8 Nov


Posted by George Hoadley

Are you looking for a job in the mining industry in Canada? The industry is competitive, so to land your dream job, you’ll need to perform well in interviews. There are many things you can do to increase your chances of success in job interviews. Here are five interview tips for job seekers in the mining industry.



An Ideal Mining Engineer Job Description

Employers ideally look for candidate having some experience in the field of mining. Mining engineers are required to assess the feasibility of mine locations. They carry out planning, manage the workforce and optimize the extraction of surface and underground deposits.

An ideal mining engineer should be good in handling budgets, preparing progress reports, evaluating performance and train new staff too. It is due to these set of responsibilities that makes mining engineer one of the best paid jobs in engineering in Canada.

Our recruiters have researched the commonly asked interview questions while hiring mining engineers. Here is a checklist for you to follow and increase your chances of getting the job:


1. Prepare for Common Interview Questions

Job seekers should be prepared for for the common interview questions. This doesn’t mean that you should write a canned speech in response to each question. You just need to think about your answers ahead of time so you won’t be caught off guard and unable to think of an answer. Here are some very common questions that you should be prepared to answer:

  • Can you tell me about yourself?

  • Why do you want this job?

  • What are your greatest strengths?

  • What’s your biggest weakness?

If you can’t think of answers to common questions, your interviewer may think that you’re not prepared or that you can’t plan ahead. To make a good impression, have some idea of what you plan to say in response these questions.


2. Be Ready to Talk About Your Previous Mining Jobs

During your interview, your interviewer will expect you to talk about your past experiences at work. Be ready to talk about each of your previous jobs, and if you haven’t been in the mining industry for long, be ready to talk about your experience at school. 

They may ask you to get an idea of how you’ve performed in past jobs. For example, they may ask you to describe a time when you faced a conflict with a coworker, or a time when you made a mistake at work. Before your job interview, brainstorm some anecdotes that you could share with your interviewer.


3. Research the Company

Would you hire someone who had no idea what your company did? Of course not. That’s why it’s important to research the company before your interview. Read the job description very diligently. Learn all about the company and what they might be expecting from a mining engineer. You should know where the mine operates and what resources it mines. You should also try to learn how the mine differs from its competitors. 

These days, information about mines is easy to find. Look at the company’s website to learn more about their operations. The site’s about page is a great place to start. If the company is active on social media, check out their pages and read their recent updates. These updates are a great way to learn more about the company’s activities and culture.


4. Prepare Questions for the Interviewer

A job interview is a two-way street. The interviewer is trying to find out if you’re a good fit for the job, but you should also be trying to find out if the job is a good fit for you. At the end of the interview, you’ll get the opportunity to ask your own questions, so make sure to have some prepared. 

The first interview isn’t the time to ask about money, so save your salary negotiations for when you get an offer. Instead, ask questions that help you determine if you’d like working in the position. For example, ask about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role, the company culture, the work environment, or the biggest challenges facing the company.


5. Dress to Impress

To make a good first impression, job seekers should dress to impress. Almost 30% of hiring decisions are made within the first 30 seconds. Ensure that you own these 30 seconds - and in fact, every bit of your interview. Learn how to own the conversation during an interview through this infographic.

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Topics: Mining, Job Search

George Hoadley

George brings 11 years of experience in management to his role as the Branch Manager of Design Group Staffing in Vancouver. With a LinkedIn Recruiter Certification, his areas of expertise are construction management, engineering, project management, estimating, and operations. He has experience in both contact placement and direct recruitment for top Canadian and international firms. George’s unique and diverse background allows him to assist and provide superior service to companies and prospects alike. Monday to Friday, George is a boardroom warrior who leaves no stone unturned in hunting down the top talent in the Western Canadian construction and engineering markets. On the weekend, though, he trades his oxfords in for trail shoes and travels throughout Canada and the U.S. competing in the Spartan Race OCR series.

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