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How To Approach Open Ended Questions In Interviews

28 Oct

Dealing with open ended questions is a significant stumbling block for a lot of engineering job candidates. In my experience, I have always been asked open ended questions during my job interviews. On the other side, as a part of the hiring group,  I have always posed open ended questions to the interviewees. One example […]

Public speaking: How I delivered a keynote address to more than 500 highly technical folks

21 Oct

The keynote was at a highly prestigious Liquid Crystals conference. The attendees, quite simply put were Liquid Crystal geeks including very senior professors, upcoming researchers, and PhD students. After the talk, I received many compliments along with interesting questions for future research. It felt so good to be appreciated and people genuinely learned something new […]

Seven Mistakes That Young Engineers Make

14 Oct

Every new person in a company will face a new set of challenges. It will be a new work atmosphere, new colleagues, new people, and new technology. Understandably, there are a lot of things going on in the head. After working with engineers over the years, I have seen some people bungle up things really […]

How to file for a patent as a student – Part 2

6 Oct

This is a continuation of another article titled “How to #file for a #patent as a student – part 1”. If you haven’t read that, I encourage you to read it first and then return here. Part 1 sets the context for patenting and more importantly requires you to take some action steps (short exercise, […]

How to file for a patent – Part 1

2 Oct

An important part about my work requires the filing of inventions if we come up with a new solution or discover a novel approach to improve an existing method. I also lead an innovation-focused group that brainstorms about various issues people face in their daily lives and how my company’s technology can be used to […]

How to Cut the ‘Ums,’ Uhs,’ and ‘Literallys’ When Speaking |

16 Aug

This is a superb read for anyone who wants to improve their #public speaking at work. Every notice some people saying “So” or “like” every sentence? These filler words can creep into your daily vocabulary and form an ugly habit that hurts the most when talking to someone really important.   What’s your filler word? You probably have […]

Using LinkedIn to plan your career

15 Aug

I wish I had found LinkedIn when I was in high school. I really, really do. One problem, LinkedIn wasn’t around then. If it was existent during my undergrad days, it would have been extremely helpful in better planning of my career.   How can you use LinkedIn to plan your career? To explain this, […]

Absolute Must Have Software Skills for any Engineering Job

1 Aug

As an engineering student in any field, there are certain #software skills which will help you at the workplace. Some of these may be taught in college and some may not. I strongly recommend you to get really familiar with these before putting them on your resume.   Programming language It could be C, Java, […]

How to improve your presentation skills

24 Jul

One thing that will separate you out at conferences and job interviews is your presentation skills. It is an absolute must to communicate better. No matter how talented you may be, a better communicator will be able to create more chances for better opportunities. Look at people who are well-set as executives. They all can […]

Getting published as a student

15 Jun

Let’s play this small exercise. Imagine you are a recruiter or resume screener in a company. You have narrowed down the list of applicants who have an undergrad degree to two. Resume A is from someone who has good academic credentials (percentages, GPA) from a reputed college. Resume B is from someone who has good […]