How to Successfully Prepare for a Tech Job Interview

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on September 23rd, 2022

How to Successfully Prepare for a Tech Job Interview

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on September 23, 2022

There is a lot to think about when you are preparing for a tech job interview, which can make the entire process feel overwhelming and stressful. Luckily, there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you are fully prepared for whatever the interview may bring.

 

Research the Company – Before you head to the interview, learn as much as you can about the company. There’s a lot of information on tech companies online, and LinkedIn is bound to have some insights for you to use. Take a look at things such as the company’s mission statement, their products and services, the company culture and any recent news about them. The more you know about the company, the better prepared you will be for the interview.

 

Look at the Job Description – Before going to the interview, go back and read the job description once again. Take note of any key phrases or skills mentioned, and think about the type of questions they could ask you. It’s a good idea to have examples of times you have shown these skills to hand, to showcase your suitability for the role.

 

Practice Open Ended Question Answers – A lot of interviews start with open ended questions, which then require a detailed answer from you. Questions such as “tell me about yourself” are common, but they can be difficult to answer on the spot. If you practice your answers ahead of time, you won’t find yourself stumped and struggling to know what to say.

 

Practice Answering Common Interview Questions – There are a lot of questions that regularly come up in an interview, so these can be practised beforehand. Practice answering questions about your background, experience, skills and goals. It’s also a good idea to think of specific examples as evidence for each point made.

 

Familiarise Yourself With the STAR Method – Curate a list of your most impressive professional accomplishments, and then practice detailing them using the STAR method. This will ensure you answer a question in a detailed, concise and descriptive way. Talk about the SITUATION, the TASK you had to do, the ACTION you needed to use and the RESULT of your actions.

 

Practice Answering Technical Questions – When you are in a tech job interview, you are bound to be asked technical questions. To ensure you have an impressive answer to give, practice everything beforehand. Think about how you would approach a specific problem, how you would work with others and the skills you would need. Even if you don’t know the answer, explain how you would use your problem solving skills to find a solution.

 

Have 3 Questions for the Interviewer – At the end of the interview, you should aim to ask the interview a handful of questions. Even if you have done a lot of research, asking questions shows that you are interested and invested in the role. For example, you could ask about the company’s goals.

Make a Good First Impression – Knowing how to conduct yourself in a tech job interview is vital, as this is how the interviewer is likely to remember you. With a lot of people to interview, you need to stand out to the interviewer for all of the right reasons. This means coming across as a friendly, competent and professional individual. Showcase yourself as someone who would be an asset to their team, someone they would benefit from having on board. You should find the line between being confident, but also humble and approachable.

 

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