I've been sending out my resumes everywhere, workopolis, monster, craigslist, etc. Also been to one job interview last week, and I think I bombed. I can't write SQL syntax for linked tables. The interviewer hasn't written back yet. One headhunter has called and inquired for further details to put into the database. <Sigh> Oh well, it's a start anyway.
Does anyone know of an entry-level position or an on-the-job training position available in Ontario, Canada, preferable in the GTA area?
First interview is usually a general programming test, for e.g. writing simple codes for 'iterative and recursive methods', how to use the 'if-else statements', how to use "==" and "&&", there's always an 'array' question, and etc. (the fundamentals of the programming language).
There are usually a few SQL questions in there also. So you have to learn how to select and display fields from 2 tables. Sometimes some maths and IQ questions are included.
If you pass the first interview, you'll get called for the second interview. This one is mostly about asking you about your job experience and the usual stuffs - what are your strengths and weaknesses. I suggest, practicing this interview part vigorously! Talking to yourself in your head or saying it out loud to practice also works.
But the Most important thing is to be Honest with Yourself. Don't lie during the interview. The interviewer will know.
If you are honest and sincere, your warmth will shine through, and he or she will be your future boss!
I've analyzed a few situations, IMHO, if you don't like your interviewer, you will somehow "unknowingly" (subconsciously) perform badly. But if you like your interviewer, somehow you will perform better than you have ever expected.
IMO, an interview is like checking for "compatibility mode". Don't laugh, it's true. It's not only the interviewer choosing you, You are also choosing the person whom you want to work with as well! hah.
Have you (or anyone reading this post) conducted interviews for new programmers or experienced programmers?
I'm sure there are interviewees who mess up their interviews badly. There must be some 'fun' stories or 'horror' stories to tell.
My question to interviewers:
What is it, that makes you want to hire or Not hire someone? Is it purely 'chemistry/compatibility' or is it something else?
As for me, I've conducted an interview (for an assistant position) and the one thing I especially do not like is when the interviewee is arrogant. I like people who are humble and nice. They are easier to work with.
Even if they are actually arrogant people, they must "practice" being humble during the interview. heheh
Long time since I interviewed anybody; this was in the National Health Service where interviews were usually one-stage, but the candidates ought to visit the workplace beforehand. Making a bad impression at the preliminary visit would reduce one's chances. It is possible to fail at interview by being to arrogant, agree, but you need to be confident. You need to appear to believe the answers to your questions. We had one person whom we didn't appoint because all the answers were too short. (I met whoever it was a few months later; they had a nice similar job elsewhere.) And too long an answer won't help.
At one interview I went to, a woman applicant was asked whether she planned to have children, and the personnel officer immediately said, "Don't answer!" Since nobody would ask that question of a man, it would count as sex discrimination.
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