Preparing yourself for an inteview


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Preparing yourself for an inteview

  1. 1. What you really need to know right now … Hayesha Somarathne B.Sc(Hons) in IT, MSc in CS, Dip in Psy
  2. 2. Understand the concept and purpose of the interview Learn how to prepare yourself for the interview Develop strategies and techniques for a good interview Interview Tips
  3. 3. Any face-to-face contact with anyone who has the authority to hire or supervise a person with your skills. They may or may not have a job opening at the time you interview with them. Interview Tips
  4. 4. 3 Prepare 1 Prepare 2 Prepare Interview Tips
  5. 5. Research the employer Find out what the job responsibilities are Find out and record where, when, and with whom you will interview with Prepare a resume Interview Tips
  6. 6. Your goal is to show the employer why you are the best person for the job Relate your strengths and experience to the job Interview Tips
  7. 7. Fully complete the state application without being too wordy. Resumes should be brief and to the point (1-2 pages). Both must be error free! Application form is available on the Intranet in the HR Forms file. If you do not have a personal computer available to you, please complete the form neatly by hand, preferably typed. Make sure all information is accurate and captures what you have done in each job. Document your qualifications. Never assume anything. The application deadline date is exactly that. Plan ahead! Interview Tips
  8. 8. Your Resume Your Application Your Clothes Appearance & Your Body Language Interview Tips
  9. 9. Even when your interviewer gives you a first and last name, address your interviewer by Mr. Or Ms. and the last name Maintain good eye contact during the interview. Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching. Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible. Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question; and be thorough in your responses while being concise in your wording. Use good grammar and good diction. Say yes, not yeah. Don’t fill pauses with um, uh or ah. Don’t punctuate sentences with you know, like, see or okay Interview Tips
  10. 10. Employers want concrete examples Identify your skills: adaptive, transferable, and job-related Present a good “story” Use data - numbers, volume, %, etc. Emphasize results: what happened as a result of your skills/efforts? Link up what you’re good at to how you can help the employer out in this job. Interview Tips
  11. 11. Exhibit quiet confidence Organize your thoughts and apply your knowledge, skills and abilities Think globally! Relate outside experiences to demonstrate your qualifications Interview Tips
  12. 12. Job skills and transferable/adaptable skills Flexibility Dependability Teamwork Productivity Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Organizational Skills & Leadership Skills Communication/Customer Service Ability to continuously learn Interview Tips
  13. 13. Courteously thank the interviewer(s) for the opportunity to interview with the agency. Extend a handshake and exhibit enthusiasm about the career opportunity. Consider following up with a thank you note or e-mail of appreciation to the interviewer(s) to further show your interest. Interview Tips
  14. 14. Send a Thank You Call back in a few weeks Get a second interview Interview Tips
  15. 15. It takes time and persistence to reach your goal Consider every interview a learning experience Interview Tips
  16. 16. What material do you need to learn in class or on your own? Know what kind of job you want Create a resume that looks like the job you want Don’t just list all your skills Tailor the resume for your dream job or a waypoint Interview Tips
  17. 17. Interview skills to develop Material to review Programming problems Puzzles Knowledge-based questions questions, non-technical Interview Tips
  18. 18. How to prepare for interview with a particular company? Company website Ask your friends about the company Review your resume & bring copies with you Arrive early Interview Tips
  19. 19. Time pressure Nerve-wracking No computer or reference material They test interview skills Interview Tips
  20. 20. Learn as much as you can before the interview Make yourself comfortable: water, comfortable shoes, time of the day, etc. Give yourself ample time (arrive 15 minutes prior, plan for 1 hr extra time after) If you don’t know the answer - slow down and think Get good night of sleep before Interview Tips
  21. 21. Background Programming Puzzles Algorithms System design Product and industry ideas Interview Tips
  22. 22. Be prepared to discuss: Past projects (including lines of code) Debugging Leadership or teamwork experience Resolving difficulties with co-workers Interview Tips
  23. 23. White board Practice on paper without an IDE It's okay not to remember library routines Interviewer wants to evaluate how you think Think aloud Balance confidence and humility Question may be ambiguous Make sure you understand Ask questions Interview Tips
  24. 24. “Find a substring within a given string.” Make sure you understand problem. Consider time, space, and other trade-offs. Test your code. If you don't know how to proceed Work through an example. Start simple, then optimize. You're not expected to be perfect. Interview Tips
  25. 25. Purpose is to test intelligence, logic, problem-solving. Actually hit or miss. Approaches Study puzzle problems beforehand. Think aloud. Interview Tips
  26. 26. Problems How would you sort/search/represent/solve ...? What is the efficiency of this data structure/algorithm? Approaches Again, ask questions and consider trade-offs. Review undergraduate algorithms and data structures. Listen carefully to the problem. Interview Tips
  27. 27. Types of question Class structure Scalability Example: “Sort a million numbers” Use previous techniques, especially: Clarifying problem Asking what to optimize Discussing trade-offs Interview Tips
  28. 28. Sample questions How could one of our products be improved? What could you contribute to our company? What should we be doing? Approaches Be aware of what the company does and the state of the industry. Don't say their products are perfect. Think ahead Interview Tips
  29. 29. Further Help Mastering the Art of the Technical Interview e/Technical-interview.pdf The Job Interview Interview Tips