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October 17, 2012 6:15 AM Subscribe
I have an interview for my dream job next week, help me not screw this up.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm getting flown out for an interview at my "dream job" in a few days. Getting this job will allow me to move somewhere I want to live, work in an industry I want to work in, and start my career. So naturally this is incredibly important.
My mindset going into any job interview, in order to take off the pressure, is that "I don't need this job" and indeed, I don't. I already gainfully employed and the pay is pretty good. But the stakes are higher here.
The interview itself is at a software company, I'll be meeting with at least 5 people, and the interview is expected to take 3 hours. I'm not quite sure I have that kind of stamina. I've read through "programming interviews exposed" a few times and I've done programming interviews before, but never with that kind of length.
My biggest fear is that there will be a bunch of trivia questions about the programming language used, or that they'll ask me to crank out some code on the spot (although I regularly crank out code just for fun). I've heard of instances (at other companies) where they'll bring in a senior programmer to basically pepper me with questions to find my "breaking point", which seems silly to me. I dread having to say "I don't know"
Nearly every conversation I have about the industry I'm in gets me kind of excited, so I'll talk about problems I'll have and how I solve them (or not), or other things that interest me. If the interview were basically a series of these, I'd probably get the job.
I'd like to just treat this as a visit, rather than an explicit examination. Is it the impression that counts more than just knowledge?
To prepare, I'm going to study the more of the intricacies of the programming language I use, along with some other CS stuff I need a refresher on, but what else could I do to prepare?