Many domainers work on domains part time and still have a full time job. With the economy where it is and unemployment so high, I wanted to share a few points to help you land your next job if you’re in need of one. I often interview candidates at work and am a little surprised that many still do so poorly when it comes to the interview.
Many people think that interview is just about answering questions and answering them right, but it really is not the case. I didn’t really understand this concept until I was on the other side of the table taking the interview.
Here are some points to help you with the interview:
- Be Prepared – many would think this is about learning about the company and what they do. I guess that’s a little important, but what’s more important is that you be prepared to answer in depth questions about the position you’re going to fill in. Sometimes, this does mean that you have to go back and refresh your memory on different aspects of the job even if you think you know it all.
- What’s New – part of this goes back to #1, you have to constantly be on top of new technologies and platforms that relates to your field. You have to know what’s out there, you have to show the interviewer that you haven’t been sleeping. For Example, Don’t assume just because job listing didn’t mention anything about HTML 5 that they wouldn’t ask questions about it.
- Read The News Daily – that’s right, it doesn’t matter what field you’re in. You must read the news, at least news about your field. I read technology news on daily bases. I’ve discovered a lot of great stuff just by reading the news. Even if you’re unemployed, still read the news! You never know what will come up at the interview.
- Keep Learning – what is going on? People have stopped learning. Just because you have a job today and it only requires you to do one thing, it doesn’t mean it’ll be like that at your next job. And trust me, when you’re only doing one thing, the chances of you being let go one day are much higher. So Invest in yourself. I’m not talking about going back to school; we have this thing called “Internet” now. You can learn anything you want to learn. Invest time in yourself. Spend at least one day a week on learning new things in your field. If you’re a programmer, how about learning jQuery or MVC. And reading a book is not the answer here. I mean hands on, do a small project or have a hobby project to work on.
- Smile – don’t think it’s important? Think again. Unless, you’re applying for a CEO position, you should have a smile on your face. I’m not talking about looking like a retard, but have genuine smile on your face. Even if you think you’re the pro, know it all kind of guy, (this me, lol). Smile makes it easier to communicate and more relaxing.
- Politeness – please be polite. Sometimes, this goes a long way, yes say “Thank You” or even “Sir.” You really don’t want to leave impression of rudeness.
- Typing – this may be related to technology fields, but I think computers being where they are now, this should be a requirement for any position. Do you know that some programmers still can’t type? I mean what is going on? Take a typing class, it’s not hard, it just tells me you’re lazy. Just because you type fast with 2 fingers, doesn’t mean you can type. I mean really, this really gets me. I took my typing class in high school, it probably was the most useful class I’ve taken in high school. I don’t really recommend that you try to learn on your own on this one, just take a class at your local community college. It’s fun!
- What Have You Done? – yes, this is probably one of the most asked questions at the interviews. And yet, many are unprepared or simply don’t think before they talk. If you’re applying for a backend development position, don’t tell me that you haven’t been doing backend development for the past year. I’d say, really, seat down and write a complete essay on this point and memorize. What it is you’ve done, what projects you worked on? what was your role? Was the project successful? And so on. Again, don’t take 20 minutes to explain this, be short but to the point. And only talk about stuff that’s related to the position you’re applying for.
- Personality – guys, this is really important. Show a nice personality. Show us that you’re social, outgoing, easy to work with, hands on, can do attitude, quick learner. I know this is a tough one, most programmers are known to be anti-social but that’s not an excuse. Don’t be afraid to speak up, to show your nice side. Show that you care, you’re motivated and willing to do whatever it takes, willing to learn and most importantly, show us that you love what you do. I mean really, this is a lot but if you love what you do, this should be come naturally.
- Where do you see yourself after 5 years? Just kidding on this one lol, I absolutely hated this question and I’ve been asked this question a lot. I mean really? This point is for employers/interviewers, stop asking this dumb question. Granted, this is asked a lot in entry level positions, but still.
- Say You Don’t know – yes, sometimes it’s better to say you just don’t know but are willing to learn. Don’t try to take 10 min and talk some random crap trying to answer the question. That’s worse than saying you don’t know it.
- Know Your Stuff – it really comes down to this. All of the above points should still be fallowed, but still, you must know your stuff and know it well. Be confident, not just in yourself, but in your skills. And trust me you can’t fake this. You must have the skill set. Education is important but not as much as your knowledge and skills.
That’s it, I hope this will be helpful for your next interview.