Interviews

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…

3 Tips to Prepare for a Phone Interview

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Tip of the Day Phone interviews happen when someone sees your resume and wants to learn more about your work. Their purpose is to qualify you, to find out if you have the skills to do the job so that you can move on to a face-to-face interview. When preparing for a phone interview, bear these tips in mind. Don’t over-complicate your responses. The person interviewing you most likely will not know the job as well as you or the… continue…

How to Break the Interview’s ‘Q&A’ Format

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A lot of IT professionals think of job interviews as interrogations, tense encounters where managers or engineers fire off a series of questions and you respond with terse answers. But if you’ve been reading our Interview Qs series, you know the opposite is true. In fact, managers frequently ask open-ended questions to spark a discussion. Even technical evaluators hope you’ll ask for hints and walk them through your steps as you solve a problem on the whiteboard. They want to… continue…

Here’s a Curveball Question You Won’t See Coming

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Jon Bischke, CEO of recruiting software company Entelo, asks candidates an interesting question during job interviews: “What do you want to do after Entelo?” “That often throws people,” he told the New York Times. “It’s an interesting question because it helps people take off the lens of ‘I want this job,’ and to put on the lens of, ‘What do I want to do with my life? What do I want to do with my career?’” He goes on to… continue…

Keep Notes in Front of You During Telephone Interviews

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Tip of the Day It’s a simple thing, but some people don’t think of it: Before you begin a telephone interview, put all of your research materials and notes in front of you. Have a hard copy of your resume handy, and notes of any vignettes you might use to demonstrate your experience. Have them in large type, so you can refer to them easily. If you’re interviewing with more than one person and you don’t know their names in… continue…

Always Research an Employer Before Your Interview

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Tip of the Day Investigating a company and its management team may be one of the most important parts of your job search. In addition to preparing you for the interview, it will help you determine if you’re a good fit for the company—and if it’s a place you really want to work. First, start combing the Web. Give the company’s website a thorough read, paying special attention to the backgrounds of the executive team. Then delve deeper into the… continue…

Preparation Is Key to Successful Second Interviews

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Tip of the Day If you’re invited in for a second interview, always ask for an agenda or schedule ahead of time, including the names and titles of the people you’ll be meeting with. This will give you the chance to research them a bit, so you can understand their roles and anticipate their questions. Also, while you’re preparing, review your notes from earlier interviews, paying special attention to areas that seemed to concern the hiring manager and any team… continue…