In this day and age, getting a job at a top-tier software company is probably everyone’s dream. You need to work hard to get it though. You start from the bottom to rise up to the top. It all starts with the technical interview. Here are tips on how to crack a technical interview at software companies.
1. Be modest
In other words, don’t brag too much. The more you brag about yourself and your skills, the more unconvincing it is for the IT Company. Remember, you are applying to work in an organization where it involves a lot of people. It is not about you, you, and you. It is more about “us” as a company.
2. Show confidence
You need to be modest and confident at the same time. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, how can a company have confidence in you? Be careful though, and don’t go over the top, words may slip unexpectedly.
3. Sharpen your IT skills
It’s an IT company and surely you need to sharpen yourself by reading books and articles and watch IT-related videos. They might even ask you to do some programming which is something you need to be prepared to do. Remember, there are two sets of questions in technical interviews at IT companies, namely basic knowledge of computer science and domain understanding.
4. Explain things clearly
Communication is always a huge plus when applying a job to any company. It takes more than IT skills to pass a technical interview. Here is a list of things you need to do that requires good communication skills:
• Giving instructions
• Giving feedback
• Coordinating a team for projects
• Presenting thoughts and ideas
• Receiving instructions
• Asking for clarification
• And the list goes on and on…
5. Stay honest
You don’t want to say things which aren’t true or things you’re not too sure of. Some interviewees might want to look smart, or even outsmart the interviewer by going too far. You may want to do some reading, but don’t memorize things. Memorizing things doesn’t necessarily mean you actually understand a concept. So, the best input to this is to read and practice or learn how to do it. Software companies want you to get things done, not just know things.
6. Say delightful things about others
You might have had a horrible experience in the past with your former employer or colleagues. Don’t tell them though. Companies want to work with positive and open-minded people. If you had problems with others in the past, there is no guarantee you will not have the same issues with your future boss and co-workers. If companies know that you frequently have issues with others leading you to jump companies, they consider that as a bad reputation.
Before applying for any job, make sure you are applying for the right one. You might want to do the following to ensure yourself:
• Convince yourself you actually want to work for a company
• Go through job search portals and make sure this the best job out there for you
• Do some study on the company you are applying to