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What do I need to know for a Software Developer interview?

We’ve covered the different types of interviews in our previous blog. This week, we delve into more detail on what it is that you will need to know for a software developer interview.

The first skill you will need is a code problem-solving skills. Take your time to master this skill and gain a good working knowledge of data structures as, despite not all interviews requiring you to solve algorithm type coding problems, all the most important ones will. To tackle this The simple programmer recommends Gayle Laakmann McDowell’s book, Cracking the Coding Interview. You can also refer to a blog post written by the Simple Programmer on how to crack the coding interview. If on the other hand, you are a visual learner you can watch online videos which give you a step by step guide to how algorithm-type problems are solved.

Know your stuff:

Make sure you know your programming language. You should be able to easily answer every question in the results from googling your technology choice and interview questions. If you can’t, its time to brush up on your knowledge. If you’re interviewing for an object-oriented programming language, you need to know what encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, data abstraction, interfaces, and abstract base classes are at the very least.

Personality questions:

Here are some common personality and psychological questions you will be asked at most interviews:

  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • How did you handle conflict or challenges in your previous role?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Tell us a little bit about yourself?
  • Why are you leaving your current job?

Find plenty of advice on how to answer these online. Try to be as genuine as possible and be as positive as you can in your answers, and always accept accountability. If you do have a weakness, always show growth.

Greenfield IT Recruitment has prepared hundreds of software developers for a number of interviews over the years, get in touch with our friendly team for some impartial advice.

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