Before you can start working for a technology staffing firm, you must pass some technical interview rounds. I bet you will be nervous, so how can you prepare for a software developer interview?
1. First and foremost: Do a company research
The simplest approach to determine whether you’ve done enough research about the technology staffing firm you’re interviewing with is to consider the following factors:
- Examine All Available Online Sources: Visiting their homepage is a terrific place to start, but why not check out our Glassdoor, Twitter, and even YouTube and Instagram accounts? Who are the creators? Who are the folks you’ll be collaborating with? Where do they come from? Examine LinkedIn, but don’t stop there. Make use of all of your accessible resources.
- Examine the Employer’s Location: Consider the employer’s location. Be open-minded, but do your research on the location thoroughly and with the entire dedication to the role. Ask questions, read city guides, and gain a sense of the area.
2. If you can’t create a perfect resume, hire an expert
Some people write resumes for a living, even some IT & tech staffing agencies have this service. And those folks are unlikely to try to build their software to use on their computer.
So, if resume writers don’t build software, why would software engineers try?
You might be able to do a fine job, but chances are a professional can do a greater job.
My recommendation is to take the bullet and pay the money to have your resume professionally created if you want to receive the most software developer job prospects. Based on the enormous number of possibilities you are likely to have, it is a relatively little investment for the potential reward of finding a much better job.
3. Get an inside referral (if you can)
You are twice as likely to be interviewed and 40% more likely to get employed.
That’s correct, it has that much of an effect!
It’s not even that tough if you’re willing to plant a few seeds ahead of time to ensure that there are plenty of apples on the tree when you need one.
I identified a company I wanted to work for a while ago. So, what exactly did I do?
So, I found a developer at that firm who I felt shared some of my opinions and ideas, and I began following his blog.
I left a comment on his blog and expressed interest in his work and the company he worked for, and as a result of that circumstance, I was able to acquire an inside referral.
“Well, I don’t know anyone in XYZ corp,” many developers say. If you want to quit up there, OK, but I’m sure you can find a way to meet and befriend someone in almost any organization if you try.
But the secret is that you must network before you need a job, so start now!
4. Prepare to avoid some traps questions
You should truly know how you’re going to answer these types of questions before they’re posed to you, as well as what the interviewer is looking for when they ask them. Here are some of the examples:
- Why are you looking for a new opportunity?
- Name your greatest strength and your greatest weakness.
- What was the result the last time you and a coworker disagreed on a technical issue?
For example, if we just look at the first question about why you’re seeking a new job…
In many circumstances, interviewers are looking to see if you intend to disparage your current or prior employment. Don’t do it because it’s a clear sign you’ll do the same to them.
If you don’t plan ahead of time, you could easily fall into the trap of saying something nasty about your current employment, jeopardizing your chances of getting that new position.
5. Don’t be honest 100%
Many developers go too far in the opposite direction, revealing much too many personal facts about themselves, believing that honesty and complete transparency are the best policies.
The fact is that you should also avoid disclosing all the ugly facts of your life and all your shortcomings to your interviewer.
People are lured in by a sense of mystery, and they don’t want to bet on whether your OCD or preoccupation with CS: GO would cause you to fail in your work.
6. But you should not lie much either
Yes, everyone knows lying is one of the worst things you can do in an interview. But you should only lie about your personality, but not about your skills in a job.
If you don’t know the answer, don’t make one up. Don’t pretend to have worked with technology if you haven’t, or make up a story about how you used something in your previous employment.
Instead, state that you don’t know or that you aren’t certain, but you can try to answer based on what you believe. It also doesn’t hurt to follow up by asking the interviewer what the correct answer is if you’re genuinely curious.
To become a software developer is not easy, especially if you’re planning to join a developer team in an IT & Tech Staffing Agencies. Yes, you can seek help from some technology staffing firm to have more insight into your position in that company, but remember, your continent during the technical interview is the most important.
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