Key Tips to Ace Your First Tech Interview


You’ve been applying for jobs consistently over the past few months. It must have been a time-consuming process, having to write all those cover letters and present a perfect pitch to your potential employers.

But now, after an agonizingly long wait, you’ve landed your first tech interview! Amidst the exhilaration, there’s also sneaking anxiety because you don’t know what to expect or how to go about preparing for it.

Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Keep reading for some key tips on how to ace your first tech interview and all the subsequent interviews.

  • Be Professional – At any kind of interview, it is important that your mannerism remain formal. You should communicate your sense of professionalism, even when you are not talking. Work etiquette matters more than you think. And if you are already behaving like their ideal employee, your chances of getting hired are much higher.

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  • Brush up on Your Tech Skills – No matter how skilled you are at programming or web design, sometimes under pressure, you may not be able to recall even the most basic fact. It happens to the best of us. So before the interview, brush up on your knowledge of the field. There’s no harm in revisiting the guides and other reference materials.
  • Keep Your Body Language in Check –  You may have heard this a million times, but your body language essentially conveys a lot about your personality. While you don’t need to be sitting with a ramrod back, make sure you are not slouching either. Or sitting with one leg lazily crossed over the other. Such visuals of a blase attitude might not work in your favor. So be relaxed and confident.
  • Ask Questions – This does not mean you interrupt the interviewer every few minutes to ask questions. That would make you look rude. But, towards the end of the interview, you may be asked if you have any doubts or questions. At that time, take a moment to think. Maybe there’s something about the work culture or job profile that you want to know more about. Asking questions shows that you are genuinely interested in working at that particular organization.
  • Well-Balanced Responses – A balanced response is one where you’re able to connect your past experiences or your skills to how they will aid you in the future. Also, while it is important to display your knowledge of the field, make sure that you don’t go overboard and end up looking pompous. Try to keep your responses as balanced as possible.

These tips will certainly help you leave a good impression on the interviewer. Don’t forget to share with him/her exactly why you think you’d be a good fit for the company.

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