Knowing how to interview for a computer programming/design position is almost as important as the learning how to program. Over the years, I have had friends who were excellent programmers, including the design process, who lost out to people who were skilled, but far better interviewers. Know what the company wants far before you go in for an interview. If you have friends at the company, find out as much as you can about the types of interviews that are given and what is to be expected in the interview. Research. Always be honest in your answers, with a confidence that you can come up to speed in the new position as quickly as possible. Starting a new job is saved for another article, but just be ready to work hard to come up to speed as quickly as possible, to make yourself as valuable to the company as you can as quickly as you can.
One way to find out more about a company is to do information interviews. The basics are to develop a list of questions about a particular company that you think will help you better understand the company. Find a person who would know the answers to your questions within the company, go through the proper channels to ask the person for an information interview. Remember this is only an information interview, it is NOT a job application or interview. Be up-front as to how much time you think the interview will take. Still to that schedule, unless the person wants to tell you a bit more. Ask your questions, take good notes (you will not remember more than about 15% of what you heard if you do not write it down (or record it) during the meeting. Always write a thank you after the interview.
Interviews with PractitionersI am in the process of interviewing people who developed systems (usually based on Software) that helps their customers accomplish needed tasks.
Oracle – Chris BranchflowerThe first person I interviewed was Chris Branchflower, a manager at Oracle. One of the tasks his team does is developing applications that are used internally. My purpose of this interview was to find out how his company interviews candidates.
Software Mr. Branchflower’s Group uses
- Templates and libraries to reduce redundancies
- NetBeans IDE with built-in handling of Oracle JET.
- HTML and CSS
- Beyond Compare for side-by-side code comparison. It can compare individual files or each file in a given directory one file at a time.
- Limited use of Java and C++ (mostly for legacy code)
Recommended Sites and concepts for Interview Preparation
- Freecamp Interview Suggestions
- Know what peer review is and how to use it
- Have good comments describing the code and modifications to the code at the start of the file.
- Never use generic names, always us specific names that describe what is being done or what the variable contains.