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Five interview questions and tasks Developers should prepare for

Andrew Clark

You've got the talent and the experience, now the ideal opportunity has come up. We've put together some advice on how to make the most of the opportunity, impress the interviewer and give yourself the best odds of getting the job by nailing the five of the most common interview questions for a Developer role.

Do you work best alone or in a team?

Nearly every Developer role will involve both, this doesn't mean you have to choose a side and give them reservations about your teamwork or independence. It's fine if you have a preference, use this as an opportunity to show your understanding of the role. Talk about how you like to collaborate in the early concept stages of a task and it's great to get the feedback from multiple people. Then, once you're on track you like to put your head down and get on with the task.

Describe the project you've worked on that you're most proud of. What did you do that worked out particularly well?

Ensure the example you give demonstrates the role you played and its importance in the bigger picture. Talk about all the different processes and how you approached them better than other projects you've worked on. The interviewer wants to know what you value in a project, how much you know and what you think about during the development process.

Why do you want to work at this company?

Focus on how you can see yourself growing at this new company. This is when you need to do your research, talk about the products and releases from the company, what you like about, possibly what you think you can add to projects like these. The recruiter might not believe you if you say it's your dream job, but you can talk about your real aspirations and line them up with the role. This way the recruiter can see you're driven in this career field, eager to learn and impress while also seeing that you're authentic and not just telling them what they want to hear.

Which programming languages do you work in?

Be sure to explain the depth that you understand each language. Maybe categorise them, 'I've worked extensively in X, I have some experience and I'm familiar with Y and I'm learning Z in my own time. If you list off every language you've worked with, the recruiter might ask a detailed question on one of your weaker languages or maybe won't appreciate your strengths.

Aptitude Test

This is a difficult one to prepare for, hopefully the recruiter will have given you notice about an Aptitude Programming Test, they're fairly common practice, so expect one even if it hasn't been mentioned. The key to these are working through your thought process with the person conducting the interview. Ideally, they'll be looking to make sure that you're approaching the problem in the right way and that you're using the right logic.

Good luck with the search, our vacancies page is a great place to start!

Read our related blog: How to champion your interview

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