Industrial Engineer Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Industrial Engineer interview, here are 51 interview questions and answer examples.

Industrial Engineer was updated by on December 18th, 2020. Learn more here.

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How would you do a time and motion study when you have little information about how long something would take to build?

"I would take the information that we do have and do a mockup simulation that reenacts the actual build or process. If we didn't have enough information, I'd reach out for any missing information at this point. For example, maybe packaging wasn't described in enough detail on the drawing or communications. Next, I would do a time and motion study on the mockup, but the client would need to understand that another one would be conducted once there is a more realistic, real-life scenario. The client would also need to understand that once production starts on the item, more realistic studies would be used for the baseline and subsequent contract."

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51 Industrial Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. How would you do a time and motion study when you have little information about how long something would take to build?

  • 2. How important are statistics to Industrial Engineering?

  • 3. What is your experience preparing process flowcharts?

  • 4. Tell me about a time and motion study you have done. What did you learn from it?

  • 5. Can you describe projects you worked on and what you enjoyed and didn't enjoy about them?

  • 6. What is meant by the poisson process?

  • 7. What is the difference between stress and pressure?

  • 8. Do you enjoy documentation?

  • 9. Why was there a gap in your employment between these dates?

  • 10. Are You Willing to Travel or Relocate?

  • 11. What does the standard deviation tell you?

  • 12. What problems are involved with queuing theory?

  • 13. Can you explain Autofacturing?

  • 14. What relevant experience do you have for the position?

  • 15. Do you have to perform a task in order to understand how it works?

  • 16. Can you explain what is meant by Takt time, Cycle Time and Lead Time?

  • 17. Can you explain some tools you would use for inventory management?

  • 18. What can you tell me about a Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)?

  • 19. What metrics would you use to drive change?

  • 20. How do you handle being put on the spot in a meeting?

  • 21. Can you explain the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic rewards? Which one is better?

  • 22. What is the time value of money?

  • 23. Can you explain the critical path method?

  • 24. Can you tell me what the seven quality tools are for process improvement?

  • 25. What are the 5 Whys, and why are they important?

  • 26. Can you tell me about other companies you are interviewing with?

  • 27. Can you tell me what total quality control (TQC) is? Also, tell me what standards are used in this practice?

  • 28. Can you describe what you would do or have done when faced with an obstacle in an essential project?

  • 29. What do you know about our (XYZ Company)?

  • 30. Explain how you have used critical thinking previously.

  • 31. Describe a time when you made the workplace safer?

  • 32. Tell me about yourself.

  • 33. What is your biggest weakness?

  • 34. Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • 35. Why did you leave your past job?

  • 36. What are your salary expectations?

  • 37. How do you manage large amounts of data and information?

  • 38. Can you tell me the way you would optimize plant layout for the best results?

  • 39. Can you tell me the difference between a pull system and push system? If you can, which one is better.

  • 40. In this position, you may be asked to eliminate or cut down on waste and make processes more efficient. Tell me about your background here, and what you might do to achieve this?

  • 41. Can you explain the main methods for calculating costs when it comes to production environments?

  • 42. Can you tell me about your process of identifying and correcting flaws in production?

  • 43. What do you like about being an industrial engineer?

  • 44. What is Productivity?

  • 45. What was your score on your NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Exam?

  • 46. Do you have any questions for me?

  • 47. What do you do to manage your time and stay on schedule?

  • 48. What resources do you utilize to keep abreast with the newest engineering tech and developments?

  • 49. What project management tools do you use for remote teams?

  • 50. Can you explain how you've brought an out of control process back into control?

  • 51. Can you tell me who W. Edward Deming was?