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Interviewing: Technical

"That Didn't Go So Well." How to Avoid or Recover from Awkward Job Search Moments

We have all had at least one—an awkward job search moment that makes you panic even more than you already were.  While I maintain that preparation is key to success, I also understand that sometimes we cannot anticipate situations. And other times (let’s be honest) we just weren’t prepared. Here are a few job search concerns I’ve heard from students and ways to recover or respond.

You can’t think of a response to the behavioral interview question:

First of all, brief silence is OK. If you take a moment to gather your thoughts, you will likely be able to come up with a response. What happens if you can’t? Stay calm, cool, and collected. Let the interviewer know that you are unable to think of a response at the moment and ask if you can come back to the question.

“That’s a great question. I know I have an example … 

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A Student's View--Preparing for a Successful Job Search

This week, ECS is featuring Skyler Reimer, a Computer Science and Engineering student graduating in May 2019. In today's blog, he breaks down his tips for success in obtaining an internship at JM Smucker Company as a Solution Development Intern this coming summer. Skyler has had a lot of experience preparing for interviews and in particular, technical interviews. Learn more about Skyler’s preparation for his job search and interviews below.  Some of the advice is specific to those interested in the computer science field, but there are broader job search tips for other types of engineering students as well.

I changed majors last fall and was completely lacking in anything related to computer science for my resume. I was looking at spending an extra year in college, so I wanted to take advantage of the time between semesters. Most freshman and sophomore students are in the same boat I was … 

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Technical interviewing: from an engineering student’s perspective

Technical Interviewing: from an Engineering Student’s Perspective

The technical interview can be a scary hurdle between you and the dream job you’ve always wanted! In order to set yourself up for success, you need to study and know what to expect during the entire interview process. Below you’ll find two OSU engineering students who shared their technical interviewing experience during the internship/job search.

David Finn is graduating in May 2015 with a B.S. in ECE. He recently accepted an offer with Amazon as a Software Development Engineer.

Ria Sugembong graduated in December 2014 with a B.S. in CSE. She is currently working as an Application Developer for JPMorgan Chase.

Based on your experience, at what stage of the interview process did companies conduct technical interviews?

David: I had very different experiences with different companies. With the bigger more technically oriented companies (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Epic), they would often start … 

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Don't be discouraged, technical interviewers expect you to fail

Today's blog post is written by Ohio State alum, Nathan Stuller, who has a degree in Computer & Information Science. He's currently a programming consultant living in Cincinnati who primarily focuses on Microsoft technology. He has over nine years of experience developing, designing, and supporting enterprise software systems has come from a variety of roles, including Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble and Charter Communications as well as software start-ups. Nathan will be providing tips on how to keep your cool during a technical interview...

Do not strive to “ace” a technical interview. To try to do so would be flawed thinking because:

 


  • Trying to be perfect is stressful

  • It is not necessary to get the job

  • The interviewer is trying to stump you


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Consider this, interviewers challenge many candidates and have a great deal of experience evaluating responses. They are trained to increase … 

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Surviving and Thriving in Technical Interviews

Engineering Career Services is excited to present guest writer, Gabe Brown, who is a System Center Configuration Manager at Microsoft...

Technical interviews are the cornerstone for most employers to evaluate candidates in just about any field of engineering. These interviews test your technical knowledge in a short period of time to ascertain your current potential and ensure that your resume matches your abilities. However, walking in and demonstrating your knowledge isn’t as straightforward as most engineers think.

"Tell me why doubly linked lists are useful?" "What are the advantages of LIFO versus FIFO?" "How would you build an application to store the contents of a major library in digital format?" If a candidate is not prepared, it can be easy for them to stumble over these questions or go down a rabbit hole of details that the interview doesn’t care about. By using a structured method for answering questions, candidates … 

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