How to prepare for (and ace) the technical interview

Technical interviews are stressful and they can make or break your chances for landing a new job. Here’s how to prepare yourself for success, even if you’re a self-taught programmer.

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Have a strong closing

Many interviews end awkwardly, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Use the last few minutes to ask questions about the company, the culture, projects and initiatives the company’s involved with, and especially to let the interviewer know why you’re the right person for the job. If there are specific aspects about your work history, skills or experience that weren’t covered — or that you want to reiterate — this is the time to emphasize those. After the meeting, jot down any notes, thoughts or feedback you have while the memories are still fresh. You should also write down the interviewers' names, roles and any other relevant information.

Follow up and send a thank-you note

As with any interview, you want the interviewer to remember you for the right reasons. Make sure to send a thank-you note using the interviewers’ names, recalling some of the high points of the interview and expressing why you’re the right fit.

Now, sit back, relax, and wait for that job offer!

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