Technical interviews can be very stressful unlike normal interviews and will require more time to prepare. And for those who are interviewing for the first time, technical interviews can be a nightmare. But with the right amount of practice and preparation you can ace your interview and land the job you’ve been dreaming about.
What is a Technical Interview?
Technical interviews are conducted for hiring IT-related professions. Technical interviews are conducted to check the caliber and technical skills of the candidate and it will involve more assignments and practical knowledge rather than a normal question and answer type interview. Most technical interviews are focused on understanding the candidate’s critical thinking, problem-solving skills, situation adaptability, etc.
Technical interviews require more resources than a normal interview and it will cost more money and time for the company, but it will help to find the most eligible and worthy candidate for the job and that can be you also.
What to expect while a technical interview?
Before the in-person interview, you can expect an assignment or homework in which interviewers will expect you to solve a logic problem or programming. At this stage, you should take time to plan out and make sure you understand every requirement so that you will not miss out on any points and once you are finished make sure you re-read it and you accomplished every requirement the company asked for. And for other companies, there will be remote coding assignments and this includes screen sharing or a pair programming scheme and during this phase make sure you are in a completely distraction-free atmosphere and minimize all your unnecessary tabs opened in the window
WhiteBoard Challenge/Real-time coding challenge, this usually happens during the last round of technical interviews and this consists of giving hypothetical problems and seeing how candidates deal with them. At this time you should take your time and understand the requirements and don’t be shy to ask a few questions around and this will also help to get some clue from the interviewer. And always remember to use “we” instead of “I” this will amplify you as a team player and will aid you to add up points to the hiring process. Now let’s look at the tips to ace your technical interview
How to prepare for a technical interview.
1.Brush up the fundamentals
Don’t be too stressed reading this point, brushing up your fundamentals doesn’t mean that you’ve to prepare as you do for exams. And before understanding the fundamentals take a look into the job requirement, It means if the job requires PHP you should dive deeper into the said subject and even take an online mock test to boost up your confidence
2.Prepare to answer non-coding questions
It is as important as preparing for the technical round, This will include topics like introducing yourself, career goals, life goals, your work history. This is the best time to show your passion and personality.
3. Prepare a portfolio
Showcase your skill through a portfolio. Add every project you’ve worked on, your mastered coding language, Your contribution to the bigger project you have worked with, code samples, etc. Your portfolio will help the interviewer to understand your technical skills as well as your ability to communicate your technical thoughts and your place of mastery
4. Be thorough with at least one language
Pick a language you are most comfortable with and master it. It can be C++, Java, Ruby, Python. During technical interviews companies usually let you pick up the language which you are most comfortable with
5. Do Coding Practices/challenges
Before going into a technical interview make sure you are well prepared. Practice without the help of a code editor, Be Determined to solve 2-3 coding practices every day. This will not only lift your skill but also boost up your confidence.
6. Take time to prepare mentally
Everything will be for nothing if you are not mentally prepared to make yourself comfortable and create an efficient environment, wake up early and manifest. You can even prepare mental notes and imagine yourself in the interview to give yourself a heads-up.
7. Have a strong closing and Follow up
Use the last minutes to thank your interviewer for their time and appreciate how much it meant the opportunity for you and while doing so let them know why you are the right person for the job and make sure to follow up with them by sending a thank you note with personal details, expressing the points you note down during the interview
Now take a deep breath, relax and wait for your interview call.