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
Your goal is to show the
employer why you are
the best person for the
Relate your strengths and
experience to the job
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,
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!
Your Body Language
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
Identify your skills:
Present a good
Use data - numbers,
volume, %, etc.
what happened as a
result of your
Link up what you’re
good at to how you can
help the employer out
in this job.
Exhibit quiet confidence
Organize your thoughts
knowledge, skills and
Think globally! Relate
outside experiences to
Job skills and transferable/adaptable skills
Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
Organizational Skills & Leadership Skills
Ability to continuously learn
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.
Send a Thank You
Call back in a few
Get a second
It takes time and
reach your goal
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
Don’t just list all your skills
Tailor the resume for your dream job or a
Interview skills to develop
Material to review
How to prepare for interview with a
Ask your friends about the company
Review your resume & bring copies with you
No computer or reference material
They test interview skills
Learn as much as you can before the
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
Get good night of sleep before
Product and industry ideas
Be prepared to discuss:
Past projects (including lines of code)
Leadership or teamwork experience
Resolving difficulties with co-workers
Practice on paper without an IDE
It's okay not to remember library routines
Interviewer wants to evaluate how you think
Balance confidence and humility
Question may be ambiguous
Make sure you understand
“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.
Purpose is to test intelligence, logic,
Actually hit or miss.
Study puzzle problems beforehand.
How would you sort/search/represent/solve ...?
What is the efficiency of this data
Again, ask questions and consider trade-offs.
Review undergraduate algorithms and data
Listen carefully to the problem.
Types of question
Example: “Sort a million numbers”
Use previous techniques, especially:
Asking what to optimize
How could one of our products be improved?
What could you contribute to our company?
What should we be doing?
Be aware of what the company does and the
state of the industry.
Don't say their products are perfect.