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Know Your Stuff
What to Expect

The Interview

Jason Truesdell


Well, that's certainly an understandable reaction. High-tech companies sometimes have grueling, all-day interview processes which can be more exhausting than the work itself. Others might talk to you for 20 minutes and send you on your way.

If you're properly prepared, the interview doesn't have to be a painful process.

Here are some tips on how to prepare, and what to do when you get there.

Know your stuff

Remember when I said that anything on your resume is fair game for questioning? Make sure you're ready to answer questions about anything you've written about in your resume.

Know what to expect

Anticipate the kinds of questions you will be asked at the interview. Learn what managers are looking for when they ask questions, even ones that sound unrelated to the job.

Have the right attitude

Avoid fatal mistakes by showing appropriate enthusiasm.

Understand interview formats

Solo? Tag Team? Long-distance phone call? Grueling series of hour-long interviews?  It could all happen to you. Learn the implications of different types of interviews on what you can say and what you should focus on. 

Think out loud

It's great if you can instantly produce a "right" answer, but what really matters is how you think through a problem. Learn how to avoid freezing up and make the right impression.

Make it a learning experience

Even if you flub up an interview, you may have an opportunity to learn where you went wrong. Here's how to take advantage of an interview gone wrong. 

External Resources

The Motley Fool: Ask the Headhunter

Job Interview Handbook from developer.com



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