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Guide to Acing Your Next Tech Interview

Your tech interview might not be the most relaxing but it’s one of the most crucial steps to land your next position. Between technical projects, cultural interviews, and hours of talking about yourself, it’s understandable to feel exhausted even before your interview begins. However, being prepared will be key to keeping you confident and ready to ace your next tech interview.

With this interview, you might be starting your first job or looking to advance to a senior position – whatever the case, there are a few steps you need to take to prepare and show up for the interview without feeling nervous about it.

7 Strategies to Ace Your Tech interview

Take charge of your interview and follow these helpful steps to get you ready for your big day.

1. Learn about the company and the role

If you haven’t already, the first thing you need to do before your interview is research the company, including topics like: what do they specialize in, what are their goals, what is their vision and anything else that will truly help you understand who they serve, who their clientele is and why they do what they do. Interviewers like to know that you are interested in the company and have taken steps to proactively understand more.

2. Practice makes perfect

Your interview might include a coding test, problem-solving questions and other projects related to your role. Be aware of this and do as much practice as you can beforehand. Taking the time to practice will help keep you refreshed for the test. Additionally, practice will help you feel more prepared and keep you confident as you approach the big day.

3. Clarify pre-interview questions beforehand

As you do your research and work on the projects or potential assessments, you may have questions. Reach out to your recruiter or the hiring manager to clarify your questions and help you understand what you need more information on.

4. The process is important

Don’t be in a hurry during the interview. Take your time to understand the questions, what is being asked and how you are going to go about answering it. Approach each question or problem slowly and make sure you think about the questions before immediately coming up with the answers. If the project requires you to collaborate, make sure you can work with the team and ask questions and stay engaged.

5. Understand the culture

Tech companies take pride in their company culture. The company you interview with will be trying to determine whether you are a culture fit and if you will understand and get along with other employees, working methods and anything else that defines the company. When you do your research, make sure you read about the company culture, what they value and how they conduct business internally.

6. Take note of the preferred working method

Some companies may have preferred software systems and other workflow processes that they want their employees to use. Your interviewer might want you to be proficient in JavaScript or Python, so it might be good to know their expectations and make sure you are up to speed on the technology they use.

7. Don’t burn the midnight oil

You’ve done the work and you’ve practiced as much as you can. Now, it’s time to relax and take it easy the night before your interview. Avoid staying up too late, overthinking and overstudying. It will only make you feel tired and uneasy in the morning.

Good Luck with Your Interview!

Congratulations on making it to the interview round! Show your interviewers you are as strong as your resume, and you have a lot to offer to the company. Be yourself and don’t worry if you get stuck or need some time to answer the questions. Take this opportunity to interview your employer as well with the necessary questions to understand if this company is the right fit for you, too!

Looking for your next technology hire? Contact one of our Ledgent Technology recruiters today!