Top 10 Tips For Technical Interview
Top 10 Interview Tips to Remember While Going for a Technical Interview
A technical interview focuses on the technical knowledge and skills of the candidate and the result of the interview would depend on how well you know your field and subject, but even if you do have the required skill and knowledge, you can still ruin your interview if not careful.
Here are the top 10 things you should keep in mind when going for the interview. These do not concern the preparation for the interview but the D-day; the interview itself.
- Arrive on time
This point can't be over emphasized. Arrive at least 10 minutes earlier by making allowances for traffic and other unforeseen delays in your schedule.
First impressions are very important. When you enter the room, close the door behind you. Initiate the hand shake when greeting the interviewer as it shows confidence and friendliness. The hand shake should be firm and not as a contest of strengths.
The body language and posture has a great impact on the result of the interview, technical or otherwise. Sit back in the chair, this will help you sit straight and project confidence. Its fine to lean forward once in while but don't intrude in to interviewers personal space. It's best to rehearse with friends and get their feedback as it's a fine line between confidant and arrogant or eagerness and desperation.
- Body Language
Today employers put great weight on people skills. In the mind of most interviewers poor body language translates in to poor people skill. It's very important to project confidence and use the correct body language. These are some pointers that'll help your body language.
- Crossing your arms projects arrogance or a defensive gesture, avoid this.
- If you are in habit of making wild gestures while talking try to minimize, as it distracts the interviewer from what you are saying.
- Crossing the legs at the knees has the similar impression as crossing arms; of arrogance or defensiveness.
- Both feet flat on the floor or crossed at ankle is all right as it projects a neutral and relaxed stance respectively.
- If you feel unnatural with these try putting one foot forward while other slightly lifted, with only toes touching the floor. This projects a ready stance. It doesn't matter whether the interviewer can see your feet or not. They are part of your body and their position and stance will affect your whole body language in subtle ways.
- Some other things to avoid are constant shifting of position, foot tapping and finger drumming on the table. Try to make as little movement as possible. Some times it's not a bad idea to mirror the body language of the interviewer, unless it violates one of the above points.
- Eye Contact
Although staring at the interviewer is not good, you should still maintain eye contact whenever you are talking. In case of multiple interviewer look at the one you are talking to. It is usual to break eye contact when you are asked a question and trying to remember some fact or formulate an answer, but look at the interviewer and not at table, when answering.
When you are asked a question, listen carefully and make sure there is no misunderstanding. Never interrupt the interviewer, as it is very disrespectful. If you have any doubts, wait for the interviewer to finish before clarifying them.
Most of the time, as part of the technical interview, you'll be given a task or problem to solve, in front of the interviewer. Talk and explain each step of the problem solving as you solve them. It shows the interviewer how you think and not that you have just memorized the solution. Do not stay silent. The interviewer wants to know about your abilities and for this to happen you have to talk. But be careful that you are not babbling and what you are saying is relevant and of interviewer's interest.
- Under/Over Selling
Don't try to undersell yourself, project confidence in yourself and your abilities. It becomes very hard for someone to believe in you and your ability if you don't believe in them yourself. At the same time don't overly exaggerate your knowledge and skills either
- Other Options
Always remember that this is not your last option and even if you are not selected for this job something else, perhaps even better, would eventually turn up. This will reduce your nervousness and boost your confidence. Pinning all your hope on a job will have, in most cases, severe negative impact on your performance in the interview.
The points mentioned above would not help you in a technical interview, if you do not have the actual subject knowledge. They'll give you an edge and if you have the technical knowledge that the recruiter needs your selection is all but assured.