You already know you’re good at what you do. A potential employer is wondering the same thing, and they need you to prove it. Walking in and expecting to ace the interview by “winging it” likely won’t help you make the cut.

Do you get stressed out when you get put on the spot in a technical interview? Practice makes perfect! After all, not many of us are fans of interviews, or being tested. The more prepared you are to show your skill and prove you’re the perfect candidate for the position, the better.

Four insider tips to prepare for your upcoming technical interview

Assuming you have the skills to pay the bills, here’s what you can do to get ready to knock the socks off your interviewer. What can you do to ace the technical interview?

  1. Really read the job description. Top to bottom. Once you’re done, think about how your skills can be put to work in that position and solve the challenges the company may be facing. You’ll be better prepared to show them why you’re a good fit for the job, and the company.
  2. Be a good communicator. In other words, talk the talk. Walk the walk. You know your past experiences and the skills you’ve acquired inside and out, but you need to be able to articulate that to the interviewer. The interview might include discussions with potential coworkers, puzzles and other problem-solving opportunities. The better you can apply your skills on the fly, the better you’ll do.
  3. Know the basics. We may have mentioned this, but it’s worth repeating. Core programming concepts and fundamental knowledge, algorithms, data structures and more will PROBABLY (translation—definitely) going to come up during your technical interview. If you don’t have a computer science degree and are self-taught, that’s still OK. Just spend some time brushing up on terminology, jargon, acronyms, concepts, logic, technical aspects and so on prior to the Big Day.
  4. Don’t forget your portfolio. You’re skilled in the art of developing, coding, programming – why not bring a sample of your work to show off? Bring a laptop and be ready to link to your website, or pull up files to show. Samples of your work are a great tool to have in your arsenal when you’re trying to impress the judges.

Practice makes perfect

It really does. Every practice session you make time for keeps information fresh in your brain right before your interview. Never discount the benefit of being prepared!

Looking for your next IT job?

Once you’ve prepared for technical interviews, don’t keep it to yourself. Reach out and talk to the folks who can help you find that next exciting job opportunity – RightWorks! To learn more, contact us today.