The Technical interview is a given if you are interviewing for a technical position. It won’t usually get you the job but it will definitely get you eliminated if you don’t demonstrate the level of knowledge that the interviewer knows is necessary for the position. However, the technical interview may also happen to check out your professional acumen in any career field.
All professions have aspects that can be considered “technical” – particularly if there is a certification in the field. These certifications abound in many professions – in information technology (MSCE, CME, A+, etc.) in project management (PMP) and even in areas like public relations (APR) and human resources (SPHR). Any of these fields could possibly require a technical interview. If you have these skills on your resume, be prepared to answer questions and possibly even take a test. And,don’t forget that any publications, society memberships, or conference participation can be to your advantage. We have many more Job Interview Articles Now Available.
Key aspects of any technical interview include a demonstration of your technical knowledge (software, law, policy, best practices, etc.), your thought processes (logic, reasoning), and your ability to innovate (problem-solving skills). Technical interview questions may not have “correct” answers. Some questions can be brainteasers or riddles. These are often intended to show how you’ll perform when given a challenge. Frequently the interviewer is more interested in the way you logically arrive at your result than in the answer itself.
The interviewer is probably also looking at how honest you are and whether you are able to say that you don’t know an answer if you don’t. Of course, if you also add how you would go about finding the information, that may be more important than the information itself.
Probably the interviewer will be a technical specialist, not usually the decision maker. However, this person frequently has veto power. This type of interview is common in individual contributor positions and much less frequent in management areas. The best way to prepare for the technical interview is to review your area of technical expertise and make sure you are on top of the newest developments. Background research on the organization’s goals and directions can be invaluable. Find their web site and read about the products and services, the management, and don’t forget the current openings.
In all interviews, it is important to remember that you don’t have to be correct to be right, the bottom line is chemistry. If they like you they will overlook all sorts of deficits but if they don’t you could walk on water and they wouldn’t care. We have many more Job Interview Articles Now Available.