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Senior Project Engineer, Ref: 1032927 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 1032927

Nationality: South African
Annual Package Range: South African Rand - ZAR 951 000 - 1.1 mil, per annum
Total years experience: 11-15 Years

Senior Project Enginner

Current / most recent job title?

Senior Project Engineer

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

The purpose of my recent position is to ensure that I deliver the projects allocated to me successfully in time, with quality and within budget.

2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

1. I must be equipped with the necessary resources, e.g. computer with necessary software.
2. I must know the technical aspects of the processes and equipment
3. I must have a good team that I can liaise with in order to achieve the common goal

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

I am a self-motivated, hardworking individual and easy to work with. I have a strong work ethic, integrity and have the capability of learning and catching on to new systems and ideas very quickly. I am responsible and well organized. I also take pride in following through with my tasks and deadlines to see them finished. I think my cheerful demeanour, personality, and my strong work ethic combined makes me an excellent team player, as well as a valuable asset to the company.

4. Ideal business title: 

Project Manager
Engineering Manager

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Accountable for delivering successful projects and keeping the client happy
Accountable for cost control
Responsible for managing a great team and helping the team to achieve a common goal

6. Skill area of competence:

I have the necessary skill to delivery projects successfully within budget and on time. I have the skill to adapt to any changing situation that my line of work requires me to, and most importantly I am a hard working person, with a positive attitude.

7. Career summary:

12 years – Ferro Chrome and Silicone Metal Furnaces, 3 years –  Platinum Furnaces, 12 years – Heating, cooling of processes and equipment

8. Achievements:

My greatest achievements, include saving costs on equipment purchasing and also on site instructions during equipment installation. These i have achieved through thorough design checks and proper negotiations with suppliers, which has on numerous times has saved time and money, especially on the Furnace Expansion Project (2015-2018)

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

I enjoy working with a team of creative people, which is something I always look forward to when I wake up in the morning. I thrive on service excellence – visiting client site and providing technical solutions.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

I want to work for a company that has a high level of professionalism, and one that does not discriminate, but empower its employees. A company that promotes a culture of togetherness, love and care.



Where would you like to be in your career in the next 5 to 10 years, what would you like to have achieved?

When that time comes, I would like to see myself being a Project Manager or an Engineering Manager, and it is a goal I am working hard to achieve, even though I am enjoying what I am doing now.

Write down two achievements from primary school, two from high school, two during college/university, and two post-college/university, with at least one of the two business-related.

Primary school: Best dancer in isiZulu dance competition. Best achiever in class during standard 4
High School: Most outstanding learner in Grade 12 mid-June term
During University: Passed Maths 3 and strength of Materials 3 with distinctions. Elected as the Chairperson of IPHC student structure (church organization)
Business related: Achieved 10 years Service Award. Received an award for “Name Project Innovation” we each was given a task to come up with a name for the company’s innovation projects

What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume?

Outside of my job, I am a bass player, playing for a formidable band. I suppose this is the most interesting thing about me.

Tell me about a time when you had to get to the root cause of a problem to make a decision.

During commission of the Multiple preheater system in Kazakhstan, one of the control damper was stuck frequently when given an open command from the SCADA and eventually would not open. Upon inspection and taking the damper out in order to determine the problem, I then found that it was catching on the flanges due to poor welding. I instructed that the boilermaker grind flush the flange in order to allow free movement of the damper blade, and the problem was resolved

What are the three things that are most important to you in a job?

Going to sites and solve technical problems for the client and keeping the client happy. Working with a team of creative individuals, where we share ideas. My work creates growth and it brings the best out of me.

What are your strengths?

One of my greatest strengths I’ve acquired during my education is good analytical and planning skills. Full commitment to my work. Highly energetic. Having good interpersonal skill

What are your weaknesses (e.g. most important blind spots / developmental needs identified)?

I use to have trouble with procrastinating, now I have learned to write down a list of things that I need to do, and keep a calendar to keep track of deadlines. I have found that this not only helps me to finish things on time, but it also helps me to be more organized. I  have to work on having more patience and giving myself a break, because I always want everything done at once. I’m too focused on work and need to develop some after-hours hobbies. Fortunately I have found a hobby by playing a bass guitar with a formidable band


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