You’ve developed the skills. You’ve done the research. And now, only one thing stands between you and your dream job:
The coding interview.
For those who are working towards careers with tech companies, the coding interview can be a nerve-wracking prospect. But it doesn’t have to be! In this video, “Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job” author Noah Kindler stops by Hackbright Academy to bring some insight to the technical interview process.
He talks through sample technical interview questions with engineering fellows who did a great job talking out loud through the problems. His goal is to help programmers succeed at technical interviews.
Watch the video from his talk at Hackbright here:
Want to have the best chance at acing the coding interview? Here are the tips Noah recommends when going on programming interviews:
#1 – Prepare
Practice programming interviews and go through your resume to make sure you are knowledgeable on every technology you mention. It’s just like studying for a test when you make sure you still understand everything on the study guide. So, if your resume says you know Python, you need to be able to showcase that skill. Also, make sure you know about the company where you’re interviewing and are familiar with their products. Having background knowledge of the company will help you feel more confident in asking and answering questions.
#2 – Be Systematic When Solving a Problem
Make sure you understand the problem and do an example before you start coding to help figure out the algorithm. Talk out loud while coding and make sure to check your code with an example when you’re finished. Try to stretch the problem and look for more efficient solutions after solving it. The goal is to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible so that when the nerves of the interview kick in, you’ll still be able to perform.
#3 – Reflect and Learn
If an interview didn’t go well, try to solve the problem afterward. Determine why you had trouble in the interview – at exactly what steps. Brush up on content areas if you weren’t strong in a certain place, and try more practice problems if you needed confidence or help approaching the problems. Luckily, there are lots of technology companies and opportunities, so you can be better prepared next time!
Programmers have a right to be nervous when interviewing for their next jobs. Programming isn’t easy, but these tips can help you feel more confident in programming interviews so that you can do your absolute best. If you prepare, solve problems systematically, and always reflect on and learn from your experiences, you’ll know you gave it your best effort, and hopefully, you’ll get the job too!
Let us know in the comments below if you get any new, tricky interview problems – or have any great tips for others going through programming interviews. Good luck!
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