For the past 18 months, Raihan Khondker has been a Design Engineer-In-Training at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). He graduated from the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Ottawa in December 2008 and started working with OPG right away.
In this video interview, the first of three, a recent Electrical Engineering grad explains the application and interview process he experienced about two years ago while he completed his last semester at the University of Ottawa.
Khondker says he learned about OPG at an on-campus career fair in October 2008. He spoke with employees at the OPG booth and learned more about the company.
That night, he visited MyPowerCareer.com and submitted an online application. According to the website, all applicants apply to a generic/multi-position job posting, which is generally posted from Labour Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend for positions beginning throughout the following year.
Khondker says he received a call for an interview the following week. Typically, the event is held at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in early November.
The full-day recruitment event started at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast with senior-level managers. Then, applicants were put into small groups and asked to complete some group work.
The applicants also had the opportunity to speak with recently hired engineers about their work. The engineers put Khondker and his fellow applicants at ease when they explained that new hires receive comprehensive training so they can take on challenging roles with confidence.
The day ended with an individual interview where, to Khondker’s surprise, he was asked mostly behavioural interview questions, not technical. Interviews are conducted by a two-person team who will make recommendations on where candidates may best fit based on their experience, education, preferences, or other criteria.
Conditional job offers are made to successful candidates beginning in December, and usually continue through February, depending on the number of applicants and positions being filled.