familiarize yourself with the format and types of questions
First, if the recruiter has sent you material on preparing for the interview, be sure to review it closely. Also, check to see if the company has interview prep information on its website. If you are not sure of the format, ask the recruiter.
Questions will focus on the types of skills you’ll be using on the job. They can range from the core fundamentals to higher-level principles.
Many technical questions are based on your own experience. Did you create a game for a class project and put it on your resume? Be ready to talk about your technical tasks, challenges, and contributions.
Although some companies are entirely removing them from their interview process, you might receive a brainteaser during technical interviews. These questions assess your problem-solving abilities, comfort with ambiguity, and quantitative skills. Share your thought process and problem-solving approach out loud, and try to enjoy the challenge.
Most interviewers want to hear you explain your thought process while working through a problem. This gives them insight into your personality, problem-solving skills, and ability to work under pressure. There are many ways you can practice doing this:
Be comfortable asking questions and asking for clariﬁcation. If you make a mistake, don’t let it aﬀect the rest of the interview. You’ll have the opportunity to answer many questions and the interviewer will often forgive a single mistake. When something goes wrong, move on and focus on the rest of the interview. If you don’t know the answer to a particular question, just be honest about it. Try to engage the interviewer so you can learn more about the topic and/or explain where you could ﬁnd the answer.
Use the Interview to Show Your Passion for Tech
By demonstrating your passion for coding and creating new programs, you are also showing why you are the right candidate for the position. Related extracurricular activities are a great way to show this passion. “The number one thing I look at on resumes is extra-curricular activities,” says former Google engineer Paul Tyma in a blog post. He adds, “I want to hire engineers that I want to work with. And those engineers are passionate about cool algorithms, slick code, and new ideas. They do that stuﬀ in their spare time—it’s not just a job, it’s what they do because they love it.”
Be Prepared for a Lengthy Interview Process
The tech interview process may take several weeks and involve multiple interviews. (Recruiters will often clarify this process in advance.) After the initial phone screening, you might meet with engineers and managers in the days or weeks to come.
Most inquiries about disabilities and medical conditions count as illegal interview questions. Employers are only allowed to ask, “Can you do the job?”