Ace Your Technical Interview: What Got Me Into Google, Microsoft and More
For my very first internship interview I didn’t even realize there was a technical portion. I just assumed it was going to be a bunch “tell me about yourself” type questions. And I wasn’t unprepared for it either. I spent two hours at my career center bugging everyone there for tips and spent a couple more hours practicing what I would say for different kinds of questions. But when I walked in — the interviewer did not ask me about myself or my biggest weaknesses and strengths. Instead they pointed me to a white board and gave me a marker. I had no idea my technical skills would be tested! I was completely thrown off-guard. I had no idea how to approach answering the question and obviously got a nicely worded rejection email just a few hours after.
Luckily for me, I had a lot more successful interviews after that. I’ve given 50+ technical interviews since then and prepared a lot of my friends for them too! So far it looks like what I’m doing works and has gotten me and other people through the technical interviews at companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Khan Academy and many more.
I wish I could individually help you all out but there’s only so much time we’ve got so here’s the best I can do — give you a detailed step-by-step guide to nailing those technical interviews. It took me lots of trial and error to figure out the dos and the don’ts of technical interviewing so here are all the tips and tricks I’ve learnt over the course of the past few years. Here’s to hoping you don’t make the same mistakes I did!
1. Don’t Start Doing Mock Interviews Right Away!
Usually people advise you to do a lot of mock interviews — they’re not wrong, but if you jump right in without preparing yourself at all, mock interviews can sometimes be intimidating and ineffective and really demoralizing. In my experience, whenever I’ve given someone who was unprepared a mock interview, they often leave feeling very defeated and unmotivated because they got stuck and didn’t do very well in the interview.
Take the time to prepare a little bit and get a better understanding of what a technical interview looks like. If you want to see an example of what a mock interview looks like check…