So today I had another phone interview and was asked some questions I hadn’t been asked before!
Again, not scary in hindsight but the anxiety of the new combined with the desire to impress can make your mind go blank! I find phone interviews challenging too because there are no visual clues as to whether the interviewer liked your answer or not! So feeling prepared and confident for this initial stage has a huge impact on your ability to express yourself in this context.
The questions I had today were:
1) Why did you choose General Assembly as your coding bootcamp?
I talked briefly about what led me to choose a bootcamp to progress in my career and what attracted me to the GA course.
2) Why coding?
Here I would say you can talk about what excites you about code and what you hope to achieve by using code. It could also be about the environment or working methodologies of the tech sector - just be your curious and passionate self!
3) How does your previous experience/career add to your application/ complement your new tech skills?
Here I would say it’s great to big up your soft skills. Working in an office environment puts you ahead of the curve compared with graduates who only know a university or school environment. You can also talk about all the team work or customer facing skills you have built up and how you understand the impact that the needs of other teams and stakeholders can have on your work.
4) Do you understand database normalisation, in the context of SQL databases?
This was a bit of a curve-ball for me after the softer questions but I answered honestly that I wasn’t familiar with the term used but could they expand on it. This then enabled me to say that actually I do understand a little bit about relational databases and about the process of organizing data into tables in such a way that the results in data being clearly and efficiently stored. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarity or the question to be rephrased!
That’s all for today!