My first real technical phone interview. Hmph, there’s a lot of things that I could say but I’ve come to realize that i am my own worst critic.
In my experience with mock interviews, I would beat myself up after an interview for not completing all of the challenges, or needing to work faster, or something else; there’s always something else to work on. I would rate myself harsh regarding my technical and non technical questions. But then I would receive the interviewers feedback and it wouldn’t be as bad as I thought.
However, in my experience of my real interview, I can’t stop thinking about how I could’ve done better and should’ve done better. I would have to say that my nerves got the best of me and although I’ve been beating myself up these past few hours, I definitely have some take aways from this experience.
First off, definitely have an easily accessible drink handy. My mouth got dry after talking through all of my thought process ,as well as babbling too much. But that wasn’t the only thing that got me, my hands were shaking as I was coding and I kept on making foolish mistakes 😢 on questions that I knew the answers to. In regards to being prepared, make sure that you’re in a comfortable setting (not a hot hallway in 80 plus degree weather).
My last tip is to review simple algorithms and data structures a few hours prior to the interview. But make sure to relax and calm your nerves before the interview. **Maybe next time I will try a few calming techniques, i.e. breathing I learned at yoga.
The best thing that I got from this interview was getting over my fear of interviewing. I was able to get through it and make it seem as though I knew what I was talking about (imposter syndrome kicking in here, but that’s another story). In addition, I now know what to look forward to and I know what I need to work on; I can definitely work on my whiteboard skills / collabedit skills and my personal pitch. I’ve been told that the first is the worst,but with practice comes experience, and with experience comes confident. Thus, my journey into the professional tech world has been set into motion.
Other than that, one thing I know that I did do well was send a thank you email to both of my interviewers. Regardless of whether or not I receive a call back, I will be better prepared next time.