Interview Preparation – Tips
While surfing the internet, you would find many articles on how to get through managerial, cultural or HR rounds. We have answers to these questions on our finger tips like:
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
However being into technical field, to get a job in hand, you “have to” get through the toughest of all rounds and that’s the Technical Round. Even after being well prepared sometimes, many are not able to crack it. The technical interview is an opportunity for employers to put your hard-earned skills to the test.
Technical interview questions can vary across the core subjects and include puzzles, problems and other questions framed to make you think hard on the spot. Candidates really find technical interviews time consuming and nerve-racking. And, to be honest, many job candidates struggle hard through the first few technical interviews and lessen their chances of landing into a great job.
Following are few tips to help you climb the ladder of success.
#Tips 1 – Dress Appropriately
Your attire speaks a lot about your personality, even before you start speaking. The tech industry nourishes a culture that is in stark contrast to other fields. In majority of tech companies you get to see a very relaxed, casual, and creative environment. They also favor good personality. So when going for the technical interview, candidates should dress in a manner so that seem presentable. Overall, you should wear the dress in which you feel comfortable and relaxed as the interview process can be stressful enough.
#Tips 2 – Bury Yourself in the Fundamentals
Make sure before you appear for the technical round, you review the fundamentals and core technology basics. Go through the core concepts and theories that are vital to good practice. The interview process is always targeted to gauge your technical and problem-solving skills, so take ample time to refresh yourself on concepts and theories.
#Tips 3 – Stay updated with your Technical Skills
Many a times the candidates are found to be lagging behind in terms of their technical knowledge. Whereas, employers look for upgraded people having enthusiasm to grow, learn and upgrade all the time. Companies evaluate skills in a different way now, and they look forward to job candidates who are ready to evolve along with the market. Hence, it becomes indispensible for the candidates to have a technical toolbox that suits the market so that they can get through a rigorous technical interview easily.
#Tips 4 – No to a Slapdash Approach
It is very often that some technical concepts or activities do not form a part of practice on all days. Hence, skills are prone to getting rusty as they remain unpracticed for long. Some people take a decision to ignore this rust and decide to just wing it, and that leads them to disaster. Practice and preparation are the keys to a technical round specially. One can land up making stories when it comes to HR rounds but this doesn’t work in tech rounds.
#Tips 5 – Communicate Efficiently
Communication is the key to face the interviews successfully. Interviewers don’t know you or your skill set unless you speak and make it clear through your answers. It happens many a times that a candidate with great technical knowledge lags behind and misses on a job opportunity only because of lack of communication skills. Never leave the interviewers with any doubts as to how skilled you are, and avoid vague or incomplete answers. You can even follow up by saying “I hope that answers your question” to ensure you are on the same track as the interviewer.
#Tips 6 – Ask Questions
Sometimes, when asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, “No.” which is definitely a “Wrong answer”. It becomes highly important to display your interest in the organization and the job role. Hence, always ask questions to demonstrate curiosity in what goes on in the company. Asking questions even gives you the chance to find out if this is the right place for you. Don’t worry about what to ask, it comes from listening to what is asked during the interview and asking for additional information.
#Tips 7 – Never bluff with the interviewer
Never try on this! An interviewer who is taking your technical round may be an expert. And if he asks you certain technical question, means he knows it well. If you have a doubt in the answer, never take a chance or try to beat around the bush. Be clear and do not hesitate to say NO. But yes it shouldn’t be that direct. You can mould it and say “Sorry, I don’t know the answer, I am ready to learn provided the opportunity”. This gives an image to the interviewer that you are open to learning new things.
#Tips 8 – Take Time
On understanding the question asked to you in a technical round, don’t be hesitant to take a minute to think and process before you start solving the problem. Till the time you aren’t bombarded with rapid fire questions, pausing after being asked the question is a good thing. Of course—make sure you don’t take 10 long minutes to solve it in your head without saying a word! The point is to take and use your time to structure your approach and answer.
#Tips 9 – Know when to close and exit
To create an impression on the interviewer, proper closing is essential. Before parting ways make sure you have given the interviewer a view that you are inquisitive to learn. Always end up by expressing your level of interest in the job, so click on and grab the chance to say how you feel about the position and your experience. You can ask follow-up questions to understand next steps, the process and the timeframe.
#Tips 10 – Build a Positive Impression
The interview is all about creating strong and lasting impression on the interviewer. Candidates can send a thank-you email within 24 hours. Another good way can be to offer a solution to an unsolved problem that you were given during the interview. This works well and can work wonders at times, if you went off track in the interview, as it reflects that you care enough to give it additional time and attention.
Though there is no hard and fast rule or a fixed formula to success in an interview. You should always rely on your skills, concepts and work hard on your people skills if you really want to make it through.
At the end, whatever the result may be, never be disheartened if things don’t work out as there is always an added learning to it. Next time try to hit the bull’s eye with greater enthusiasm and passion. The more you take your interviews this way, the more valuable it will be to you in the long run.
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