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What Is a Technical Interview and How to Prepare

If you’re looking for a new engineering position, you probably already have the basics covered. Your resume is tightly written and edited, and highlights your best accomplishments. You’ve been working on translating technical jargon into plain language for your interview, and you probably have a portfolio website with links to your top projects. But did you know there will likely be an additional step in the hiring process? Here is what to know about the technical interview.

What to Expect From a Technical Interview

A technical interview is an opportunity for you to show off your engineering skills in a hands-on way. It could be as short as an hour or as long as an entire day. Expect a variety of challenges, from thought experiments to brainteasers to proficiency quizzes. Some things will likely be directly related to your skills, while others may seem somewhat tangential. But the goal is always the same. The interviewer is interested in seeing how you think and solve problems, as well as how you perform under pressure.

Preparation Tips

So how can you prepare for a technical interview? Here are a few tips.

  • Brush up on the main technical skills listed in the job description.
  • Study the company’s website, looking for details on the types of problems they typically address.
  • Create a list of potential questions and challenges based on your research and learn how to solve them.
  • Spend some time working on general brain teasers and logic problems.
  • Practice using a whiteboard and explaining your answers aloud, like you would during the technical interview.

A technical interview is nothing to fear. But it is different than other interviews you might have experienced, so it’s well worth taking some extra time to prepare.

About PEAK

PEAK Technical Consulting has created connections with employers nationwide, where you can find projects and roles to make the most of your abilities and advance your career. Since 1968, PEAK has helped engineering professionals find jobs that offer flexibility, challenges and rewards. We are committed to giving you the resources and support you need to build the career of your dreams.

If you are looking for employers and opportunities that will take your engineering career to the next level and help you to achieve your goals, contact a PEAK recruitment expert today.

 

 

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