As a software engineer, your skillset is undeniably in demand from some of the biggest and fastest growing companies in the world.
It’s arguably one of the best times to be an engineer.
But despite your skillset being in demand, if you don’t know how to approach an interview correctly, you’re at a severe disadvantage compared to those who do.
We’ve put together three simple tips to help you stand out and crush your next job interview.
Do Your Research
One of the biggest mistakes you can make going into an interview is going in unprepared.
Given how easy it is to research a company, going in with little to no knowledge of the company you’re interviewing with won’t cut it.
Before any interview, you MUST do your research.
What exactly does that mean?
Do you know how big the team is? The company’s current pain points? The average salary for your role? Do you know what the company does? Do you know their values? Their history?
While you don’t have to be able to write a book about the company, the more knowledge you have on the organization before you interview, the better.
Please don’t show up to the interview learning about the company for the first time; it’s obvious and shows that you didn’t take the time to invest in learning about the company, which is a big red flag.
Practice Makes Perfect
Before any interview, you want to make sure you’ve put in the effort to practice. Do you know what potential questions they might ask during the interview? Are you ready to handle any code challenge they throw your way?
While taking the time to practice beforehand is a lot of effort, it can make a massive difference in your success.
If you can, perform “mock interviews” with family and friends. Have them ask a few questions you suspect might be asked during the actual interview. Did you answer well? Did you stumble on your words?
When going into an interview, have a few examples of previous work that can fit into any question they ask.
Watch your mock interview. Where can you improve?
The more you practice beforehand, the less stressed and nervous you will become the real interview. It really can help you stand out.
You’d be surprised at how many potential employees don’t ask their interviewer any questions.
If you don’t ask any questions, it’s a HUGE red flag. Remember, the interview is just as much for you as it is for the interviewer. An interview allows you to see if you might be a good potential fit, as well as if the company might be a good fit for you.
While you should avoid asking “how soon can I take a vacation,” surprise the company by asking insightful questions about the company or work you’ll be doing.
Try not and ask questions that can be easily found online. Asking thoughtful questions is an incredibly powerful way to stand out.
Put these tips to use during your next interview, and we promise you’ll be happy with the results! Good luck!