Having seen the technical interview process from both ends (as an interviewer and an interviewee), I’m interested in conducting a story-telling style presentation centered on preparing for software engineering interviews. More specifically, focusing on things we take for granted and the little things we could do to help us stand apart from other candidates. I’m incredibly passionate about this topic because my most recent job hunt helped me realize how challenging this whole process can be, even more so because there are so many aspects to it that we should discuss more. The focus is always on perfecting your knowledge of data structures and algorithms and rarely on the little things that help you stand out as a candidate. After all, there can be multiple people who’re going to solve a given problem, but only a couple who’ll have offers extended to them. So what are these candidates doing differently? How is their approach to this process unique compared to all others? That is what I want to explore with this workshop.
- Outline what the technical interview process looks like end to end, specifically for attendees new to the process.
- Distinguish the factors that result in a ‘hire’ vs. ‘no hire’ decision, especially for attendees who feel frustrated with their lack of success in technical interviews despite seemingly doing everything correctly.
- Exemplify the importance of negotiating your salary, especially as a woman in tech!