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Technical Interview Micdrop

Posted by Donna Recchione on Sep 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Interview Tips, Candidate

The prospect of a brand-new job is quite exciting; however, the job interview process can be both intimidating and scary. While traditional job interviews are daunting, technical interviews are even more intimidating for most people. From a hiring manager’s perspective, technical interviews are an imperative part of the hiring process. They let the person in charge of hiring get a sneak peek into each person’s strengths and weaknesses, thought processes, and workflow style.  While a technical interview is challenging, everyone has to start somewhere. One way to overcome interview jitters is with proper interview prep and by using the tips and information found here.

1. Develop an Aptitude to Continue Learning  

While an understanding of the job and skill level are extremely important, it’s still important to remember that technology is an ever-evolving industry. Those who are adaptable will thrive the most.  As a result, hiring managers want to see that you have the aptitude to continue learning and that you are willing to be a lifelong learner. One of the best ways to do this is by showing how you have learned from your mistakes.

2. Remain Curious

What many people don’t realize is that curiosity goes hand-in-hand with intuition and passion. Show your curiosity by asking well-formed questions. While your interviewer does not expect for you to be a know-it-all, you need to be able to ask great questions, which will show them you are curious about the topic and job and that you are passionate to learn more.  Additionally, when you ask questions, it shows potential employers that you are an intuitive problem solver, which sets you up above the competition.  

3. Be Proactive

When you are stumped by an issue, the easiest thing for you to do is to give up. However, this isn’t a good attitude to have when involved in a technical interview. A better option to take when you are stumped is to give the problem the best shot possible. Make sure that you verbalize to your interviewer what is stumping you along with what you do know about the subject area. Make an educated guess, and most importantly go beyond the requirements or specs that are given to you.

4. Show You Are a Collaborative Team Player

Regardless of how talented or smart you may be, finding work is going to be challenging if you aren’t a pleasant person to work with in the office setting. In addition to evaluating your technical skills and abilities, your interviewer may also try to find out if you are easy to collaborate with others. They may want to see that you can take suggestions easily and carry on pleasantly in conversations about the situation at hand.

5. Show You Can Think Methodically and Communicate Your Thought Process

In addition to having a strong understanding of the job and what it entails, interviewers will also want to be sure that you can communicate what you understand. You can do this by thinking aloud when you are trying to solve a problem. This will illustrate that you are a structured, thorough and methodical thinker. A great way to practice this skill is by explaining code to your peers or friends that may not understand programming. If you are able to do this, then being able to talk to other programmers should be simple.

Use the Tips

When you use the tips here and have this perspective, then you can ditch the nerves when it comes time for your technical interview. In the long run, these tips will help to ensure you get the job you want. Call ICS or click below to get started on your search for the perfect job. 

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