Acing the Technical Interview

For everyone else who is wondering how to ace the technical interview the most important thing to know is that your performance in a technical interview does not automatically correlate with your ability as an engineer. I’ve met some of the smartest coders and generally awesome people who just bomb tech interviews. Similarly, I know coders who don’t know anything but have had a combination of really lucky interviews and are great at BSing. I view technical interview performance like standardized test performance: it doesn’t measure anything but it’s a hurdle you’ll most likely need to face when getting a job in tech. I see technical interviews as an opportunity to show what you know and there are ways to improve your feedback by applying the following strategies.

How to Prepare for a Technical Interview

Most of you who are reading this have probably realized that you’re going to have to go through a tech interview at some point. It can be really scary if you’re unfamiliar with what to expect or but it doesn’t have to be!

I’ve interviewed with a variety of different companies and also sat on the other side of the table as an interviewer. Each place, role, and interviewer is different but here are a few general tips for preparing that apply to just about any technical interview.