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Technical Interview Guide

Interview Preparation

What is Technical Interview?

Technical interviews are a part of the hiring process for technical professionals: it's a highly focused and rigorous process that assesses your technical skills, personality, and problem-solving abilities. In the same vein as "show, don't tell," you need to demonstrate your skills to the interviewer, rather than just stating them. The purpose of a technical interview isn't to trick you with riddles, brainteasers, or impossible questions, but rather to see how you tackle real-world problems, such as those you may encounter once you get hired. For the majority of us, technical interviews are a nightmare come true (with 3-4 interview rounds, remote coding challenges, and even full-day onsite interviews). Even though they are intimidating, it is much easier when you know what to expect and have invested time into interview preparation.​

Technical Interviews are notoriously unpredictable. As an applicant, you are likely to encounter some of the standard technical interview questions from different categories (think of behavioral questions, questions regarding education, situation-based questions, questions about one's technical knowledge, experience, certifications, knowledge of project management systems, etc.). Here are a few:

  1. Which programming languages do you use regularly in your work?

  2. Do you have any technical certifications that make you qualified for this job?

  3. Can you explain the most rewarding project you have worked on so far? Can you elaborate on your part in it?

  4. What steps do you take to ensure accurate estimates for a project?

  5. Are you familiar with two-tier architecture? Explain its elements and uses.

How to Prepare for a Technical Interview?

Listed below are a few tips for interviewing for technical positions:

  • An important step is to review the job description to determine what you need to study. This may involve learning data structures, coding in a specific language, or using business intelligence tools.

  • Explain your approach to solving problems and logical reasoning. This points out your problem-solving and critical thinking abilities to a hiring manager.

  • Do not hesitate to ask for more information if you do not understand the question. In case you do not know the answer to a question, tell the interviewer or ask probing questions to learn more. This may aid you in finding the right answer.

  • Attempt coding assignments and brain teasers to improve your programming skills.

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