Top Tips to nail your Technical Interview

So, you are excited that you've made it to the next round of your interview process, the technical interview, but don’t know what to expect? This is the opportunity to showcase and apply your skills; think of it as your time to shine.

What is a technical interview?

While hiring teams at this point have an idea of how you’d hypothetically handle yourself in complex situations, think of this as a grand stage set for you to demonstrate your skill in a practical way.

Technical interviews are typically used by companies to assess your technical and analytical skills in ascertaining whether you'd hold your own given certain tasks. Some companies will typically have a board for you to work out challenges such as calculations or code writing.

Rather than anticipating a never-ending maze, set with brain teasing traps, we have some navigation tips to get you through it all. Like any interview step, preparation is key.  

Expect more questions about yourself

"Please tell us a little more about yourself". While the technical interview is the main event here, it stands to reason that the interviewers may want to pick up where they left off just to know you better - or to test you. What is often the case is that new panel members tend to be introduced and need to be caught up. 

Stay curious

You'll never go wrong with a little extra research on the hiring company. You might be asked to put yourself in the shoes of a key team member to fix a problem, so go the extra mile by looking into what unique challenges they have come across in the past, and how you would have overcome them. 

Fix what's broken

Interviewers want to know, are you a problem solver? Practice questions and prepare typical tasks that might come up in your role. If you will be doing a coding exercise, familiarize yourself with the relevant language, and practice beforehand.

Support your ideas

Supporting your decisions during a problem-solving task is important, and this might help get you that handshake (or elbow bump) at the end of the interview process. This is about you showing that you can think your way to a solution - or close to one.