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Tips for Acing Your Interview

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Acing your interview is all about showing a prospective employer that you bring value they didn’t even know they needed to the table!

The format of an interview will vary from employer to employer. However, It usually depends on 3 things:

  • The size of the organization
  • The position you are applying for
  • The experience level of the position

In any case, here are some tips to ace any type of interview:


Before the interview:

1. Write out an elevator pitch (or offer) that you can deliver in less than one minute

You might be freaking out about delivering a pitch, but it doesn’t have to be salesy!

First, write down on paper your passions, and strengths and be prepared to discuss projects you are working on.  The idea behind having an elevator pitch is it allows you to quickly introduce your self to your employers or prospective clients.

Researchers Diana T. and Jason M show that self-disclosure is linked to reward centers in the brain. So when you talk about your value and what you bring to the company, you’ll feel motivated and forget you’re in a stressful situation! 


2. Do some major research on your future employer

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Dig up actionable info, such as business values and prospective clients. 

Also search their current LinkedIn or Twitter accounts for their products and services, to see if this is the kind of company you will enjoy working in. This will also help you when you start to prepare for interview questions.

Bonus Tip: It helps to know who your interviewer is and what they are into so you can connect with them on a personal level! 

3. Study up on the important fundamentals

A little practice goes a long way.

So,

  • Study important concepts related to the position & the type of tasks you will need to perform. 
  • Research the type of questions you might get asked from places like Glassdoor.
  • Complete practice questions and projects so you are able to drill your weakest points. 
  • Rehearse behavioural and technical interview questions. Prepare for at least 3 behavioural questions and 3 technical questions.
Some Example of Behavior Question
  1. Tell me what you could have done differently when you run into an error during a tech-related project?
  2. How do you prioritized your project task when you have more than one project to deliver?
  3. What is the project that you personally build, satisfied with and why are you satisfied with the project?
Some Example of Technical Question
  1. What is the role of scrum framework in the  software development process?
  2. How can you bring security awareness to someone that had no idea how it works?
  3. How do you keep up your skills with ever-changing technology?

 

Interview Day

1. Understand, Process, and Think

During the interview. Take a second to understand the question and process the answer you are about to give. Don’t rush to give any ol’ answer! 

This shows your future employer that you are thoughtful and you pay attention to detail.  It is also okay to talk through your thought processes with the interviewer.

2. Ask Questions

This is one of the most under utilized form of resource during your interview. Asking questions is a great way to gather information on framing your answer. 

Deborah Tannen says in her research that how we speak is influenced by our cultural experience. This leads to  different linguistic styles. This means that our understanding may not be an accurate reflection of what someone actually said. So ask questions.

Some great questions to ask in an interview
  1. What is the biggest challenge for the person filling this position?
  2. Can you briefly the projects that need to be immediately addressed by the person upon hired?
  3. Are there any further details I can provide that will be helpful?
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After the interview

Congrats! You successfully made it through the interview! You might think to yourself that there is not much more for you to do after the interview is over. 

You’d be wrong! There are a few things you can do to ease your anxiety after an interview, and increase your chances of getting a call back!

1. Reflect on the process

Right after an interview, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions, like:

  • Is there room for growth at this company? 
  • Do I see myself working with the manager at Company X?
  • Does Company X seem to value black and brown women?

 

2. Send an appreciation email to the interviewer(s) within 24 hours

This is also a great time to connect with the interviewer via Linkedln if you haven’t already!

If you haven’t heard back after a week, send a short and brief follow-up email reiterating your interest in the role.

That’s it! Remember you only need one yes, and these interview tips will get you closer to landing your dream tech job. 

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