Here are 8 tips that will help you nail your technical interview and get a fair chance of joining the software development team of your choice.
1. Manage your Interview Approach
An interview is fundamentally a discussion, and to approach this discussion from a position of informed curiosity is a powerful thing. You know what this company is all about on paper, but you also want to learn from the people on the other side of the table how they see the company and its mission, and to discover what their vision is for the role you are interviewing for.
2. Do your Research
Make sure to research the company, press releases regarding the company and also any relevant industry information. Most companies will have all this information available on their website, although you may have to look a little further for information on the industry they operate in.
3. Look the Part
Wear what you would be expected to wear to work at the very least, and inform yourself about the dress code in the company or ask your contact if you are working with an agency or recruiter. If it looks like you have just rolled out of bed it more than likely may work against you in the long run.
4. Strike the Right Tone
More than anything, you need to come across as a positive, likeable, upbeat person with an optimistic disposition. Speak positively about all of your previous employers, and avoid any complaining as this will make you look like a negative person.
5. Highlight your achievements
You need to outline in the first few minutes how your key accomplishments make you a great fit for the role. Clearly, succinctly and honestly you must explain how you were successful, what skills you developed and how you grew as a person through this experience.
6. Show your personality
Who you are as an individual should shine through, along with your professional traits. Questions around your hobbies and interests give you an opportunity to show flashes of personality, and these can often help your interviewers discern whether you are a match for their business.
7. Show your Interest
Aside from doing your research, one of the best way of showing your enthusiasm and interest in a role is to take full advantage of the opportunity you will usually be given to ask the interviewer a question. Here you can demonstrate the research you have done by mentioning specific products or press releases you have read.
The final piece of advice we can give you is to try and empathise with your interviewers. The night before your interview, sit with a pen and some paper and imagine that you are the hiring manager or HR person on the other side of the table. Sketch down the qualities you would like to see in a candidate for this role, and then figure out how you can communicate your match to these qualities.
And remember, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the job; all you can do is your best.
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