Tips Welding interview questions and answers
Dress appropriately. Plan your outfit at least the night before and make sure it is clean/pressed.
Turn OFF your cell phone (a lot of people forget this one).
Bring copies of your resume and references for the interviewer as well as a pad of paper and a pen. Be polite and friendly to EVERYONE that you meet because the hiring manager may ask for their opinion.
Look the interviewer in the eyes. Speak clearly. Smile. Try to use “confident” body language.
Stay calm and try to remember that an interview is a 2 way discussion. You’re trying to find out of an employer is going to be good for you, just like they are trying to find out if you will be good for them.
Prepare some answers for the typical questions like “tell me about yourself” “what are your greatest strengths/weaknesses” “where do you see yourself in x years” (you can search for interview questions and answers and see what more of the typical questions are as well as the best ways to answer them)
Try to include specific examples of your relevant skills, experience, and abilities in your answers. Remember you’re selling yourself so you want to point out things that are relevant to the company.
Stay positive. Try to frame everything in a positive way, even if it is/was horrible. Never speak badly of other people or past positions/companies. There is always something polite to say.
If you find yourself flustered, its ok to ask for a moment to think about the question… it is, afterall, a discussion and discussions have pauses and silence in them.
DO YOUR RESEARCH! Look into the company, their vision, the duties of the job, and the typical pay for a similar position in your area.
Ask questions at the end. You should prepare 5-10 questions (I prepare 8 in case some get answered) based on the research you have done.
- The rod: same material that you’re welding? Is it dry & not flaking off?
- Welder setting: Hot enough amperage?
- Material that you’re welding: Compatible with the rod you’re using? (steel on steel?).
- Your methods: Welding speed OK? Steady & staying in one place long enough for good adhesion? Welding too close?
Does an arc welder have to warm up?
- Not really, but after it’s ran for awhile you may need to re-adjust the settings. But most of the reason for that is because the metals you’re welding have “warmed up” & may not need as high a setting as at first. Plus, your rod will be hotter & should start easier.
- Sometimes you may have to tack weld where you cannot see.
- I’ve watched the guys on “Trucks” on TV tack like that sometimes.
- Many times though, you may not get a good tack that way.
- Yes, I’ve done it that way myself (either closed eyes or can’t see what I’m tacking).
- Some experience with how it FEELS while welding, helps you to get a usable tack.
- I don’t recommend it on a regular basis, but sometimes you have no choice.
Why does the welding rod stick to the metal sometimes?
- You may have the amperage a bit too low.
- You may have let the rod get too close to the parent metal (arc length too short).
- It’s as simple as “if the 2 metals (the rod & the workpiece) are in contact & it’s hot enough to have molten metal between them, they WILL STICK!
- What’s the thickest shielding metal” you’ve used for arc welding?
- Do you enjoy building things and working with your hands?
- Do you take pride in your work and have the ability to meet high standards?
- The following elements is most likely to form a compound with hydrogen?
- What was your greatest accomplishment as a workers welding?
- What was your biggest disappointment as a workers welding?
- What made you choose a career as a workers welding?
- Why do you want a career as a workers welding?
- What are functions of Welding? What are tasks that to implement each function?
- How to do each Welding task/function?
- What are output of each Welding task/function?
- How to measure each task/function?
- How to control each task/function of welding? Etc
- What do you know about the position of Welding?
- What are key tasks for Welding?
- What made you choose to apply to Welding?
- How to measure/appraise your position: Welding?
- What challenge have you ever faced and how did you overcome it?
- What do you know about this company?
- What has been the largest event you have had to plan as an Event Planner?
- Did you ever take action when you saw an unsafe act?
- Describe two or three major trends in your did you choose this profession/field?
- What tertiary qualifications have you attained that related to Welding?
- What is the most recent skill you have learned that related to Welding?
- What have you learned from your past jobs?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What are top 3 knowledge/top 3 skills for Welding?
- What are KRAs/output of position: Welding?
- What is the proper procedure for cleaning base metals?
- How do I solve high-frequency-interference problems?
- What are the cause and solution for arc rectification?
- How do I prevent tungsten contamination and discoloration?
- What are the causes of an unstable arc, and how can I remedy them?
- What causes porosity in a TIG weld bead, and how can I prevent it?
- Should I use an air-cooled or water-cooled torch?
- what’s the thickest shielding metal” you’ve used for arc welding?
Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.