Technical interviews today are far more complex than most people understand. Whether you’re a seasoned professional in tech or you’re fresh out of college and ready to get your dream job, you are going to run into a proverbial lion’s den. Most people that jump into interviews for programming and other technical positions, fail to secure the gig. The reason why many fail is because they simply don’t prepare for the interview. You may think that this is unorthodox, but it’s one of the biggest trip ups that most people fall through. If you want to get a call back, you’re going to have to impress the interviewer with your communication, not your skill. Your skill set is good, but you have to be able to exhibit that you know how to communicate it on the fly. With that in mind, there are some tips to consider moving forward to nail the interview.
Code The Hard Way
The first thing that you will need to do is simple, practice coding in long form without an editor. Get a piece of paper, or pull out notepad on your computer and start to write out long code based on sample questions you may find online. This will be a good way to think on the fly and communicate to the interviewer that you know what you’re doing, and aren’t relying on editors and other auto-coding software. If you can exhibit that you have a good skillset and code structure, you will impress everyone in the room.
Do Your Homework
Never ask more information from any interviewer on the phone, or in an email. Make sure that you work out some due diligence, and understand all the ins and outs of the job you’re applying for. If you don’t know what you’re applying for, you’re going to end up losing out on the job. Some people say that there are no stupid questions, but interviewers see a lot of it, and it’s wise to step back and look online as to what some of the dumbest questions have been made to interviewers in tech positions. Take your time, and study the company and how they work, what they do, and don’t ask dumb questions.
Do What Others Do Not
Very few people go back to the basics of their programming. Most people don’t practice interview questions, brain teasers, and a variety of other things. They go into an interview with bravado and they get knocked out of contention because they didn’t take the time to simply practice. Go back to the basics, practice coding, and learn how to communicate what you do. If you can highlight your experience, and prepare properly moving forward, you will land the job, guaranteed. Failing becomes simple, if you overthink things and step into an interview without any preparation.
Technical interviews require preparation, and it’s evidenced by those that land jobs that others don’t. If you want a fighting chance, subscribe to this newsletter and get the right information to land your dream job.
Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge