Interview Prep Notes
Tags: career, interviewing, whiteboarding, interviews
What are interviewers looking for?
- competence (which is screwed, because of non-technical interviewers, and whiteboards)
- passion/interest (how do you keep up with all this stuff, anyway?)
- the blogs and meetups and whatnots i enjoy
- linkedin matters, i guess... still, not as much as twitter
- friend-of-friend is the way to get jobs, not friend, nor ads, etc.
- presenting at meetups
- for dress code, just ask/find out how they are, and how they expect you to be
- suit and tie? probably not.
- this means i'm screwed? dammit, gotta not enjoy clothes for two minutes, i guess.
- answer questions in a middle-of-the-road kind of way
- don't appear totally non-confrontational
- or totally confrontational
- basically, be a reasonable human being
- be aware of nervous affectations
- y'know, uhm, so, weelll, etc.
- that thing where i look to the left over someone's head when i don't know how to answer a question
- intentional pauses to appear more thoughtful about questions
- be mindful of speed (speaking)
- if in a situation involving strict constraints, put that out there
- right up front, especially with scheduling things
- during whiteboarding, talk through the whole thing
- don't just do it silently
- even if it's a partial solution, having talked through your thoughts would be a big help
- always assume it'll take 3x the amount of code we think it'll take, so write clearly, but leave a lot of space
- data-structure problems: objects are hashes