wiring.
4.
Replacing spark plugs on a small car with a cramped engine bay.
5.
Putting an alternator in.
Question 13 of 25
How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
No.
2.
Yes I have but not often and will will give notice if im gonna be late.
3.
Yes do to a Tire malfunction blow out but I contacted employer and made it to work safely after changing tire.
4.
Yes, but not very recently.
5.
Not often, was taught growing up you can never be to early.
Question 14 of 25
What was the toughest job you've done in the past?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I do not have the toughest job .
2.
Working under ground.
3.
Replacing the spark plugs in a Car.
4.
Replacing an engine wrist pin.
5.
The toughest job for me was replacing gas valves inside a helicopter whilst on work experience as the aircraft was so compact and hard to move around.
Question 15 of 25
What is your favorite car?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Second generation ford thunderbird.
2.
This is a very tough question. I have a soft spot for rotary engines though.
3.
I've always been a fan of subarus for a lot of reasons. One of which is their rock solid engines, which I understand is in the Scion FR-S
4.
I have several favorites, but mostly anything old that I can fix up.
5.
Danny moore electric scooter.
Question 16 of 25
When you make a mistake, how do you go about fixing it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
With help of manual book.
2.
I retrace my steps to figure outbhow I made the mistake so I know not to do it that way again.
3.
Underr inspection of senior machanic.
4.
Going back and correcting all errors so its done correctly.
5.
When I make a mistake I take the time to fix it if possible.
Question 17 of 25
If you were interviewing for this position, what would you be looking for in the applicants?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Skills and positive attitude.
2.
The motivation to learn, a hard worker and a passion with this career.
3.
Good character, want to work, like to work as a team.
4.
Must have tools, be knowledgeable about cars.
5.
How enthusiastic they were towards the job and enthusiasm working in my garage and their knowlege.
Question 18 of 25
Have you ever changed a tie rod?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Do you mean tie rod? if so then yes. but if you mean tire rod, i pretty sure that is not a part.
2.
Whats a tire rod? lol No such animal.
3.
No.
4.
Do you mean a tie rod if so yes if not I have not.
5.
No, but I know how. Explain.
Question 19 of 25
Do you have any experience refurbishing old cars?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have experience of refurbishing bikes like yamaha and maintaing cars and a ducati bike.
2.
Yes. I have a Japanese classic car as a weekend project.
3.
Nope I would very much like to.
4.
Yes, a four cylinder head engine I overhaul.
5.
Yes I helped an ex-girlfriend refurbish a 67 mustang a while back.
Question 20 of 25
What is your specialty?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am well rounded in the automotive industry and love all aspects of being an automotive tech.
2.
Diagnost drivability problems.
3.
Rotary engines, tuning, and turbo systems.
4.
In service and Maintence.
5.
Starting and charging system.
Question 21 of 25
Tell me about your work experience.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have some school experience where i already learned what i already knew from my prior experience of having my own garage and doing countless repairs there. i have also had 3 cars before i have even had my drivers license that i completely dissasembled and parted out the car.
2.
40 years of working on all kinds of vehicles and equipment.
3.
Brakes, electrical, tune-ups, suspension.
4.
Repacking the velocity.
5.
Not that much.
Question 22 of 25
How would your previous employer describe your past work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would definately hope so.
2.
I believe so, although it wasn't related to this field.
3.
My most recent position was a truck assistant and I drove a truck at goeberts.
4.
No only after I jump him.
5.
Yes absolutely.
Question 23 of 25
What do you know about computer systems in cars?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
This is called engine management system . To control emissions.
2.
There like PC's but crash less.
3.
I dont know to computer box its a controling the power suply.
4.
Not everything but I do have some experienc with the ecm.
5.
It is an electronic control module.
Question 24 of 25
Do you adapt well to your team?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am very adaptable but at the same time need to make sure i get my piont across.
2.
Yes I always put in an effort to make sure I contribute to a harmonious work place.
3.
I am quite easy to work with, and be around for extended periods of time.
4.
Yes I fit in well with coworkers.
5.
Yes I do, the team is the company, we all benefit if we work well together.
Question 25 of 25
What experiences do you have in changing a transmission?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
None (any jobs I've performed were on a needed basis, I've never required changing a transmission). The most I've needed to do to a transmission is change fluid in a manual shift truck I had (was low on transmission fluid, with metal shavings - did this to fix for smoother shifting 1st to 2nd, etc)
2.
Been there done that alone on the ground.
3.
I have changed countless transmissions on a large array of vehicles.
4.
I go to my friend for that kind of stuff.
5.
Experience with manual transmission.
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