Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer Interview Preparation Guide
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CAD Designer Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience in Computer Aided Design (CAD) Designer. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts

88 CAD Designer Questions and Answers:

2 :: What version (of the CAD software) are you on?

What are your update plans? Versioning in CAD is very important. Stay current and be familiar with the latest versions of your CAD software. If the company doesn't update often then you may fall behind in your skill sets. Ask why they haven't updated recently. If they are up to date, ask when they updated and how often.

3 :: Will there be training of CAD?

You don't want your skill set to stagnate. You want to get better so that you will be worth more. A good employer also knows that they want employees that know what they are doing. Who wants to hire unskilled people? If they don't offer training see if you can get them to add that as a benefit.

4 :: What is the next step in the process?

Save this for last. This is the essential last question and one you should definitely ask. It shows that you're interested in moving along in the process and invites the interviewer to tell you how many people are in the running for the position.

5 :: What CAD software will I be using?

This may be an obvious question but it is vital to know what tool you will be using. If you can't use that tool you may have a very difficult time in this new job. Also ask what programs are used in the office. If you can use multiple CAD programs that the company uses then you are a very valuable candidate for a position.

6 :: What software are you familiar with?

Ask this one to get a sense of their experience and whether or not they may be a user of the software needed.

7 :: Is there company training for CAD?

Does the company train its CAD users? If not ask why? Have they ever trained? Why did they stop? If they don't train and won't train you need to wonder why a company will hire and retain untrained workers. Why don't they want efficiency to improve? Why don't they value quality skills?

8 :: What are the benefits of CAD?

This may seem obvious but don't forget to ask. Get specific with the details. How much will insurance cost? When will it be available? How is vacation time determined? Is any of this negotiable? Yes negotiate with them. You don't have to accept their offer at face value. Wheel and deal! They might not budge but they definitely won't if you don't ask.

9 :: Do you have any projects you can show us?

Ask this one to see what kinds of things like like doing, or have done. Often showing actual models won't be possible because of IP concerns, but many CAD users will keep a few pictures and other information they can talk about in some attempt to help you understand what they are capable of.

10 :: What have past employees done to succeed in this position?

If you are interviewing for a position that the company is creating, meaning it has never had a person perform these duties before, you may want to rephrase the question. This will give you an idea of what the company expects of you and what has worked for them. It can also create a dialog of how the company solves their issues and allow you to provide feedback on how might approach things.