Heyya! Yes, I know; it’s interview season now. And I also know that you might be panicking about how to prepare and ace your interviews. So in this blog, we will be discussing some crucial tips that will be chamomile tea to your nerves.
Your Resume Speaks For You
Even before you meet the interviewer, your interviewer would have seen your resume. And that’s why it is of utmost importance that you have your best self in the resume. Your resume need not be fancy or posh-looking to stand out. Even a simple format with all the required information would do the job. We all tend to make one mistake: add the skills or technologies that we aren’t well-versed in. The problem arises when the interviewer starts asking you questions based on that. It will be pretty embarrassing if you can’t answer a fundamental question about the skill that ‘you’ put in the resume, right? So either upskill yourself and add those skills, or just the ones that you are good at would also do the job. Another great plus point to your resume is internships and projects. Having projects and internships in your resume will make it stand out from the rest. It’s absolutely alright if you don’t have any also. At times, students master the concepts and topics, which is also quite sufficient to impress your interviewer. But do not add projects that you haven’t done entirely on your own. In short, what you need to be in the resume is honest and concise.
Understanding The DSA Concepts
Whether it’s Google, Facebook, or Amazon, they all look for one trait in common when they hire a fresher. Yes, you guessed it right. DSA and algorithms are the most crucial concepts that will help you crack the majority of the interviews. There’s no golden number of questions that, if you solve, you surely will crack the interviews. The important thing is building your intuition. And that is possible only when you have a very firm grasp of the concepts. Knowledge of a wide variety of concepts such as Graphs, Trees, Trie, etc., will help you solve the problem in a fast and efficient manner. Instead of learning a hundred concepts, another approach that will help you is, solving the questions. When you see a question, do take a moment to understand what precisely the question demands, and they try to think about one particular data structure or algorithm that can be used there. This will help you build your logical thinking and develop your intuition as well.
Know The Organization
Imagine attending an interview, answering all the questions, but missing one major one. At times, you will be well versed with all the concepts but might not be able to answer a question related to the organization. Not only do they ask questions on DSA, but they also test your knowledge about their products and technology stack. You might be asked why you like a particular product and what you can improve in that specific product. In such a situation, if you don’t know the company and their tech stack, it can be a bit daunting for you to answer that. So always make sure to go through the company’s tech stack and understand why they use a particular technology.
Boost Your Confidence
Let’s be honest. We all panic at times during the interview, and this happens even to the best of us. Even though you might know a question that the interviewer asked, you might not be confident enough to answer. There are two ways to fix this, the most important one being practice. When you start solving more problems, not only does your confidence level increase, your logical thinking ability as well. The more you solve, the more confident you will express and explain your algorithm and code. The next thing that you can do to improve your confidence is to attend mock interviews. Not only do mock interviews help you analyze where you stand, but also boost your confidence levels drastically. You can ask one of your professors, mentor, or even an industry specialist to help you with this. This will help you understand where you stand when explaining your thought process or the code to another person.
Clarify Your Doubts
Do not hesitate to ask any clarifying questions to the interviewer. Instead of jumping into a question and writing the code, take your time and evaluate the questions. Sometimes you might have misinterpreted the question or any constraint that the interviewer might have mentioned. The majority of the time, the interviewer will give you a hint or two to help you out. So it is quite alright to ask some additional questions during your interview. After all, they also cleared these rounds some years back, right?
Now that you know how to prepare for your interviews, don’t waste any more time! Check out this video to know more tips.
Until next time, keep coding!