You may feel confident going into an interview armed with your technical background and education but when it comes to tech jobs -- especially positions for engineers, developers and coders -- technical knowledge won\u2019t be enough to get you through the interview process.\n\u201cCompanies put candidates through rigorous technical interviews where they are asked difficult questions and asked to complete coding tasks. These interviews can be difficult to prepare for, especially for candidates who have never gone through a similar interview process before,\u201d says Tigran Sloyan, CEO of CodeFights.\nThese five tips will help you prepare for your next tech interview -- no matter what they throw at you.\n1. Practice real interview questions\nYour resume is what got you the interview, so the recruiter or hiring manager already knows your technical skills and what you\u2019ve accomplished, says Aytekin Tank, CEO of JotForm, an online form builder for small and large businesses.\nAnd, in some cases, you might be asked questions that have nothing to do with your job, so they can get a sense for how innovative you are or how well you can problem solve. \u00a0\n\u201cThe reality is, interview questions you face at most companies are very far away from your day job so make sure to do some research and practice using real questions that appear on interviews,\u201d says Sloyan.\nYour interviewer will also look to see how well you communicate and how clearly you can explain different concepts. Some employers, like Tank, might even ask you about something you\u2019re passionate about outside of your job. Your hobbies and interest, and your excitement for them, can say a lot about who you are, and how well you\u2019ll fit into the company.\n\u201cIt doesn\u2019t matter if you have incredible skills if you can\u2019t work alongside your co-workers. The ability to communicate and work with others is just as important, if not more so. I always ask myself, \u2018Can I work next to this person all day?\u2019 If I\u2019ve narrowed the candidate pool down to two finalists, and they\u2019re equal when it comes to skills, I\u2019ll always pick [the one I can work with] in a heartbeat,\u201d says Tank.\n[ Related story: How to overcome 5 common resume mistakes ]\n2. Ask your own questions\nRemember that this is also your chance to interview the company and to ask questions that show you\u2019re engaged and curious about the company and job. In fact, they might ask you purposefully vague questions to see if they can prompt you into asking the \u2018right questions\u2019,\u201d says Sloyan.\n\u201cSome engineers think that asking questions is a sign of poor skill or lack of understanding. In reality, it\u2019s the opposite,\u201d he says.\nAsking the right questions doesn\u2019t make you look clueless, it can help demonstrate your depth of knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It shows you\u2019re \u201ccapable of thinking beyond the problem\u201d and that you will \u201cnaturally take initiative,\u201d says Tank.\n3. Do your research\nWebsites like Glassdoor can deliver insight into the interview process and some candidates even share questions they were asked. It\u2019s a great way to get a feel for the process, including how many people you\u2019ll meet with and how many of those people need to give you a \u201cyes\u201d before you\u2019re hired.\n\u201cKnowing what you are dealing with and what the thinking process is behind the scenes will drastically improve your chances,\u201d says Sloyan.\nYou might even be caught off guard by the interview style, says Tank. At his company, he sometimes likes to take candidates on a walking interview. \u201cIt\u2019s much more relaxing and puts the candidate at ease.\u201d\nIf you\u2019re comfortable with a hiring manager or recruiter, you can always ask ahead of time what to expect, says Tank. Being prepared is an important aspect in your career, so that should extend to the interview process as well.\n[ Related story: 5 ways to recruit more women in 2017 ]\n4. Spread your reach\nInstead of focusing on a few companies you think you want to work for, apply to as many positions you can. Even if you don\u2019t think you want the job, it\u2019s good to get a feel of how different companies operate, so you know exactly what to look for in the company you choose. And the interviews are also great practice, says Sloyan.\nAnd if all the interviews do result in multiple job offers, it will only help you in the long run, he says. With multiple offers, you\u2019ll have more leverage in the negotiations process to get the salary and benefits you want.\n5. Be prepared for negative \nYou shouldn\u2019t go into an interview thinking you won\u2019t land a job, but you should always accept that it\u2019s a possibility you won\u2019t get the job. Despite how unbiased a potential employer might try to be, \u201chuman beings tend to be quite subjective,\u201d says Sloyan.\nThe point isn\u2019t to constantly expect the worst, but to be mentally prepared if things don\u2019t go the way you\u2019d like. That way, you won\u2019t get discouraged if you feel the interview went well, but the job goes to someone else.\n\u201cYou have to set your expectations right upfront so you don\u2019t set yourself up to be disappointed,\u201d he says.\nBut avoid acting different in an interview, just to land the job -- you should always be professional, but let your personality show. It\u2019s better to find out you aren\u2019t a great fit for the company before you sign the contract, says Tank.\n\u201cBeyond the technical requirements, candidates should just be themselves, because sooner or later, if I hire this person, I\u2019m going to discover who this person really is. I\u2019d rather know if I can work with this person now, rather than finding out,\u201d he says.