When you want to join a company’s technical team, you’ve got to jump through more than a few hoops during the interview process. Most organizations won’t take you at your word that you have certain skills, they want to see them in action. Skills tests are extremely common, and as unpopular as they are becoming among tech pros, many companies still rely on whiteboard problem-solving sessions to evaluate potential candidates. Technical interviews can be intimidating and extremely stressful, so use these strategies to help you have a successful session.
Get Clear On the Details
Typically, the organizer will contact you to schedule the interview and let you know some basics. Take the time to ask them to provide you with as much detail as they can about what to expect. You’ll want to know how many people will be conducting the interview, whether there will be a server set up, and where you might find FAQs or other candidate resources.
If the company doesn’t provide this information, hop on a site like Glassdoor for tips or connect with friends or colleagues who work there to find out what they might be able to tell you about the process.
Study And Practice (And Study and Practice Some More)
Gather as much intel as you can about the types of questions that might be asked and problems you may be tasked with solving. Spend time whiteboarding those at home, paying close attention to the areas in which you find yourself getting hung up. There will likely be interview-style questions asked of you as well, or you may be interrupted by an interviewer to ask why you chose a certain path. Practice with a friend or colleague so you won’t get rattled during the interview.
Be ready for anything, and make sure to brush up on your skills by studying and brushing up on skills every day leading up to the interview. According to Medium, Skillcrush and other CIO.com, the most common areas that pop up in technical interviews are: Trees (specifically binary search trees), Big O notation, hash tables, object oriented design, system design, binary search algorithms, merge sort and quick sort algorithms, breadth first and depth first search algorithms, arrays, recursion, linked lists, stacks and queues, and bit manipulation.
Be Prepared And Be Yourself
The day of the interview, make sure to bring a notebook and a pen with you. Write down the names of the people interviewing you and as problems are given to you, write down any questions you have. Make sure to get those questions answered before you begin. Remember, your goal is to solve the problem and if you need clarification, ask for it.
Throughout the interview remember to be yourself. If you’ve prepared and practiced, you’ll feel more relaxed. Feel free to laugh with the interviewers and share your thought processes as you work. Hiring teams want to work with people they like, so show them the real you.
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