5 Reliability Engineer Interview Questions to Ask

Hiring a reliability engineer is an excellent step towards improving the reliability and efficiency of your business.

Once you've found applicants and started interviewing them, there are some reliability engineer interview questions that can help you find the perfect fit.

Educational Background

Coursework, certifications, and other educational background should be considered when it comes to crafting reliability engineer interview questions. Reliability engineers are generally highly-skilled and highly-trained professionals that should be able to articulate their training to support their expertise.

Relevant Experience

While it can help if a reliability engineer has worked in the industry, it’s not as important as having experience with similar machinery and equipment. Many applicants may also be able to compensate through additional certifications and education. In any case, be sure to ask scenario-specific questions applicable to your facility’s operations to help you find the right person.

Knowledge of Software and Systems

Having general knowledge of common software and systems is a useful skill for applicants to have. SAP is one of the largest software solutions in use today, but there are many other brands that companies may use for operations. If applicants don’t have a ton of hands-on experience with the software your company uses, they should express a willingness to learn.

Root Cause Failure Analysis

Reliability engineers often specialize in Root Cause Failure Analysis to identify why problems occurred and prevent them from occurring again. Experience in Root Cause Failure Analysis can help a company improve upon its core operations and reduce the potential for equipment failure.

Scenario Questions

"What-would-you-do-if" questions often reveal very important things about candidates, such as their problem-solving skills and the real world applications of their knowledge. Generate a few scenarios that would be relevant to your business and ask each candidate what they would do in that situation.

Remember that most individuals don’t start off as reliability engineers, so it’s important to assess how the skills and experience they’ve gained in a similar capacity will translate into a RE role. Ask questions that will test their skills in maintenance and reliability and determine how that can be useful within your company. With the right questions, you should be able to narrow down your candidates quickly and find a reliability engineer that will work well with your business.

It can be difficult to find applicants that are perfect for your company, its needs, and its culture. Call Allied Reliability to craft the right reliability engineer interview questions and start finding a reliability engineer perfect for your business today.


Allied Reliability provides asset management consulting and predictive maintenance solutions across the lifecycle of your production assets to deliver required throughput at lowest operating cost while managing asset risk. We do this by partnering with our clients, applying our proven asset management methodology, and leveraging decades of practitioner experience across more verticals than any other provider. Our asset management solutions include Consulting & Training, Condition-based Maintenance, Industrial Staffing, Electrical Services, and Machine Reliability.

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