Despite the downturn of the [American] economy, the technology sector hasn’t seen a terrible decline in job oppotunities (this is all relative, of course).
But as the market begins its slow climb back up, many people are getting back to interviewing for new positions. Mashable recently shared an article on interview tips for programmers.
Once being on the other side of the fence in the hiring process in this industry, I thought I’d pick three of these and share my take on them:
- Keep a clean Resume. The development field is filled with acronyms. Don’t list languages and acronyms just because they decorate your Resume. Anything is fair game for an interview and it’s far too easy to get trapped in questions you aren’t prepared to answer. Knowing a few things deep is better than knowing many things shallow.
- Ego Check. I don’t know what it is, but developers can be really conceited (and I’m not saying I’m above this!), but when you enter into an interview, it’s unwise to talk to those interviewing your as if you’re more experienced. Although it may be true, the guys hold your potential job in their hands :).
- Prove Yourself. If you’re in the development field, then it’s assumed you write code. There are only so many ways to solve the finite number of common problems available in the typical tech-space. Be prepared to write code – and a lot of it – on a white board or on paper.
Of course, each organization is different but many follow a similar style of interviewing. Brush up on your skills, lean out the resume, and be cordial :).
Read the full article and Mashable’s take in their original article.