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How do you prepare for interview?

 
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Hi all,

Well i posted this topic cause i guess i'am unaware of the art of clearing interviews. Well first about me, i have worked on java/j2ee for last 3 years but the thing is that i dont get much chance to code. So what i do is i keep learning things on my own and look for some dev opportunity in other companies.

If i am asked to work i can as i have already practiced it but would have to see the syntax and my previous self-made program to recollect the stuffs.

As i don't work on rigorous hard core dev so have to revise all things from scratch for interviews. Its really hard to revise all the things in such a sort duration and preparing well in advance is no good too as by the time calls come you forget things again.

So just wanted to know how you all people work out on this when you have a call in a day or two. How to you keep yourself prepared?

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More suitable for Job Discussions. Moving.
 
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You prepare for interview by giving interviews. .
 
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Ya, sort of, i start preparing when i get call... cause preparing in advance leads me to forget stuffs by the time calls come Anyway nobody shared their exp till now..
 
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This probably doesn't answer the intent of your question, but... It is a good idea to do some research about the company. See what they do. And if you would like doing it. Also, have in your mind what more you would like to know, and have some questions prepared.

An interview is a two way street. Don't forget to use the opportunity to interview them too.

Henry
 
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Henry that was nice to know too. Though i do have few questions for interviewers like, my role,project i will work on, tech it uses. I do fine in this street of interview but the other one i find uneasy to tread on..
 
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Pranav Bhatt wrote:So just wanted to know how you all people work out on this when you have a call in a day or two. How to you keep yourself prepared?


Practice! Seriously. What if you spent 15 minutes writing code every day when you get home from work and more on the weekend. That would keep things in your mind and you wouldn't be rusty.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Practice! Seriously. What if you spent 15 minutes writing code every day when you get home from work and more on the weekend. That would keep things in your mind and you wouldn't be rusty.



I completely agree with Jeanne.

I shifted to java from pl/sql by doing this.
 
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This is a slightly more general answer, not just to your specific situation.

Practice, practice, practice.

There are basically three types of questions in interviews:* data recall, problem solving, and stories.

Data recall is "what does the transient keyword do?" You know it or you don't. You prepare for this simply by learning throughout your career.

Problem solving includes questions like "how would you architect...", "what technologies would you use...", brain teasers, etc? You prepare for this also by learning problem solving skills and coding skills throughout your career. You can also try practice problems to get a sense of what they're like and to build up your confidence. (Tip: remember to always talk through your thinking, getting the right answer but now showing how you thought about it can be worse than getting the wrong answer but showing good clarity of thought and problem solving skills.)

Stories are the open ended questions, e.g. "tell me about yourself?" "what's your ideal job?" "what are you weaknesses?" You can find many of these questions in book or online. The way to prepare for this is to practice, practice, practice. Start with 2-3 questions and then add to your repertoire. Have a short answer (15-30 seconds) and a long answer (60-120 seconds). Practice your answers; I usually practice then in my head when in shower, when waiting for the subway, etc (whenever you have a few minutes to kill). Much like public speaking you just need to rehearse your answers over and over until they few comfortable; but also like public speaking you don't want to memorize it word for word or it will sound rehearsed.

Finally remember the airport test, an interviewer considers the question: if I was stuck at an airport for 6 hours with a co-worker which of these candidates would I want to be with? Preparation for this is easy to understand: be personable. You can't prepare for this, as Master Yoda teaches, "do or do not, there is no try."

Henry is right that you should do your research about a company, along with thinking about the job you want, and then ask questions to see if it is indeed what you want.

Vikram's answer is very astute. The best thing that ever happened to my interviewing skills was to give interviews. I try to make sure those who work for me always get to interview others since it really helps teach good interview skills (as well as serving to make sure the team gets the candidate they want).


--Mark


*This is an oversimplification but it's a good approximation.
 
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Hi,
I thank you all for taking out your time to read this post and contribute your valuable comments and advices. What i feel from all is that i need to memories and practice stuffs(again to memories) to fare well in the game. Cause even i had done the things i find it hard to recall if i had not gone through it before interview .

@Mark- Thanks for your patience for the detailed and informative post.

Once again thanks to all for sharing your experience
 
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Spend some time reflecting back on your past accomplishments. Brush up on the key topics based on the job specification.
 
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