You have been applying to jobs and you get the call for your first developer interview; Congratulations. Chances are you are as frantic as you are excited and want to be prepared to do your best. We have laid out 6 very basic pointers to remember when tackling your first interview.
At Nerdii, graduates are prepared for interviews towards the end of the training. If our experts were to pick out the 6 most important things to remember, these would be it; so Good Luck!
Research the Company
It’s always a good idea to start by researching and becoming familiar with the company you have applied to. Read as much as you can about them, about the company culture, the technologies they most prefer and use etc. It’s always a good idea to ask questions about the company during an interview; don’t go overboard of course, after all it’s YOU who is being interviewed but asking questions allows the interviewer to know that you did your research and are really interested.
Practice mock interviews
Never go into an interview without practicing because chances are you will black out and forget everything. It’s always great to start practicing a week before the interview; practice with your friends, line up interviews in smaller companies, use platforms like pramp to practice coding interviews in live video sessions with other job seekers.
Build up a narrative
Don’t just walk in and state facts as written on your resume. The interviewer wants to see your personality, they want to know if you will be a good fit for the company culture or not. As an example, instead of simply stating I am a developer with x number of years of experience, turn it into a story of how your previous work has allowed you to gain precious experience via a project you did, or a huge task you accomplished.
Solve the problem ‘strategically”
During technical interviews, it’s normal for people to start coding right away. Stop and analyze the problem first. Collect your thoughts and strategically lay out a draft of how you will go about it. This way you will stay on track and not get overwhelmed and lose time. This too you can practice during the mock interviews. Practice with the same resources and the same time-limit as in an actual interview and you will be a lot more prepared to tackle the actual one.
Stay calm but act confident
The more you stay calm and keep your nerves in check, the better. Remember it’s not the end of the world. When you enter that room introduce yourself with confidence, try and initiate conversation as that tends to make one more comfortable. One way you can go about it is by asking questions related to the job; the perks, the responsibilities, growth opportunities, etc.
Look back and Improve, but don’t dwell!
After you are done give yourself a pat on the back. Take an hour or two to relax and then try and go over the interview. Write down any areas and points that you can improve on for the next one. It’s important to evaluate and learn but don’t dwell on it. You did your absolute best and now the case rests in the hands of the recruiter. Go grab a coffee, take a much-needed break, and then get back to preparing for the next one!