What are companies asking to their potential developers at interviews? What should you expect and how should you respond!?
Our amazing recruiters have collected some of the most frequent questions & scenarios candidates have been asked for development positions, and today we are sharing these with our journal community!
1. How would you describe yourself?
Don’t go too deep here! Make sure you research the company to potentially join and the tasks for the job you applied to… How can your personal life relate to the company’s values? Why would you like to work for this specific company? Why is your personality good for the duties involving the developer role? What hobbies do you have and how do you combine these with your work life? How would you rate your competencies for this job?
2. What is your current position?
Employers want to know what you are up to RIGHT NOW. It is no secret that the tech world evolves every single day and the experience gained in previous roles might be outdated. Remember to outline all of your tasks, explaining the challenges you and your department face and how you add to the team. Furthermore, explain your programming habits mentioning the development tools you have used and the languages you have programmed in. Explain your willingness to learn and your aim to change bad habits with specific examples…
3. Technical tests
Most employers will ask you to do a technical test to prove your skills. In the case of a developer role, you could be asked to show your skills when it comes to programming. First of all, do not let nerves get the best of you! Remember that if you got to the interview stage of the process is because you are capable of passing this test! Just code away! You can practice different technical tests online. Some very useful websites are: Testdome or Desvskiller.
4. Riddles, conundrums and other problem solving exercises.
Companies really want to hire talent with problem solving skills. You might be the best programmer in the world, but if you don’t know how to handle problems, you might not be able to perform well in the work place! Luckily, most of these exercises work in the same way, meaning that you can practice before going to your interview. There are many online sites where you can practice, like Riddles or KhanAcademy.
5. Work portfolio.
Most developers don’t have a portfolio of their work as they only develop for specific companies, and they are not allowed to show their work without permission. We do recommend you work on some project that allows you to show your skills. You will not only be able to show initiative and great time management skills to potential employers, but you will also learn along the way and have a great start point to your conversation to the interviewer.