How Can I Prepare For Electronics Engineering Job Interviews? – Do’s

Got a call letter for an interview in electronics? So lucky you are! You indeed deserve congratulations for being the deserving candidate for that particular post. But before you start building castles in air, there is one more constraint before your attending the interview. That is preparing for an interview.

electronics interview

Without wasting your time, here I am going to recommend you few basic things to read, which would help you in a good preparation. You can refer books or websites or magazines or blogs like ElProCus.

1. Company Website

Read company websites
Read company websites

The first and foremost thing to read while preparing for an interview is the details about the company. This includes the company profile, different projects handled by the company. This would definitely assist you in a good preparation.

2. Text books in Electronics

Read text books
Read text books

This idea of reading text books might sound boring. But don’t worry; provided that you won’t have much time before the interview, I am going to suggest you to mug up the whole book. All you have to do is to have good knowledge about basic concepts in subjects related to electronics and that can be gained only from the text books.

Actually the basic electronic topics for which most of the electronic companies hire are digital electronics, embedded systems (Microcontrollers), control systems, VLSI and communication networks. So here I am going to list basic books related to each of the topics which would help you in preparing for an interview.

So here are the few text books relevant for subjects related to electronics.

a. Digital Electronics by S. Salivahanan

This book provides a basic yet in-depth knowledge about topics relates to digital electronics like logic gates, logic circuits, memories, flip-flops, counters and many more. This is actually an ideal book to gain knowledge about digital electronics at the ground level.

b. Integrated Electronics by Jacob Millman and Christos C Halkias

This book can actually be referred to be as the ‘bible’ of electronics. Starting from basic concepts in electronics like semiconductors, electronic components like diodes, BJTs, FETs, MOSFET to application of these components like amplifiers, oscillators, generators and many more, this book provides an in-depth knowledge about each and every topic. Not only that, it also gives a basic concept about solid state power electronic devices like TRAICs, DIACs, SCRs etc. Apart from these, it also contains problems with real time variables which can be solved by students.

c. 8051 microcontroller and Embedded Systems by Muhammad Ali Mazidi and Janice Gillispie Mazidi

This book provides the basic and detailed knowledge about microcontrollers and embedded systems. This covers each and every description of 8051 microcontroller – its architecture, programming, instruction set along with sample applications and interfacing examples and much more.

d. Feedback Control Systems by U A Bakshi, SC Goyal

This book contains basic concepts of control systems like open loop and closed loop control, transfer functions, PID controllers, frequency domain analysis and many more. At the end of each chapter it contains review questions, which are very useful to the readers.

e. Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation by U A Bakshi, A V Bakshi

Starting from basic measurement instruments like voltmeters, ammeters, multimeters to data acquisition systems, transducers, signal and waveform generators, this book provides with a basic, simple and precise knowledge about each and every topic related to measurement and instrumentation.

f. VLSI Design by K Lal Kishore and VSV Prabhakar

If you are lucky enough to get a call letter for interview in VLSI design, this book would assist you in enhancing or revising your knowledge about VLSI design. This book contains basic details about VLSI design like fabrication, design of integrated circuits, circuit design processes, VHDL modeling and many more.

Apart from all the above books I have mentioned, there is one more book for those who want quick revision of all the basic concepts in electronics. That is:-

Basic Electronics by B.L.Theraja

This book actually contains a brief yet precise knowledge about topics related to many electronic subjects like basic electronics, circuit components, digital electronics, fiber optics and many more. This book provides a simple and basic understanding of concepts in electronics.

3. Magazines

Magazines
Magazines

Apart from the text books, which provide you with only basic knowledge about electronics’ topics, I will also suggest you to refer magazines for a quick review and catch up with the latest development in electronics around the globe. You can also read few blogs and websites online which can assist you in gathering basic information about topics relevant in preparing for an interview.

a. Electronic For You

Electronics for you magazine
Electronics for you magazine

This magazine can be called as South Asia’s most popular electronics magazine. It covers up everything related to electronics like latest technologies related to electronics, simple circuits for beginners, information about latest electronic gadgets and much more.

b. Everyday Practical Electronics

This is a popular UK based magazine which contains information about latest projects in electronics, advices from specialists, circuit design techniques for electronic hobbyists.

c. Nuts and Volts Magazine

This magazine can be seen as a guide for hobbyists, enthusiasts who want to have knowledge about circuit designing. You can refer this magazine for getting basic knowledge about design and modeling techniques.

4. Websites/Blogs

If you are not satisfied with books or magazines and just want a quick revision of the relevant topics, you can always opt for online reading. The best way is to read articles on websites or blogs. Here I suggest you few important websites/blogs which can help you in getting a precise and quick revision of the basic electronic concepts.

1. www.elprocus.com

This is a popular blog related to electronics, which is supported and run by the team of Edgefx technologies. Here in this blog, you can read many articles related to basic and advanced concepts in electronics and can help you in revising and enhancing your knowledge. This blog can be seen as a basic platform for technical education.

2.  www.engineersgarage.com

It is a popular website for electronic enthusiasts. This website contains everything related to electronics from projects to articles. The articles in this website are basically related to latest topics in electronics and different project ideas.

3. www.howstuffworks.com

This website is a good platform for science and technology. It contains articles pertaining to many important topics in electronics. It contains basic and in-depth information about relevant topics, in a simple language.

5. Sample Interview Questions

Apart from all the above stuff I have recommended to read, which can help you in getting a quick revision, I would like to suggest you to review your knowledge. The best way to do so is having a quick overview of few sample or old interview questions. There are many popular websites like Freshersworld, and many more which provide with sample and previous interview questions which can provide reference for preparing for an interview in electronics domain.

However remember, these interview questions should be seen as the ultimate ones and may change. All you can get is a basic idea about important concepts related to the topics.

Phew! Done! So much to read, just for preparing for an interview, isn’t it? Well I hope none of you is a couch potato and can actually spare time to revising your knowledge by reading any of the above items which I have recommended.

If you are going to give interviews for research field and interested in having a quick revision, I would recommend you to study the textbooks. If you are going to give interviews for private companies as a designer, I would suggest you the magazines and websites. If you don’t have enough time in preparing for an interview, you can always have a quick revision as well as revival with the sample interview questions and online articles.

So what would you generally prefer? Select anything and before you rush to prepare yourself, just inform us about your selection in the comment section below.

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6 Comments

  1. Abhinav G says:

    can u plz refer a good book to study electronics basics from?

    1. Tarun Agarwal says:

      Hi Abhinav
      The book name is EDC (electronic devices and circuits)

  2. UPASANA MUKHERJEE says:

    Isn’t there any particular book with all solved questions that are going to be surely asked in any electronics interview?Then suggest me with that.Why purchasing so many text books,think for those people who are having financial crisis ,searching for an employment in an electronics based company? They can only afford to buy 1 or 2 books with a nominal cost.Your suggestion should be cost -effective also.

    1. Tarun Agarwal says:

      Hi Upasana
      I sincerely appreciate your kind response regarding my article
      And once again please visit our domestic website https://www.elprocus.com

  3. i have only 2days for my interview…so i have to do

    1. Tarun Agarwal says:

      Hi Mohan
      I wish you good luck for your interview.
      Please once again go through the same article. We already have mentioned the way of preparation methods, useful books, magazines and websites for a electronics student.

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