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“Learn the step-by-step process of preparing for your forensic engineering job interview that will give you the right experience to make your testimony creditable.”

By John D. Gaskell, Retired Consulting Engineer

Author of “The Complete Guide to FORENSIC ENGINEERING

Forensic engineering is defined by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) as “the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.” These engineers serve as consultants to the legal profession and as expert witnesses in courts of law.


Be prepared:

If you are responding to an employment posting, make a list of the skills desired, so that you are prepared to discuss and relate them to your training and education. Don’t be concerned, if you don’t have all the qualifications listed. There may be an entry-level-position available.

Make a list of five skills and qualifications of yours that you can share during the interview.

Go to the company’s web-site to learn more about the company so that you will be better prepared for questions like: “What interests you about our company”?

Make a list of likely questions that you may be asked and prepare answers: Why should I hire you? Is there anything about the job or the company that I haven’t told you? What are your career goals in the next 5 years and how will you achieve them? What are your salary requirements?

Make a list of questions about the job and the company and bring up your questions, during your forensic engineering job interview. Ask if you can meet someone in a similar position and the person who will be your immediate supervisor. This shows a true interest in the job and may reveal information that will make you look else ware.

Ask about the skills that you will be learning and applying in the available position; and access their relevance to your future goals. For example, assume that you are an electrical engineer and wish to open a practice designing electrical systems for buildings. A position as a lighting designer will not teach you the diversity of other skills needed.

Try not to look like a “dear-in-the-headlights”; practice in front of a mirror. Listen carefully and don’t be afraid to take notes during the interview. Bring extra copies of your resume, including a list of references. Also, bring your list of questions, a pad (in a folio), and a pen. Don’t bring a drink or chew gum and turn your cell phone off.

Send the interviewer a “Thank You” note or e-mail.

You may have to widen your job search area, but with persistence, you will eventually get a job in your chosen field.

Litigation consulting is interesting, challenging, and profitable. If what is involved interests you, I recommend adding “Forensic Engineering” to your practice as a consulting engineer. I hope that this article prepares you for your forensic engineering job interview.

Get Jack’s new book: The “Complete Guide” to FORENSIC ENGINEERING to learn the details. Also, the largest chapter in his book: The “Complete Guide” to CONSULTING ENGINEERING covers the “highlights” of Forensic Engineering. Visit to find out more.

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