There is currently a great need for software developers in technology companies around the globe. This means there is an increased competition for the best jobs on the market. Especially in places like Seattle and the Bay Area. If you land an interview with a tech company for a great position, preparing for an interview will give you the best edge over the other candidates. Follow these three insider tips direct from Akvelon professional recruiters for the best chance of success in your next interview.
Research Products and Services
Researching a company before an interview goes a long way in terms of showing that you’re interested in coming onboard. Plus, it helps you determine if the position and the company will be a good fit for you.
Start by diving into their website to get a good sense of what the company does, their mission, and values. Read their blog to get acquainted with their brand voice, and check out what they share on social media.
It’s a good idea to spend some time and focus on this step. Not only because this research helps you learn about a company interested in you, but also because some companies track IP addresses and can tell how long you spent reviewing their website.
Next, research third party websites like CNET and TechCrunch. These websites will give you the inside scoop to recent product releases, how the public reacted to those releases, who is investing in the company, and what technologies the company may be investing in.
Interviewing is a completely different skill than the skills that you may need for your job requirements. Research helps a lot in this regard, but a little practice never hurt anyone.
Here at Akvelon, our recruiters, or a software engineer in some cases, will take you through a mock interview process so you can practice your answers to typical interview questions, and some more specifically related to the open position.
If you don’t have the pleasure of working with one of our great recruiters, then find a friend and run through some commonly asked interview questions to help you go over some of your answers.
This practice can help ease your nerves and shape your responses so that you’re not caught off guard during the interview.
Your knowledge of the company and their products can help you shape ideas for further improvements and suggestions. If you show the initiative to brainstorm possible areas of growth, a good company is going to take note.
Once you share those ideas, if the topic should come up in an interview, the hiring manager will recognize your interest and passion for their efforts.
Late phase startups are particularly interested in these suggestions as they will be striving towards future growth in the industry.
If you want a top level job in the tech industry, preparation and critical thinking before an interview will set you apart from the crowd.