Unlike other interviews, technical interview tests your technical skills, problem-solving
skills and personality. You need to prepare diligently before attempting a technical
interview. Hiring managers look beyond technical qualifications – they assess a
candidate’s soft skills, problem-solving skills. Creating an impressive resume alone
won’t help. You need to be ready to face some tough questions that assess your skills
and knowledge. Here are some sample interview questions and some tips on how to
answer those questions.
SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
1. Do you use online resources to help you do the job? If yes, what are they?
The question is to check if you are engaged with the broader IT world. IT professionals
connect with other professionals through online platforms and they take help to resolve
problems. Websites like StackExchange or Github, online communities, social media and
2. How do you update your knowledge to keep up with the changes in
This is to gauge your enthusiasm and passion for the job. Tech professionals update
their knowledge base through forums, reading blogs, joining hackathons and taking
online courses. This is an opportunity to discuss professional development.
3. What are the most important qualities you think to do this role?
Your answer to this question will help the interviewer know if you have a good
understanding of their requirement and give them an idea about if you will be able to
handle the responsibilities well. Your answer should have a balance between technical
abilities, and other skills like problem-solving, communication etc.
4. Tell us about your favourite technology products and about those which you
This question tests your knowledge of technology and your enthusiasm to learn about
new tools and innovations. This could also help the interviewer to check if you could
give some inputs in terms of engineering, design, user experience etc. You could answer
this question only if you have thought of the advantages and disadvantages of any
5. Do you think technology advancement will affect your job? If yes, why?
IT roles change according to the changes in technology. The interviewer wants to check
if you are aware of it and how do you perceive the role in long-term. This is an
opportunity to discuss the trends and innovations in the field.
6. Have you worked on any projects in your spare time?
Spare-time projects help you keep their skis fresh. This shows that you are curious
and self-motivated. If you’ve built a website, well, that will get you brownie points.
7. Tell us about the last presentation you did?
This question tests your ability to conduct research and to put your findings together in
8. What qualities should a good project leader have?
Interviewers look for management skills in every candidate, even though the current
job opportunity is not a management role. The interviewer wants to know if you have
management skills and if you are ready to take responsibility for leading projects if
9. Why do you want to work with us?
This is a frequently asked question; it is relevant too. The interviewer wants to check if
you have done any research about the company before attending the interview. If you
are not very keen to know if the company would match your career goals and
aspirations, not enthusiastic enough to browse to see what they do, then that shows a
very low level of motivation.
10. Can you tell us an incident where you applied your technical knowledge in a
This is to test your ability to implement knowledge in a crisis. It shows if you are ready
to involve in problem-solving and if you are confident enough to try different solutions
to resolve a problem
11. Imagine that you’ve been asked to do some research on new technology and to
apply your findings to solve a problem. You got two solutions – one is on-
premise and the other is cloud-based. Which one would you recommend and
This is to test your decision-making skills. You need to consider many factors while
solving an issue. The interviewer wants to know your skill to consider aspects like
feasibility, bandwidth, cost-effectiveness and other such factors before zeroing down to
12. Have you ever handled vendor relations?
This is to check if you are skilled enough to handle software vendors. Even if you not
done it, do not allow the confidence to dip. They just want to know if you can handle it.
Use your experience and knowledge and consider this a hypothetical question and
answer it pointing out the required skills and explain how you will do it.