May 2, 2017

Are you job searching and have an interview coming up? Congratulations. You’re halfway to getting the job of your dream!

I’ve been on both sides of the interview process: the interviewer and the interviewee. In my previous article, I’ve shared few tips on how interviewers can make the most out of the interview process. In this article, I’d like to share tips for interviewees (job seekers): how to increase your chance of impressing your interviewers.

Choosing Programming Language

Unless your interviewer requires you to write code in a specific language, pick the programming language you’re most comfortable with.

One of my favorite languages to use during technical interviews is PHP. Why? Because it has so many built-in convenient functions that help you achieve things faster, without having to rewrite a lot of things.

Take this as page about the various array-sorting functions available in PHP as an example. They’ve made just about every single sorting function you can think of!

Browser history

If you’ve used your browser to access certain websites you do not want the interviewers to know about, you might want to be really careful about what you type into the address bar.

If you’re using Google Chrome, opening an Incognito Window wouldn’t make a difference. They still share the same browser history and bookmarks.

What to do:
  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the profile button located at the top right corner of Google Chrome window
  3. Enter Guest Session
  4. Then you’ll see this:
  5. Your cookies, bookmarks, and browsing history are 100% separate in this window. So, you’re safe 🙂

Be resourceful

Like many software engineers out there, the internet is a indispensable source of knowledge. Interviewers like to assess your ability to acquire new information from the internet. They would want to see how you approach the problem and how much time it takes you to acquire it.

Be careful with what you share

Often times during interview, you’ll get super excited about the interview that you accidentally share sensitive information about former or current employer. Be very careful about this. Employers are very cautious about intellectual property protection and will see you as a liability if you’re not able to keep confidential information private.

Admit mistakes when you make them

Interviewers would like to know that you are a great team-player and are able to admit mistakes when you make them – you’re not a person with high ego.

Ryan Harijanto

Head of Engineering. Former Sr. Engineer @Netflix , @HotelTonight , @Shutterstock. Previously a Senior Systems Engineer at Netflix, currently technology advisor and board member for emerging companies. Diverse technological knowledge and understanding of various industries.

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