The four key skills that make engineering candidates stand out at interview

The four key skills that make engineering candidates stand out at interview


As an electronics design and manufacturing company the quality of the engineers who work for us is a key element of our success. When recruiting, however, we often find that candidates lack key skills and qualities to make them stand out as an exceptional candidate.

So how can candidates stand out at an interview and demonstrate how they will make a difference to our engineering projects and be a valued member of the BitBox team.


We know that engineers, particularly graduates, are attracted to large companies and the development opportunities they offer. However, we have noted that engineers coming to us from such companies have often only experienced a narrow area of engineering. This isn't necessarily a bad thing! We can offer candidates a broad experience across multiple sectors, each with a variety of engineering challenges; things that are vital to career progression and job satisfaction. Experience can appear to hinder some candidates, however, demonstrating genuine enthusiasm and a drive for progressing their engineering skillset, are qualities that can help a candidate stand out during the interview.

Desire to solve problems

We get to meet many engineers that are technically very competent. We also see some that lack a genuine curiosity and problem solving skills.

Education certainly has a role to play in developing skills and it is interesting to note the withdrawal of the Electronic Engineering A-Level. Although education can help to develop technical skills and knowledge, often the development of problem solving skills are left to the individual. In interviews, the candidate that demonstrates an intuitive desire and presents evidence of solving problems stands out as extraordinary.

Love of learning

The qualifications we look for in an engineer will be dependent on the role being applied for. For our summer placements or apprenticeship vacancies we would expect candidates to be studying, or planning to study, Electronic Engineering in some form. For more senior roles, while qualifications gained at school, college or university are important, we are interested in their experience as well as desire to continue to learn and develop. Like all industries, the world of Electronic Engineering changes quickly; someone who shows initiative, follows trends and has a genuine and evident love of learning really stands out.

Ability to see the big picture

As a service for hire company, we work with an amazing collection of customers on an exciting array of products. From IoT lighting control systems for multi-family housing to data centre environment controls, or from renewable energy generation monitoring systems to sensors for down hole exploration, our projects offer engineers a broad experience. Having the design engineering and the manufacturing facility co-located ensures that our team can be involved throughout the whole process. They get to understand the complete process from the initial brief and concept creation through to design, layout, manufacturing and testing. And of course, colocation means that all of our projects can be completed cost effectively and efficiently. Candidates that can look beyond their role, whether electronics designer, layout specialist, PCB assembly technician or test, and can see how their output contributes towards making our customers delighted, are the candidates that will stand out in an interview.


While there are many skills and qualities that we look for in successful candidates, the four key skills above are significant enough for us to write this post. As a growing company, we are often on the lookout for recruits. With many applications being submitted, we are selective in who we take on; these four key skills and qualities do not define an employee of BitBox, but they make a difference during an interview. If you want a job with us, take a look at the BitBox careers page and, if there is something relevant, please get in touch.