Interview Tips for Software Developers

How to Get Your Development Job

Interview Tips


We created DevJobsCanada to give developers a place to easily access jobs in Canada- a one stop shop during their job hunt because we know looking for the right job can be stressful. 

But what happens after you apply and they want to interview you?

We have found there isn’t a lot of advice online specific to developer jobs interviews which tends to be the most stressful part of the process.

Forget the pressure of getting hired or not, what are they going to ask you? What should you wear?  What are your salary expectations? Is there anything you are forgetting?

In our experience talented developers really struggle with job interviews, because they tend to spend most of their time working on what they are really interested in- development and technology- not interview skills.

If only a successful job opportunity was black and white but since it’s not we thought we would offer you our Best Tips and Tricks for Getting a Software Development Job in Canada.

Hire Professional to Write Your Resume

Interview Tips

Did you know that there are people out there who write resumes for a living?  With special software?  Like professional resume writers?

We have no doubt you could write a good looking resume but let’s face it, you’re a software developer. Your resume is the first impression you give a company and you only get one chance to impress them.

We strongly recommend if you want the BEST chance at the largest number of job opportunities pay the money to have your resume written professionally. 

In the big picture it’s a pretty small investment in your future and the best chance to land your dream job!

Just Relax

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Although it’s completely normal to feel nervous and anxious it doesn’t help you during the interview process.  Learn how to relax and stay calm, a confident candidate will appear more professional than a nervous, sweaty one.

But how do you do that?

Here are a few tricks:

  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early so you can take a deep breath, it creates a positive impression when you are early and waiting for your interviewer
  • Think positive, remember you have a lot to offer and focus on your strong skills
  • Remind yourself an interview is just a conversation
  • Go into your interview knowing you are looking for the right job and you are also interviewing this company to see if this would be a good fit
  • Consider every interview a lesson and experience which helps you learn and grow
  • Staying clam will help you really show your potential employer your true colours and increase your chance to get hired

Show Your Willing to Learn

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Its important to make sure your potential employer really understands who you are and what you know.  It’s OK not to know everything so don’t lie about what you really know.

It’s a given that you will be asked a lot of questions during the interview and its ok to not know how to answer all of them.  Remember what is most important is that you know the fundamentals in your area of expertise.

A potential employer will have more respect for you if you are honest and tell them you don’t know the answer to a question they ask especially if you add that you are willing to learn new things.

By showing them you are open to improve yourself and willing to learn you show them your future potential.

Let’s face it, the software development world is always changing.  Constantly learning and staying current is a big part of the job. Plus, the more you know, the better you are at your job and the more money you make.

Do Your Research

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 In today’s day and age when you are interviewing for a job take the time to research the company you are interviewing at and the interviewer, (if you can) ahead of time.  We aren’t telling you to go crazy but it’s easier than ever now to find a company’s website, Facebook, Twitter handle or blog.  Same goes for the interviewer. 

It’s amazing how much you can learn with a few clicks of your mouse and it shows that you are interested in getting to know them the way they want to learn about you.

And that leads us to #5…

Ask Questions

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By researching the company, you can prepare answers to their questions such as “why do you want to work here?” but also think up questions of your own.

There are huge benefits to asking questions during your interview.

Firstly, it shows the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the company as well as the job. If they feel like you aren’t that into the company then you definitely aren’t getting the job.

Secondly, it totally benefits you! The more you know about the company’s corporate culture and the job position, the easier it will be for you to decide if this is the right job for you.

So just not only answer questions but also feel free to ask them.

Be Prepared For The Questions They May Ask

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  • What are your career aspirations?
  • What kind of development are you currently working on?
  • Name a development challenge you faced and how you solved it.
  • What is your process for learning a programming language you are unfamiliar with?
  • Are you working on any personal development projects?

Make Your Portfolio Easily Accessible

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Some company’s may want you to put your money where your mouth is and show them your coding skills.  This may be a test in some situation but its always a good idea to have some work online you can show off.

Everyone has a social media profile so consider having an account like Github.  It’s free, and you can upload your projects or contribute to others.

Either way, have at least 1–2 example projects you can show potential employers as it will increase your chance of getting hired significantly.

Do Not Speak Negatively About Your Previous Employers

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Be cautious how you answer questions like “Why did you leave company X?” or “Why do you want to change jobs?” Whatever the reason is you do not want your potential employer to take your reply as complaining or bad mouthing.  Not only is it unprofessional but it makes your potential employer wonder what you would say about them if they hired you.

For example, you’ve been promised a promotion for  over 2 years, but it still hasn’t happened you would NOT say “ They make promises they can’t keep, after over 2 years I still don’t have the promotion they promised…”

A better way to answer the question would be  “I really enjoyed my time there and had a chance to work on some great projects and meet some nice people, but the promotion I was expecting is still not there, so I thought maybe it’s time for a change.”

Bottom line- think before you answer, giving smarter answers will definitely increase your chances.

Remember that every interview, whether good or bad, is experience that will help you learn and grow. Actually the more interviews you go on, the better you become. Everything in life is about experiences.

We spend a lot of time working in our lives and it’s important to find that right fit for both you and you’re your future employer.  There are always better opportunities and kinder employers somewhere outside, just keep looking until you find them.

Good Luck in your search!

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