How looks process of finding job as software developer part 10: FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW

WARNINGS:

This is a NOT a professional advice.It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes.Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring. 

 

FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW

This is always a most important partThis is a time, where you can sell yourself and prove your value.

 

Do research about the company and read the latest news. If you are using good recruiters then they will give you information about the company and latest news.

 

Gather information about interviewers from LinkedIn and use this information in the interview.
Let’s start with the most important part. BE ON TIME.  Only valid excuses are some sort of Armageddon or 1 nanometer of snow that caused havoc in public transport in London.

 

Face to face interview has many forms. It is conversation stage, there is one important rule. Give the right type of answer to a person, who do the interview with you is :

 

  • Questions by the developer are technical and your answer should be .. technical as well. Some developers like to ask a tricky question, so make sure that you read articles about common tricky questions. If you struggle with question try to have fun, ask for clarification and be creative. If you don’t know because you never did multi-threading then .. just say it and trying to do an educated guess.
  • Questions by a business analyst, product owner or in general a non-technical people will ask about your skills to deliver a solution and explain them in an understandable way for a normal human. If you never had contact with this kind of person, I suggest practising a little bit. ( I failed badly in one interview with the business analyst as I wasn’t aware of ‘slang’ required to explain some stuff (for example what are trade-offs between specific template engines. I talk using technical terms but he was more interested about how this will speed up the process and so on). 

Questions can be about experience with technologies and methodologies you mentioned in the CV and are used in the company you are applying for. When you give answers then try to give some examples how you use it and what is your real experience. Do NOT claim you are expert. Some of the questions are about to check your knowledge about language and technology and how did you use it in previous companies.

One of the stages is usually to do some code exercise. Simplify version of offline task or extension to the task you did. Rules from the chapter about tasks apply here too. It may be done in pseudo pair programming style. You write code with some guy who gave you more tasks. Speak what are you planning to do and why. Engage your pair in conversation about the solution.

So there are a few pieces of advice I have for you:

  • Read the question carefully and with understanding. If you don’t understand or you are not sure.ALWAYS ASK FOR CLARIFICATION.
  • Take a breath, Think about question,’design’ answer and then do it.
  • Smile and treat this as a conversation with business partner.
  • Never give up and fight to the end. Answer as best as you can and if you are not sure .. write this down anyway (and explain why you are not sure). Do not know the answer? Say what you don’t understand and say out loud what you think you will try in this situation.
  • Always try teamwork approach.
  • Link your answer with your experience from work, assignments and etc.
  • When you provide a solution to your problem/task explain advantages and disadvantages.

Another thing that is worth mention. If you have a chance, try to ask them about various things to figure out, is company offer you a job that meets your requirements and it will make you happy to work there. If you care about the company you surprise them with ask questions like How your company is doing despite global crisis (good question in 2009)? How your company is prepared to deal with Brexit?

If you still working and your interview is in the different city, then I have a few tips:

  1. Be on time!
  2. Try to have max 1 interviews per day (max 2), but have a plenty time between them as my one of my 45 minutes interview took 140 minutes|
  3. If face to face interview is the first contact with the company. I suggest having small chat before (phone screening) to make sure that this company is what you looking for and they think that you sound like a right person.
  4. Buy Powerpack to your mobile as you will discover how quickly a battery can disappear on that day!
  5. Do not think too much before Interview.

CONCLUSIONS

  • Be on time!
  • Be relaxed but don’t drugs or alcohol.  It is not a good idea to look like you have epilepsy. I understand your excitement and determination but treat this interview as chat with your colleague at the official meeting, not like a teenage girl who saw Justin Binliner, Bieder or whatever his surname is.
  • THINK, before you answer! After a question, think about the question and then answer.
  • Have answers ready for the common questions.  Always remember these question and try to prepare an answer for them so it will make future interviews go smoothly.(You will quickly collect a set of common questions). For example: What you will do if you won big money in the lottery?

Groov-e 3600mAh Portable Solar Charger Pack review

If you do not bother to read the whole article, then this is a main take away points:

GOOD

  1. It is designed in the UK.
  2. You can buy pre-charged at the airport.
  3. When its charge in 2A mode then it charges quite quickly.
  4. Solar panel idea.
BAD

  1. ‘Intelligent’ charger works randomly.
  2. Too expensive for what it offers.
  3.  The solar charging is useless in practice.
  4. It does not contain information about capacity on the charger so u will struggle to go through security check on the airport. (for example in China).
  Summary. If u want to waste your money on a toy that imitates power bank then … I hope u enjoy this product. If looking for small power bank to charge your devices via USB then it is a bad choice.

STORY

I needed small power bank to be able to charge my Phone for a long-haul flight. I didn’t  have time to buy it online so I bought precharged Groov-e 3600mAh Portable Solar Charger. My hope was that I may be able to buy it cheaper but at least I bought a good quality product.

MY EXPECTATION

It should be light and be able to charge devices quickly. That’s all.

MY DAILY EXPERIENCE

  • I was happy that you can use it out of the box as it is pre-charged.
  • It claims it has 3600mAh but I struggle to charge more than 95% on HTC Butterfly S which has 3200mAh.
  • Charging power pack was always quick. Charging devices with this power pack is a very random experience.
  • The solar panel works only one time .. bearly.

‘Intelligent’ charging.

It supposes to detect can you charge with 1A or 2A. In reality, it works …. sometimes. Nexus 9 was charged 1A or 2A depends on the day. On my HTC butterfly S it was always 1A and it took ages sometimes to charge. Samsung Galaxy 4 was charged with 1A Huawei MediaPad M3  was 2A (most of the times). When it charging at 2A rate then it charges quite quickly but it often switches back to 1A.

Solar charging.

This feature worked once but it took 2 days but It does not work indoors or outdoors anymore. They claimed it will charge in 25 hours after around 15 hours of charging outdoors and 40  hours indoors it still didn’t charge even 25%!

The idea itself sounds great. If you could charge 3000mAh for 8 hours it will be a useful feature but at the moment it is not and it doesn’t really work.

SUMMARY

It works but I feel disappointed when I was using on daily basis. Groov-e describes this as Portable Solar Charger but it isn’t.  It looks like classic branded  ‘white label’ product from China but sadly not too good one. In my humble opinion if you want to waste your money on a toy that imitates power bank then … I hope u enjoy this product. If looking for small power bank to charge your devices via USB then it is a bad choice.

Company website: http://www.groov-e.co.uk/about-us