Interviews

Avoiding an Online Interview Disaster

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Imagine this scenario: A job candidate logs into Skype for an interview with an HR director. The candidate’s username is “BadWolf11,” which he thought was a pretty cool handle when he set up the account. Except it’s not so cool now—the interview hasn’t even started, and the interviewer is already put out. Yes, there are many mistakes you need to avoid in job interviews that take place via online video. While having a neutral username will help you dodge some… continue…

A Big Reason Managers Ask Coding Questions

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Tip of the Day When you’re asked a coding question, it’s important to remember that you’re not being judged by the code you write on the spot, but by the way you approach the problem. For example, depending on the job you’re applying for, using some known algorithm might be the right approach—or it might not be. What the manager really wants to see is whether you get to that algorithm. After all, algorithms and patterns are relatively easy to… continue…

Control Your Body Language During Interviews

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Tip of the Day When it comes to interviews, courtesy and correct answers only take you so far. Body language—what you’re saying with posture, gesture and expression—counts, too. It’s important because body language has the power to reinforce what you’re saying—or completely negate it. The key to confident and authoritative body language is keeping yourself unguarded and in control. To accomplish this, always keep your body open to whomever you’re speaking. Turning away, lowering your head, rolling your shoulders forward—these… continue…

Never Let an Opportunity Pass By to Showcase Your Expertise

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Tip of the Day Most general interview questions have a straightforward answer. Don’t satisfy yourself with it. When meeting with the hiring manager, always look for ways to share details that can illustrate your expertise and experience. For example, let’s think of project managers. During interviews, they’re sure to be asked which PM methodologies they’re most familiar with. A simple answer—”I’ve used Waterfall and Agile”—would miss the opportunity to showcase your thinking and experience. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like… continue…

‘Who Else Are You Interviewing With?’

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Tip of the Day How do you respond if an interviewer asks who else you’re talking to? It seems like a straightforward question, but the wrong answer could carry some risks. If you say “nowhere,” might the interviewer think you’re desperate? If you name high profile companies, will they infer their job is second choice? The key to answering is to provide just enough information to satisfy the interviewer’s curiosity without hurting your chances. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like… continue…

Share Your Worst Interview Story

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Few things are more of a letdown than a job interview that goes south. There you are, ready to talk tech and show them how well you can fit in with their team, and you find yourself across the table from someone who’s forgotten that they’re the one who called you in the first place. What makes it worse is you’ve got to keep your cool no matter what—it never pays to lose control, even if you decide you’d rather… continue…

Show Off Your Passion for Technology in Job Interviews

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Tip of the Day When it comes to getting a job, you have to demonstrate your expertise—indeed, your passion—for technology and pass a technical interview to score top pay. Hiring managers want to see that you’re engaged by tech and are always working to keep your skills current. So don’t be surprised if an interviewer asks about projects you’ve worked on in your spare time, without pay. The fact that you want to program in off hours and voluntarily upgrade… continue…

4 Interview Stories That Are Truly Weird

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Sometimes interviews can turn weird. We don’t mean in the sense of interviewers taking phone calls during the conversation or of questions so out of left field it’s hard to figure out their purpose. We mean weird in the sense of WTF. Quora hosted a thread of some truly bizarre interview stories, which Business Insider helpfully sorted through to find the really interesting tech episodes. Among our favorites: One woman, Nina Kumar, was having lunch at Amazon when her interviewer… continue…

4 Interview Questions for DevOps Engineers

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Whether it’s coding and scripting, process re-engineering or team building, DevOps engineers apply a variety of skills to bridging systems operations and development. Their goal is to create a stable infrastructure and, ultimately, get new code into production. “It’s also about understanding business priorities, strategies and metrics,” says Mitesh Mehta, business head of the Technology Competency unit for Collabera, a Morristown, N.J., technology staffing and services company. To do that, DevOps engineers need to keep abreast of modern software engineering… continue…

One Question You Should Ask During Your Interview

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When you’re preparing for an interview, of course you want to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked. But be sure to take the time to plan the questions you want to pose, as well. The best interviews are really conversations, as well they should be. You want to know if the position is the right fit for you—just as much as the company does. After all, your job takes up a good portion of your waking hours, so the company… continue…