Thursday, February 14, 2019

How do I prepare for my tech job interview?

A candidate reached out to me today to ask for advice on how to prepare for her job search. After sending my reply, I realized that this is not an uncommon question engineers ask themselves. The resources out there are good and bad, so I thought I'd share what I said. For some reference, I'm coming at this after reviewing thousands of resum├ęs in the last 12 months and conducting hundreds of first touch phone calls and technical assessment coding calls.
  1. Stay very focused during the open dialog. Pause every few sentences to ensure the other person is still following and that you're staying on topic. 
  2. Run through some practice algorithms & coding questions. Maybe Project Euler or Hacker Rank. This will just get your brain used to solving the types of things you'll see in an interview situation. Typically, once you're past the first phone assessment, it's less "Problem then Solution," and more architecture / big picture. 
  3. Pick a few industries or companies that you'd love to work at. Do some research on them. Then make a special version of your resume for those jobs. 
    1. If you're still not getting any traction, figure out who the hiring manager is and see if they have some blog articles or public presence in the industry and then add something about that to your cover letter -- don't be creepy about it! but you can typically find something that resonates with you and make a remark on it. 
  4. Cover letters do make a difference. Short & sweet.
    1. Just get the point across that you read the job post, 
    2. Five (no more than five!) sentence elevator pitch about yourself. 

30 comments:

  1. The post was really good. Thanks for sharing
    shriram earth plots

    ReplyDelete
  2. Information provided by you is very helpful and informative. Keep On updating such information.

    prestige elysian


    ReplyDelete
  3. I really enjoyed your blog Thanks for sharing such an informative post.Looking For Some More Stuff.

    shuttering works

    ReplyDelete
  4. I really enjoyed your blog Thanks for sharing such an informative post.Looking For Some More Stuff.

    best seo company in bangalore SSS digital Marketing

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think that you should have enough time and energy to prepare for your future tech job. I do not see any other solutions of how to find a way out!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Make sure you are a professional in this shpere! Take a list of your greates achievements to prove you are an expert. Do not forget about samples!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Design winning marketing campaigns in the digital realm with our Certification Programme in Digital Marketing. Increase traffic to your website with Search Engine Optimization, maximize your ROI with Google Analytics and navigate effortlessly through online advertising with Google Adwords and Google Tag Manager. Apprehend the rudiments of Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing, and Affiliate Marketing.
    https://360digitmg.com/india/certification-program-on-digital-marketing/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for sharing such a nice information with us...
    Unani Treatment in Bangalore

    ReplyDelete

  9. stunning, incredible, I was thinking about how to fix skin inflammation normally.I've bookmark your site and furthermore include rss. keep us refreshed.

    https://360digitmg.com/course/project-management-professional-pmp

    ReplyDelete
  10. You really make it look so natural with your exhibition however I see this issue as really something which I figure I could never understand. It appears to be excessively entangled and incredibly expansive for me.
    360DigiTMG

    ReplyDelete

  11. There is plainly a ton to consider this. Keep working, remarkable work!
    hrdf claimable courses

    ReplyDelete
  12. I feel extremely glad to have seen your site page and anticipate such a large number of additionally engaging occasions perusing here. Much obliged again for all the subtleties.
    360DigiTG supply chain analytics beginner's guide

    ReplyDelete
  13. There is plainly a ton to consider this. Keep working, remarkable work!
    hrdf scheme

    ReplyDelete
  14. A decent blog consistently concocts new and energizing data and keeping in mind that perusing I have feel that this blog is truly have each one of those quality that qualify a blog to be a one.
    360DigiTMG data analytics course

    ReplyDelete
  15. I was looking at a portion of your posts on this site and I consider this site is really enlightening! Keep setting up..
    360DigiTMG supply chain analytics training

    ReplyDelete
  16. Extraordinary post. I simply found your blog and expected to express that I have genuinely refreshing scrutinizing your blog sections.Huge thankful for the significant data.

    hrdf scheme

    ReplyDelete
  17. Your this webpage is on legitimate steroids in UK so you are mentioned to visit the site for purchasing just authentic steroids in United Kingdom. I will be glad to see you out there this decent post here.
    data science certification malaysia

    ReplyDelete
  18. On the off chance that your searching for Online Illinois tag sticker restorations, at that point you have to need to go to the privileged place.
    HRDF Claimable

    ReplyDelete
  19. On the off chance that your searching for Online Illinois tag sticker restorations, at that point you have to need to go to the privileged place.
    HRDF Claimable

    ReplyDelete
  20. It is very ideal to see the best subtleties introduced in a simple and getting way.
    what is the difference between analysis and analytics

    ReplyDelete
  21. It is an obligation of gratitude to share information, continue the great work ... I sincerely enjoy researching your website. great asset ...
    what is hrdf

    ReplyDelete
  22. This is my first time visit here. From the tremendous measures of comments on your articles.I deduce I am not only one having all the fulfillment legitimately here!
    hrdf contribution

    ReplyDelete
  23. It was worthy experience to get some answers concerning hazardous complement. Valuable for everyone looking with respect to the issue.

    data scientist course in delhi

    ReplyDelete
  24. You totally coordinate our desire and the assortment of our data.
    https://360digitmg.com/masters-in-full-stack-data-scientist-course/

    ReplyDelete
  25. Especially superb!!! Exactly when I search for this I found this webpage at the top of every single online diary in web crawler.
    https://360digitmg.com/course/certification-program-in-supply-chain-analytics

    ReplyDelete
  26. I am always searching online for articles that can help me. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working, great job !
    Data Science Training in Hyderabad

    ReplyDelete