Cracking the Code- How to Successfully Answer Interview Questions at Tech Companies

imagesIGKJLAUMWith tech jobs on the rise, it means that the interview process is only getting tougher and tougher. So if your dream job is to work at Apple, Facebook, or Dell, you need to start preparing how to answer their open-ended, challenging questions. But, what kind of questions will they be asking and how do job seekers prepare for the ambiguous questions before landing your next role as a mobile developer at IBM?

What Types of Questions to Expect:

  1. Questions that test your logic
  2. Hypothetical questions you’re likely to solve on the job
  3. Brainteasers

By assessing your logic, skill set, or expertise, employers will ask something like this: “What areas do you feel like are your strongest? Can you describe a time where you encountered a challenging situation and how did you solve it?”

In the technology industry, your desired roll will most likely be something specific, let’s say a Software Engineer, so it is not uncommon for a hiring manager to ask how you developed software solutions in your previous position. Based on how you answer this, will give them a good idea on how you would handle situations you may encounter on the job.

The questions that come in the middle of an interview that usually throw you for a loop, are known as brainteasers. These are going to be based upon something specific, such as “Describe Google as a person.” When answering these, stop and briefly brainstorm of how to effectively answer.

How to Answer:

  1. Ask Questions– If you are unclear, do not be afraid to ask questions. Many questions can be vague and could convey a variety of meanings, so go ahead and ask for clarification.
  2. Break it Down– By finding a way of breaking down the issue, will show the hiring manager you are capable of tackling multiple issues at once and are not easily overwhelmed.
  3. Step by Step– Provide a sense of logic upon solving a hypothetical situation, for example by saying, “first I would approach this upon completing the following step.”
  4. Convey Communication Skills– This is one of the most important factors you will be evaluated on upon any type of interview so make sure you develop clarity upon answering.

As always, continue to do research on the company prior to an interview and be prepared to go in-depth about the qualifications listed on your resume specific to the open job description. For example, if the targeted company wants to learn more about your years of coding experience, be prepared to elaborate. Do you have any tips on how to crack the code? We would love to hear from you…

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