Software Engineering Interviews: Screening and Skill Checks

Joe Alongi
4 min readMar 7, 2020

Software Engineering is a rapidly developing spectrum of careers. From Ruby on Rails to JavaScript, Frontend to Backend, DevOps to Architecture the many levels of programming have evolved through SaaS (Software as a Service).

Beginning the journey into the world whether a recently graduated engineer, a developer looking to make a shift, or someone looking for advancement it can be a challenging evolution into the space.

Opportunities in the space are numerous, exploring the technology stack is a combination of parts and sums, connecting modern and persistent technologies. Familiarity with multiple frameworks is recommended and discovering methods for expressing vanilla & native solutions is imperative.

Discovering Opportunities through Alignment with Technical Requirements

A-List an elevated version of AngelList is a top tier talent gathering platform where startups, businesses, and enterprises can interact and experience many top tier engineers & developers. Build a profile, connect with companies, and find opportunities with leading technology.

CyberCoders a renowned matching platform for programmers to meet businesses. Organizing a portfolio, showcasing skills and connecting with technology firms becomes a few clicks.

Seen is a brilliant platform developed by Indeed to connect people with companies based on technologies. Search through aligned skill sets and hyper-focused career ‘fast-matches’ to quickly jump into calls for future employment.

Finding Success with Anecdotal Elements from Experience

Knowing how to build software in Python is to Data Analysis & Visualization as Developing React applications is to building Embedded Artificial Intelligence. The goal is specificity of fit, much as a resume and cover letter is to be tailored to the role, the code should fit the format.

When looking for the next role keep in mind each interaction is unique, when applying to many, this may seem to stratify. First seek roles in the familiar wheelhouse to find success in the immediate range of work, branching, means learning new methods on the fly.

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Advancing Steps through the Engineering Interview Process

Steps to advancing are in the path of alignment. Focusing technologies with past experience, mentioning to the recruiter a background in the set framework of business model. Make clear development in these spaces (Commerce, Banking, Artificial Intelligence & Etc.) and define the key value.

Anticipate some of the questions and focuses from the recruiter by over-viewing the technologies and researching the tech stack. Prepare visual models for connecting with the recruiter, questions about technology, and thoroughly understand what is to be prepared for technical reviews.

The Ask

A big part of the first round interview is confidence, strong communication skills, focused analytic skills, and an understanding of the presently adapted technology.

Make sure to assert interest and ask about next steps while engaging in normal conversation. Encouraging remarks are the hint to ask about next steps, the more experience held, the more likely they will occur, be interested.

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The Software Engineering Interview Process

Step 1: Screening and Skill Checks

Part 2: Technical & Take-home Assignments

Part 3: Whiteboard and Coding Challenges

Thanks for Reading, Keep Applying!

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