Interviewing Any interview tips
Is it appropriate to request internal interview tips?
Of course it is appropriate. Some companies even give you documents to prepare for their interviews because they want to interview the candidates who are best prepared.
You should ask for information about the process or how best to prepare for the interview. Things you might want to learn:
- Number of interviewers
- Materials available (open internet, whiteboard, IDE ...)
- Length of each interview
- Types of technical questions (coding, architecture, business)
- covered technical topics (sorting, searching, on and on)
Things you don't want to learn:
- "Should I be on time or try to be early?"
- "Do you have any tips?"
- "Are we going to talk about the salary today?"
- "Will there be soft HR-type questions?" (Every conversation is one; don't imply that you need index cards to talk about your greatest weakness.)
- "How should I dress?" (If you've never been to the company, maybe fine.)
It is nonsense to say that this is unfair. (Reminder: Nothing in life is fair.) you should not instruct them what is fair and what is not. Aside from race, gender, and a few other things, the hiring manager is the sole decider of fairness and will tell you what he thinks is appropriate. You shouldn't worry about what you're going to learn and the other temperature won't. This is also a good time to remember that jobs are being won on the network. As an engineer in particular, it is better not to see this sooner than later as inappropriate with a proper job landing.
You and your interviewer have a mutual interest in giving the best possible interview. This should be your framework when asking these questions. For example, if you ask for "tips" it just means, "So are there any mistakes in your interview and how do I go around them?" This is something you will ask someone else who has had to deal with their snobbish, gnarled interviewer. not the interviewer himself.
If I were in your position and assumed that I was confident about my professional prospects, I would freely discuss the interview with the other temp. First, it increases both of your chances of getting a job in the first place. Second, it's just good business. It is a stronger connection that you will have in the future, and better to build a strong connection and miss certain opportunities (decide if this is one) than a dubious one.
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