5 Steps To Avoid Bombing Your Technical Interview

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what to do on a technical interview

So you have a technical interview coming up? Nervous? I’m talking about the second interview all you smart IT guys and gals go through when it’s time to step up to the plate and get that sweet job working in your field. Don’t panic. A technical interview may sound scary, it is comprised of two intimidating words nonetheless, but reading through this article will hopefully give you the backbone to survive the gauntlet otherwise known as a technical interview.

  1. Just Relax– Did I say gauntlet? Just kidding. While it may sound grueling and scary, a technical interview is just a test of your expertise on the systems you’ll be working with. Just don’t work yourself up over this whole thing. If you had the gravitas to get this far you obviously know the rudimentary basics. Still…

  2. Know What You’re Talking About– A technical interview is a test of your skills. Make sure you are qualified for this position in the first place. If you doctored up your resume or embellished your attributes a little too much then you might be in trouble. You’ll be given advanced warning of what exactly you’ll be asked in your technical interview. Take those college cramming skills and put them to good use once again.

  3. Don’t be Afraid to Tell the Truth- People seem to associate the words ‘I don’t know’ with being stupid. Admitting you don’t know something isn’t stupid, you’re just stating your ignorance. Ignorance can be fixed with a little dose of education. Stupidity, on the other hand, is much harder to fix. Don’t be stupid and try to wing yourself through a question you absolutely don’t know on your technical interview. The person interviewing you will smell the bull you’re trying to shovel. Be honest when confronted with a question you honestly can’t answer. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by coming clean and the interviewer will see that you’re honest even in a stressful situation.

  4. Don’t Fear the Reaper– That person sitting across from you isn’t out to get you. Unless you blatantly offended him or her they are probably happy to be talking to you. Don’t get defensive or personal in this situation. The questions may be tough but don’t throw a temper tantrum during your technical interview. Be like Fonzie and keep your cool. Also try not to hit on them either. May not work out to your advantage.

  5. Rests, Eat Right, Blah Blah- You’ve probably heard the propaganda about getting enough sleep and eating well before a big test years prior to reading this article. Well there’s a reason for that and it’s called it works. A full night’s rest and a hearty meal can improve brain functions yadda yadda yadda. You know all about it so just do it for that upcoming technical interview.

A technical interview may sound stressful but it’s just one more hoop to jump through on your way to that future job. Really the most important thing is to relax and keep your cool. Being calm under pressure is a great sign you can deal with sticky situations and that you can work when the going gets tough. Just relax and you’re already on your way to pass that technical interview.

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