Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes 0 165

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes

Here’s a list of interview blunders that tech guys often make—and how you can avoid them.

You’ve graduated from a reputable college with a tech degree and top grades, so you think to get a tech job’s a cinch, right? You couldn’t be more wrong, especially if you have to first go through an interview. Regardless of your tech skills, your interview may be the hurdle that keeps you from getting your dream job.

Plenty of otherwise capable tech graduates fails at the interview portion of the job hunt. To keep you from making the same mistakes, be aware of the following common errors that too many tech job seekers commit:

  1. You’re not dressed right

The era of techs dressing like slobs is over, and that’s an especially egregious mistake on an interview. You don’t even have the job yet! Maybe when you’ve attained some seniority in the company you may be given some leeway, but not when you’re still applying for a job.

It’s also not enough that you got a nice polo shirt on, especially when you also have tattered jeans and “classic” Air Jordan sneakers. Seriously, it doesn’t portray you as a serious worker on whom a company is supposed to invest their time and money. When in doubt, dress conservatively. Try on a suit for a change, shave or trim that beard nicely, and for goodness’ sake comb your hair!

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You’re too casual in your tone and mannerisms

You’re not out with friends. Instead, you’re interacting with a person who has a say on whether or not you get a job with them at the end of it all. They have power over you, so it’s right if you’re a bit formal during the interview. You have to be courteous.

If you’re too casual, then it may seem as if you’re not really serious about getting the job. That’s not the kind of worker that companies are eager to hire.

  1. You focus too much on your tech skills

It’s understandable if you like to talk about your range of technical skills. After all, that’s what you trained for and you’re more comfortable talking about what you actually know. You may want to emphasize your various certifications and other credentials.

Yet on interviews, your goal is to present yourself as more than a walking set of tech skills. You still have to prove that you’re a good fit for a company and their team of current tech workers. So you also have to present a positive character and not simply highlight your tech skills.

  1. You come off as arrogant

The ability to work as part of a team is a crucial requirement for many companies. You’ll fail to do just that if you somehow mistake your arrogance as self-confidence. If the interviewer thinks you’re arrogant, then they may also conclude that you’re not much of a team player at all.

So how do you know the difference? Basically, it’s all about the underlying attitude. A confident person knows what they can do and how good they are. An arrogant person, on the other hand, feels like they’re better than everyone else.

  1. You give curt short answers to questions

In a job interview, there’s really no such thing as a plain yes or no question. You answer “yes” or “no”, and then you have to elaborate on that answer. This type of question is like an opening salvo for a conversation, and you need to look at this as a chance to demonstrate your potential value to a team.

If you can’t communicate properly, then you’re a liability.

  1. You don’t know enough about the company doing the hiring

There’s simply no good excuse for you not to do any sort of research on a prospective employer. At the very least, check out their websites and see if there have been any articles written about the company. See if you know anyone working there and asks them some questions.

Your research should also cover the industry of which the company is a part, and you should do some studying about the company’s competitors as well. If you’re not motivated enough to study up on the company, it’s as if you don’t really care about them at all.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You don’t ask questions

At the end of the interview, the interviewer may ask you if you have questions for them. This is your chance to find things out about the company that you didn’t uncover during your own research. It also shows your interest in the company and the industry they’re a part of.

So when they say, “Do you have any questions?” you don’t say “No”. In fact, before the interview, you may want to prepare some questions about the company in advance.

  1. You ask about perks

While it’s understandable if part of you is asking the “What’s in it for me?” question, you still need to refrain from discussing the subject during the interview portion of the job hunt. Instead, you have to push that back after they’ve made you a job offer. So don’t go into the details regarding your benefits. Companies prefer workers who put the job and company first (or at least seem to). A “me-first” attitude is a turn-off.

Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
Top 10 Tech Interview Mistakes
  1. You treat the interview like a therapy session

When you’re on a first date, you don’t spend too much time griping about your exes and your woeful romantic situation. The same goes for a job interview. Just because the interviewer seems friendly doesn’t mean you can go on and on about your previous work problems and current job hunt tragedies.

  1. You let the interview peter out

A successful interview doesn’t fade out like some sort of awkward conversation. At the end of it, you have to close properly. You have to end it by showing them how much you’d like to be part of the company. You can also ask questions about the next stage of the job hunt process. You have to present yourself as an asset that the company should use.

So remember, getting a tech job isn’t all about having the right skills. It’s also about being able to communicate and having the right attitude. If you can keep that in mind, then your job interviews should go more smoothly!

Here’s another good read – How to identify certain warning signs of a toxic culture before accepting a job

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How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours 0 173

How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours

The modern worker is no stranger to working after hours. While your job offer did not explicitly say that you would be working a few hours after 5 pm, you might be needed to work extra hours because of deadlines and changes in schedule. In fact, it’s even a norm now. Not a lot of people can escape from this trend. And if you were asked to work extra hours, then you might as well enjoy it right?

Picture this. It’s finally time to go home, but then your boss calls you about a project that you need to finish ASAP. It’s a bummer, however, it’s a situation that we are powerless to stop. Working overtime doesn’t mean working uncomfortably though. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your late night a bit more pleasant.

Go Home if You Can

If you’re able to bring your documents or project files home, then, by all means, do it. A lot of work doesn’t mean that you will have to stay and do it all at once inside the office. A change of scenery and of ambiance will dramatically boost your productivity. Staying in the same place for a long period of time will bore you and it will eventually wear you down.

Your work will feel less of a burden as you find yourself in the comfort of your own home. Relax and leave your professional persona without having to worry about anyone looking over your shoulder, have some dinner or snacks, dress up comfortably and finish up what you need to do.

How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours
How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours

Get Comfortable

If your office comes equipped with lockers or if you have your own permanent workstation, then it would be a good idea to change into a set of comfortable clothes. It’s extremely useful for times that you need to burn that midnight oil.

Being in the office after hours means that there are fewer people to see what you’re doing. This also means that there are no supervisors to tell you what to do. It’s time to loosen your tie and make yourself at home. You can even take off your shoes and put your feet on the desk.

Take a Break and Eat Something

Can’t leave the office and go back home for a good meal? Give yourself a break and look for ways to eat out or eat in (whatever you prefer). There’s no use in working on an empty stomach. See if you can get food delivered to your building, or if there is anything in the office pantry that you can munch on.

How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours
How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours

Feeling a little drowsy? Go get a cup of coffee to improve your condition.

If dinner is out of the picture, remember that you can snack on other things until you get home. Get some nuts, or some candy, to help wake you up and keep your focus.

Know Your Limits

Working after hours is challenging as it is, but if you feel like you won’t be able to do anything productive, then learn to stop and call it a day.

If you’re tired and worn out, then stop. You’re just putting your work to waste. You’ll probably be called out on it and you’ll have to do your work all over again. If staying up late is not your forte, why not just call it a day? Wake up earlier the next day and finish everything you haven’t. Your work will produce better results this way.

Start With the Most Urgent and Most Challenging Things

After getting your game face on, organize and execute your tasks based on priority and difficulty. Confirm which ones you will need to present tomorrow morning and which ones you need to do right away.

The next thing that you have to do is to start on the tasks that require your full brainpower to execute. You may not be able to finish the whole task tonight, but having a head start will help you finish things easier. A solid foundation is a key to finishing any task without difficulty.

How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours
How to Actually Enjoy Working After Hours

Plan Before You Get Started

Starting without a plan is like going on a trip without a map or a navigation app. failing to plan is planning to fail you know.

You’ll soon find yourself getting lost in a sea of things to do. Make a list of things that you need to do before setting out to finish them.

You may discover things that you won’t be able to do without a co-worker’s cooperation. Before business hours end, remember to make a list of things you need from other people so that you can do your work effectively. This will ensure a smooth sailing operation for both you and your colleague.

Set Yourself Up for the Next Day

Tonight isn’t the only night you’ll be working in the office. Remember that you need to come back the next day to start on your other tasks (or tasks that you didn’t finish tonight). Make a list of everything you need to have.

If you did your extra work at home, then spend time preparing for the things that you the next day.

Treat Yourself

All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy. Are you finally done with your tasks? Are you ready to go home? Awesome!

Your efforts to finish the task deserve a reward. No matter how small the reward, you’ll still get a good confidence boost. Take some time to treat yourself.

Let your mind and body unwind with a good bath, indulge in a snack, or if you feel too tired to do anything, then go to sleep. Sleep is the best reward that you can give your body.


Working late to accomplish tasks isn’t an easy or fun thing to do, but it’ll be a little bit more bearable if you know how to handle it effectively. Hopefully, late night jobs don’t happen to you frequently. Remember to take care of yourself and recognize when enough is enough.

You can do it!

5 Everyday Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity 0 152

5 Everyday Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity

Nothing beats a day where you come out of work feeling like you did a lot of things. However, we can’t deny that there have been times when we don’t feel as productive, leaving us feeling disappointed and perhaps even in a bad mood.

Wouldn’t it be great to end the day feeling happy and content with what you’ve achieved in the last 8-10 hours? Here is a list of tips that can help you do exactly that.

  1. Be Consistent

As the old saying goes, “consistency is key”. You may find yourself switching from one task to another after a few minutes of concentrating on only one. You may think this is something normal. You may even think that a lot of people do this on their daily work process.

Well, you’re right!

However, this is something that hinders you from doing more. Jessica Harris from Trello explains that switching from one task to another can temporarily lower your IQ by up to 15 points.

Eliminating multitasking from your work routine is something that can’t be easily achieved. But, avoiding distraction and concentrating on one thing at a time ups your productivity by a whole lot.

You need to create rules for yourself. You need to plan ahead and make a work schedule. Remember, consistency is key.

5 Everyday Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity
5 Everyday Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity
  1. Write a Gratitude Journal

A study conducted by UCLA proved that people who jot down events they were grateful for are actually more optimistic in contrast to people who do not practice keeping a gratitude journal. These people tend to visit the doctor’s office less frequently. And these people tend to be at work more often than those who don’t.

Gratitude journals are a popular way to get you pumped up for the next day. Write what you are thankful for today. Put it in a note and watch yourself become more positive and more productive.

If you’re not a writing person, then you can still benefit from this. There are apps out there that you can use an alternative.

You don’t have to write grand and important things. It can be as simple as finding a stray bill in the pocket of your jeans on the way to work. It can as simple as talking to that beautiful barista that you see every day. Anything that brightens up your day can be an entry.

5 Everyday Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity
5 Everyday Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity
  1. Use the “If/When-Then” Method

Highlighted in a book called “Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini”. The “If/When-Then” method has been proven to improve people’s chances of meeting their goals.

The first thing that you need to do is to pick a cue, then you need to put a desirable action that you can link to that cue. For example, If/when you finish a task earlier than the time you had allotted for it, then you can take a break and eat your favorite chocolate bar. This simple method will help you in a grand way.

Try finding some situations that you can use to apply the “If/When-Then” method.

Using this method can help you be more productive in the day to day grind. Decision-making will be easier for you as well because you’ve already figured out the right thing to do. This saves you from wasting time and prevents you from being unsure of yourself.

  1. Set Aside Time for Exercise

Fitting exercise into your busy schedule is hard, but you should still try to do it. Exercise brings lots of benefits. And even a few minutes of it can help you be more productive.

While you might think that you would need an expensive gym membership or to spend lots of time running laps, there are options for busybodies like you to only spend minutes and still get benefits out of your workout. The 7-Minute workout routine is an example. You can do it anywhere and it actually gives you results.

Alternatively, you can go on a short walk while on a break to help reduce stress. Quick strolls will help you get your focus back by letting your brain rest for a few minutes. Once you get back to work, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on more challenges.

There are many options on how to insert a simple workout routine to your everyday office life. You can still do this even if you aren’t a gym person. You can even use your office chair to conduct simple stretches to ease back or shoulder pain. Give your joints a tiny reward for their hard work and they will reward you back by making you more productive.

5 Everyday Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity
5 Everyday Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity
  1. Create a Shutdown Ritual

Like you, our office computers and gadgets also need to rest after a long day of being used. So if a tireless machine needs time to rest, then what does that say about you?

Having a shutdown ritual is where you take time to finish up on your day’s work and prepare yourself for the next day. Eric Barker, a celebrated author, has found out through research that even the simplest act of writing down what you need to do for the next day can help your brain settle down and get ready to end the day. Letting your mind unwind before leaving the office makes you less anxious and helps you enjoy your evening more.

A tip for creating a shutdown ritual is by listing exactly three specific things that you will need to do the next day. Research has also shown that having a clean desk helps you concentrate more on tasks, so don’t forget to clean up before leaving.


Aside from these tips and tricks, it’s also very important to take a moment and reflect on your life. You need to define what success means to you. Having a clear vision of what success looks like will help you stop yourself from burning out.

Remember that these steps are only a guide for you to achieve your goals. In the end, you are the creator of your own destiny. Never forget that the most important thing is prioritizing “YOU”. Follows these tips and tricks and you’ll be set on your way to real and lasting success.

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