6 Top Tips for Software Developer Interviews in 2021

Andy Charters
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August 23, 2023
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Top tech companies organize their software development teams to achieve specific goals and objectives. The essential goals of a software development team include, but are not limited to, meeting project specifications and requirements, ensuring tasks are delivered on time, delivering solutions that perform and function efficiently and maintaining high-quality software.

To achieve these goals and more, companies are always on the move, searching for skilled software developers. Sadly, many talented software developers find job interviews nerve-wracking and challenging, since they spend less time developing their interview skills.

Are you looking to increase your chances of landing a software developer role? With these six under-listed tips, you'll be adequately prepared for your job interview.



1. Ensure your resume is professionally written

Just so you know, other developers who are vying for the same job may be as talented and skilled as you. Software developers are in high demand; companies cast a large net to attract eminently qualified developers. Often, the recruiter has to sieve through several resumes to find the right fit for the company.

A good resume gives you a comparative advantage above other applicants as it captures your strongest qualifications, skills, and accomplishments. Additionally, it offers you the opportunity to create a lasting impression on your interviewer/employer. If you don't know how to write a compelling resume, hire a professional resume writer to create one that stands out compared to your competition.

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2. Carry out in-depth research on the position and the company

When going for an interview, you must do a thorough background check on the open position and the company. Chances are, your interviewer will test your knowledge on what you know about the company and position you are looking to fill.

Doing some background research on your potential new job is a subtle way of letting your interviewer know how enthusiastic you are about getting it. Besides, no employer will hire you if they sense you're not that interested in getting the job. What's more, the research helps you ascertain if the job is a proper fit for you or not.

3. Have an active GitHub account

In today's coding world, it is expected that all software developers (especially junior and intermediate level professionals) use a GitHub account. GitHub is not a substitute for a resume; it is viewed as evidence of your coding ability and projects you have worked on in the past.

Many developers use GitHub to upload projects and contribute to others. Some common GitHub projects include web development, game development, mobile app development, automation scripts, plug-ins, and utilities.

Recruiters also use GitHub to evaluate the coding skills and experience of a developer. Your GitHub content is accessed based on several criteria, including performance, functionality, readability, documentation, and versatility.

4. Be proficient at solving algorithm based problems.

If you want to ace your job interview, it's important to dedicate a significant amount of time to learning and practicing algorithms. Chances are, you'll be asked to solve algorithm based questions during the interview. Algorithm-based questions are commonplace in a typical software developer job interview.

Recruiters use these exercises to check how adept you are at solving complex programming problems that exist in real life. Additionally, algorithm exercises are a subtle way of testing your problem-solving skills, programming skills, and retention ability.

One simple way to become proficient at solving algorithm based problems is to keep practicing your algorithms on paper, whiteboard, and on a computer. What's more, it will help you become familiar with algorithm questions and methods of solving them.

5. Learn to relax

Being relaxed is essential if you're looking to do well in a job interview. Conversely, being nervous doesn't help your chances at all, as it leads to performance anxiety and increased stress. One simple way of easing stress and calming the nerve is to arrive at the interview venue a couple of minutes ahead of time.

Additionally, ensure you're adequately prepared and have covered all your bases beforehand. You can also practice at home before going for the job interview to get a heightened sense of preparedness. Furthermore, dress professionally and moderately for the interview to increase your confidence. Don't forget to breathe anytime you begin to feel nervous or uneasy.

6. Provide apt answers to interview questions

During a software developer job interview, you'll be asked both general interview questions and industry specific questions. Whenever an interviewer directs a question at you, you're expected to provide articulate and well-thought-out answers. See every question as an opportunity to showcase your strong skills and assets.

Besides, an interview is more or less a conversation between two or more people, so endeavor to give answers that spark dialogue. Avoid giving one-word answers to questions except where necessary. Notwithstanding, the interview may demand true/false answers, short answers, or long answers.

Additionally, pay attention to trap questions and know how to answer these sorts of questions. Interviewers purposely ask trap questions to ascertain if you are honest or not. When asked a trap question, take a few seconds to articulate your response before providing an answer.

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6 Top Tips for Software Developer Interviews in 2021

February 16, 2024

Top tech companies organize their software development teams to achieve specific goals and objectives. The essential goals of a software development team include, but are not limited to, meeting project specifications and requirements, ensuring tasks are delivered on time, delivering solutions that perform and function efficiently and maintaining high-quality software.

To achieve these goals and more, companies are always on the move, searching for skilled software developers. Sadly, many talented software developers find job interviews nerve-wracking and challenging, since they spend less time developing their interview skills.

Are you looking to increase your chances of landing a software developer role? With these six under-listed tips, you'll be adequately prepared for your job interview.



1. Ensure your resume is professionally written

Just so you know, other developers who are vying for the same job may be as talented and skilled as you. Software developers are in high demand; companies cast a large net to attract eminently qualified developers. Often, the recruiter has to sieve through several resumes to find the right fit for the company.

A good resume gives you a comparative advantage above other applicants as it captures your strongest qualifications, skills, and accomplishments. Additionally, it offers you the opportunity to create a lasting impression on your interviewer/employer. If you don't know how to write a compelling resume, hire a professional resume writer to create one that stands out compared to your competition.

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2. Carry out in-depth research on the position and the company

When going for an interview, you must do a thorough background check on the open position and the company. Chances are, your interviewer will test your knowledge on what you know about the company and position you are looking to fill.

Doing some background research on your potential new job is a subtle way of letting your interviewer know how enthusiastic you are about getting it. Besides, no employer will hire you if they sense you're not that interested in getting the job. What's more, the research helps you ascertain if the job is a proper fit for you or not.

3. Have an active GitHub account

In today's coding world, it is expected that all software developers (especially junior and intermediate level professionals) use a GitHub account. GitHub is not a substitute for a resume; it is viewed as evidence of your coding ability and projects you have worked on in the past.

Many developers use GitHub to upload projects and contribute to others. Some common GitHub projects include web development, game development, mobile app development, automation scripts, plug-ins, and utilities.

Recruiters also use GitHub to evaluate the coding skills and experience of a developer. Your GitHub content is accessed based on several criteria, including performance, functionality, readability, documentation, and versatility.

4. Be proficient at solving algorithm based problems.

If you want to ace your job interview, it's important to dedicate a significant amount of time to learning and practicing algorithms. Chances are, you'll be asked to solve algorithm based questions during the interview. Algorithm-based questions are commonplace in a typical software developer job interview.

Recruiters use these exercises to check how adept you are at solving complex programming problems that exist in real life. Additionally, algorithm exercises are a subtle way of testing your problem-solving skills, programming skills, and retention ability.

One simple way to become proficient at solving algorithm based problems is to keep practicing your algorithms on paper, whiteboard, and on a computer. What's more, it will help you become familiar with algorithm questions and methods of solving them.

5. Learn to relax

Being relaxed is essential if you're looking to do well in a job interview. Conversely, being nervous doesn't help your chances at all, as it leads to performance anxiety and increased stress. One simple way of easing stress and calming the nerve is to arrive at the interview venue a couple of minutes ahead of time.

Additionally, ensure you're adequately prepared and have covered all your bases beforehand. You can also practice at home before going for the job interview to get a heightened sense of preparedness. Furthermore, dress professionally and moderately for the interview to increase your confidence. Don't forget to breathe anytime you begin to feel nervous or uneasy.

6. Provide apt answers to interview questions

During a software developer job interview, you'll be asked both general interview questions and industry specific questions. Whenever an interviewer directs a question at you, you're expected to provide articulate and well-thought-out answers. See every question as an opportunity to showcase your strong skills and assets.

Besides, an interview is more or less a conversation between two or more people, so endeavor to give answers that spark dialogue. Avoid giving one-word answers to questions except where necessary. Notwithstanding, the interview may demand true/false answers, short answers, or long answers.

Additionally, pay attention to trap questions and know how to answer these sorts of questions. Interviewers purposely ask trap questions to ascertain if you are honest or not. When asked a trap question, take a few seconds to articulate your response before providing an answer.

We hope you found this article useful. Here at Cloud Employee, we assist companies looking to hire dedicated offshore developers in the Philippines, who are skilled across many technologies. Talk to us, learn more how Cloud Employee works, or see our Developer Pricing Guide.

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