Wednesday, November 24, 2010


What An Experienced Person Can Expect From The Technical Interview

Employers Know What They Are Looking For: This myth actually works in your favor. Managers who have a clear idea of the skills, requirements, and personal characteristics of their ideal candidates are definitely in the minority. They may have a vague, general notion of what they’re looking for. They may also have a job description that aids them in defining the job responsibilities.
But few managers take the time to think through what type of individual it takes to actually do the job. On top of that, interviewers may not know what questions to ask to assess whether the candidate is qualified for the position. 
This is particularly true if they have never personally hired anyone for this type of position or are replacing a long term employee. Some good examples would be developers of new technologies and the creation of a new internal team when the function was once performed by an outside vendor, such as helpdesk or development.

Although you can’t control these situations, you must be prepared to handle them. If you think you’ve walked into an interview where they aren’t quite sure what they need, here are some questions you can ask:
  1. Is this a recently created position?
  2. Who performed these duties in the past?
  3. What were their strengths?
  4. What was missing from how they performed the job?
  5. What policies and procedures are in place to support this team/position?
You have the opportunity to define or redefine the ideal candidate by presenting how in your experience you see the needs of the organization being met. And here I literally mean in your experience—using examples of problem solving and accomplishment to redefine the expectations of professionalism for this position. By setting the bar to at least meet your value to this organization, you will be one step closer to being the perfect candidate.

What typically happens when an employer doesn’t have a clear idea of who they are looking for is that they end up weighing candidates against one another. That’s the least ideal situation for you.

A Technical Interview Is All About Your Technical Skills
Yes, the interviewer will ask you about your technical skills. Will he ask detailed questions about variables, methods, and file names? Maybe, but most likely not. Beyond entry-level positions, the likelihood that the interviewer’s technical knowledge will actually match yours is very small. What he is more interested in is how you applied your technical skills to solve a business problem, in the hope that you might be able to help solve his. Understanding what types of questions he might ask is extremely important. 
You need to build up your general interviewing skills more than you probably need to enhance your technical skills.


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Haja Peer Mohamed H, Software Engineer by profession, Author, Founder and CEO of "bench3" you can connect with me on Twitter , Facebook and also onGoogle+

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