5 Ways To Crack Any Tech Interview
There are a number of articles in the web which tells about how to crack administrative, cultural & HR interviews. Hence, we know very well about how to answer the questions like
- Where do you want to be after 5 years?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- and many other common questions.
As a technical person you will come across different questions as a measurement of how technically sound you are. Even if you are well prepared, it is still difficult to move ahead in technical interviews.
During the technical interview many programmers make basic mistakes that hurt their chances of getting hired. Some of those mistakes are listed here:
- Using incorrect jargon or terminology. Correct nomenclature shows you know the topic.
- Bullshitting when you don’t know the answer to a technical question.
- Not knowing programming languages you put on your resume.
- Not being able to convey the design aspects of complex problems.
In a software interview, you may respond when you don’t know something with: “I don’t know the answer, but I am ready to learn provided the opportunity.” Be honest in your interviews and accept where you don’t have knowledge. It will show you are honest and are willing to learn from other team members when your experience is lacking.
Ways to crack technical interview:
- Regardless of your technical role, be very strong in the basics of the programming languages you list on your resume. Know them in detail if you claim expertise.
- Be prepared to say when you don’t know something. Interviewers are not measuring you with the correct answers that you provided alone, they are also measuring you based on how open you are to learn new opportunities.
- Be definite on your answers. Do not embellish when a simple answer will suffice.
- Do not beat around the bush. Responding with immaterial answers or asking question that do not make sense will make the interviewer assume you don’t know what you are talking about. If you don’t know just say so, and ask questions showing you are willing to learn.
- Take your time giving answers. Your initial response may not be appropriate or may be wrong. If you take your time you may recollect the correct answer.
Being like a salesman is acceptable during technical interviews but these interviews are not always about the syntax of a function or whether your answers are correct. It is always about what you know and how open are you about learning new technologies and concepts and how you can contribute to the organization.
This will help you to crack the technical interviews, for more ideas and information, Get Michael Reinhardt’s book, “Inside the Tech Interview”.