Episode 13: Interview Intervention (01:04:56)
This week’s episode comes from our real-life experiences with programming and IT interviews. We’ve learned that they’re real beasts, so we wanted to share some of our experiences and insights with our wonderful listening audience! We also talk a bit about how to prepare for programming interviews, how to find open positions in the first place, and good ways to get some hands-on experience in the work environment.
We kick off the show with sadness Ben telling us about his most recent programming interviews. A programming (or IT) interview isn’t like a normal interview. There are going to be some very technical questions that will require some review before the actual interview! The key point is that you need to review the technology behind a position before you start talking with the interviewer! A little preparation goes a long way to getting you through it.
Being prepared for an interview doesn’t mean squat if you don’t have an interview to go to, so we take a moment to discuss how to find open positions! We talk about the relative benefits and risks with casting a wide net on a site like Monster versus looking for very specific positions at certain companies that are involved in fields you have personal interest in.
Since it’s becoming more and more important to have hands-on experience, we talk a bit about the importance of internships for getting experience in a real-life work environment. While internships are a great tool, it’s also important to not ignore volunteer or extracurricular activities that can also provide some really good hands-on work.
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