Many talented developers, despite of having excellent skills, fail to get a desired high paying job. That’s because they focus only on development and technology while leaving interview skills behind. They think that if they have talent, there’s no need to excel at anything else.
But tell me, is there anything possible in this world without communication and a good behavior?
Then how a matter like interview is easy to pass.
Practicing interview skills help you get your dream job with high pay and more career opportunities to grow further.
So are you ready to practice those career-door-opening skills?
1. Build a Professional Resume
It all starts with a resume. Whether you apply online or referred by your friend, your resume will reach first to the company. From there, the interviewer decide whether to give you the opportunity or not.
Aspiring job developers often take help from professional resume makers to increase their odds. Those who don’t want to pay outside spent a good amount of time in making resume with the help of examples available online.
Follow the below-given quick guidelines to make a professional looking resume at home:
- Refer some examples online (Google with “resume examples for fresher developers”)
- Copy the format that you liked the most
- Make changes as per your preferences (name, education, etc.)
- Make it unique by adding your strong points (passion, years of practice, achievements, etc)
- Don’t forget to add the projects you worked on while practicing
2. Perform a Research on Interviewers
Each time when I went for an interview, I noticed the interviewers asking one question for sure:
Do you know anything about our company?
Have you read about our company?
Dale Carniegie, the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, stick to one advice to win people immediately:
“The easiest way to get someone interested in you is to show interest in them”
Who doesn’t want to hear about themselves? And if you want to do a job at a particular company, your interest matters the most.
You can only do so by researching the company and mention something (during the interview) that interest you the most. For example, mentioning the blog that you liked the most and learned something from it.
3. First Impression is Your Last Impression
Here comes the part when you have to take utmost care. I remember an HR from my company who could see people and tell whether the person is suitable for the job or not. No doubt, she looks for body language signs. A dull expression on face shows your level of interest. Coming late is another sign.
Follow these tips to avoid such accidents:
- Go with a smile that shows your passion for the job
- Reach by time
- Don’t be overconfident
- Be prepared to answer each of your resume question (for example if you have written “reading” as your passion. Be ready to tell about the recent book you read)
4. Infuse Passion in Your Answers
What’s your story behind choosing the development career?
What’s the moment when you realize you will grow in development career?
How you started your journey?
And how you are planning to grow further?
Interviewers ask you some of these questions and will love to see your flow for the same. It is believed that your communication show your passion. Make sure each of your answer reflects your passion for development career.
5. Show Your Experience
You will say how to show your experience when you are completely new to the development world?
And the answer is your practice.
You must have done some practice during the start of your development dream. You must have worked on some projects for the sake of exploring the language. Interview is the right time to showcase your practice and projects. Any freelance project you took during practice days would be icing on the cake. The interviewers will believe your passion if they see that you are willing to work for free in your spare time. Nothing can beat you with such answers.
6. Be Cautious of “Trap” Questions
- “What’s your weakness?”
- “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” (some answer it with “business” which often results in quick rejection)
- “Why are you looking for a new opportunity?”
Believe it or not, these questions can make or break your career in a minute. For example, I was quick to say that communication was my weakness which wasn’t a good sign if you are going to work for a company. So pick up general weaknesses. I would rather prefer humored weaknesses like being foodie is my weakness. Regarding where do you see yourself in 5 years, being a manager is much better than doing your own business.
7. Avoid Lying
No developer will lie on purpose. But sometimes, when you don’t know the answer, lie comes easily for the sake of getting a job at any cost.
This is where you make a mistake. If you don’t know the answer, say it clearly. There is no need to lie as HRs are quick to spot the lies. And once you say it, there’s no going back. You lost any opportunity to get the job. Better to stay honest than labeled as a liar.
8. Do Ask Relevant Questions
At the end, they will tell you something like “Do you have any questions?”
This is the time to leave a long lasting impression and increase your odds of getting a call back soon enough. Ask something relevant to the company. Leave aside how many leaves they offer or salary part. Focus on asking something creative like what kinds of skills the company is looking for?
I hope you found the tips easily adoptable. I know they are quite irrelevant to your talent for the development program. But they are your way to reach the highest point of your career with guaranteed growth. If you have attended an interview and you think there is more to add in the list, do share your experience with us. We would love to share the same with new edge developers.
Serving as a CTO. Having more than 7 years of experience in various field e.g. Android, PHP, .Net, XAMARIN, iOS, IoT etc. My role is to explore various technology and providing development and guiding team as per the requirement to stay connected with world.