6 smart ways to succeed in a technical interview

Technical interviews are an opportunity to show off your skills and its a great way for hiring managers to uncover how you solve problems. They can make or break your chances of landing a job.  Here are a few ways you can prepare yourself for success and stand out from the crowd.

  1. You will be tested on your basic knowledge of computers, software and systems. The hiring manager will want to see that you are well rounded and you have a good grasp of how software interacts with hardware.

  2.  You need to demonstrate your knowledge of the skills specific to the area that you are applying for. You should be able to talk about why you’re making the decisions you are making, why you like using a certain framework etc.

  3. Whiteboarding is becoming increasingly popular in technical interviews so you should practice ahead of time, it will make a big difference, especially if you are not used to it.

  4.  You should be prepared to write lots of code. This is to show that you can apply algorithmic knowledge to solve defined and undefined problems. You should take advantage of online practice resources such as Hacker Rank which offer free coding challenges for developers to practice and build their skills. Testdome is also another great resource, with practice test questions.

  5. Talk about the contributions you have made and the impact you have had on projects and teams. And make sure you relate it back to what the company is looking for.

  6. If early in your technical career you should be able to go into a codebase and understand what is going on and be able to add value without breaking anything. If you are on a senior level you should demonstrate that you can overcome the unique challenges involved in scaling applications.

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