8 Top Interview Questions for Software Developers
Interviews with prospective employers for your programming or software development job are already on your calendar? That’s great!
Start prepping yourself for the kinds of questions that are going to be thrown your way instead of sitting there with your mouth wide open.
“What steps would you take to troubleshoot what is causing the issue?”
At the end of the day, you may be labeled a programmer or developer, but to employers, you’re the troubleshooting master that figures out what’s wrong and then diagnoses and fixes software issues. Quickly. Remember that your troubleshooting skills are more important than how you fix the problem at the end of the day. So your future employer needs to be confident you can go on a scavenger hunt to troubleshoot and then solve the problem.
“What’s the project you’re most proud of working on and why did you thrive while working on it?”
This question is used to gauge what you like and don’t like. But it also tells an employer a lot about what you like to work on, what you value as a developer and what you’re thinking about while you’re working on a project. Think about the type of answer you give because it says a lot about what you like to do. Make sure you give specifics of what you worked on and a scenario that shows a specific project you worked on alone and not as part of a team.
“What project did you enjoy working on the most and why?”
Give an honest answer. Don’t be afraid to tell prospective employers what you love to do. Why? Employers are using your answer to gauge what you enjoy doing so they can find a way to have you doing similar work for them. That’s because happy employees stay and work harder doing tasks they enjoy.
“What’s the project you’re least proud of and how could the outcome have been different?”
You have to make mistakes in order to learn, so don’t worry about this question. Make sure your answer gives a future employer an example of how you learned from your mistake and what you would do differently. Employers also want to gauge how you handle projects you’re not interested in.
“What experience do you have in the programming or developer field?”
This is a tough one if you’re fresh out of college but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you’re answering questions for your first real job in your field, you should be showing up with a portfolio that that lists projects and open source contributions you’ve worked on. Surely your work there will impress and intrigue them. If you don’t have experience, explain what kinds of projects you would like to work on.
“What’s your greatest weakness?”
We all hate this question. Why? Because we’re forced to tell people something at which we don’t particularly excel. The best advice we can give is to be honest and emphasize what you’re doing to improve upon that weakness. Try saying something unique or funny when answering this question to stand out from other candidates and break the ice. If you’re diagnosing weaknesses, future employers think you can diagnose software issues too. See what we did there? Always remember you’re the problem solver and tailor your answer to remind employers you know how to solve issues.
“Why do you want to work for us and do you have any questions for us?”
Whatever you do, don’t start answering this question with the words: “No, I don’t think I have any questions right now.” Employers automatically think you’re disinterested in the job or their company. Do your homework on the company’s website. Come prepared with a list of questions you have about products and software the company uses. Ask about the company’s development process, the tools and languages the company uses and what kind of daily tasks you would be assigned if hired. Wow future employers and make sure they know their company is on your short list of places you want to work.
“Why should we hire you?”
Most people don’t like this question either. You don’t want to brag about yourself but you don’t want to undersell yourself either. Be prepared to rattle off some of your best traits without being a braggart. At the same time, exude confidence and positive energy when you talk so you come across as motivated and ready to get to work.
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Originally published at hometown.rlcarriers.com on April 8, 2016.