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I am a fresh graduate of the Computer Programmer/Analyst Diploma program at Fleming College, and have been invited to my first software development job interview.

To be honest, I'm scared out of my wits! Does anyone have any recommendations or words of wisdom?

Also, they specifically asked me to bring a list of questions I would like to ask them. I've already thought of a few on my own, but does anyone else have any ideas of questions I could ask. Perhaps something that would help me stand out from the crowd?

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 9:46 PM | Back to top

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Best thing that you can do is relax and be yourself. Answer the questions that they ask the best way you can. Don't try and bullsh*%t your way through any technical questions. The person asking the question already knows what the answer is. Be honest. If you don't know then that's what you say.
As far as what to ask them I always want to know what is expected of me. How is performance measured? What is working environment (cubes/office/shared office)? Benefits? Not only insurance etc but what about gym memberships or discounts etc.
Left by Jay Glynn on Dec 11, 2005 5:21 AM

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Make sure that you admit if you don't know the answer to a question. It takes guts to admit that you don't know the answer or don't know enough of the topic.
As for the previous responder, don't get too bogged down in asking about benefits. Unless you are interviewing for a small company, or a family owned company, you will waste the interviewer's time asking about benefits. Most respectable companies let HR handle questions about benefits.
Usually you have a phone interview or two, followed by a sit down or two. After that, if you make the cut, they will start to talk about the job offer. That is when you want to ask about benefits, when you are negotiating for the position. Asking in the sit down with your potential boss will make it look like you have the attititude "what is in it for me?". Remember that you are probably competing with many others.
Instead, focus the interview not on what you have done, but what vision they have for the job, what do they want you to do?
And the best advice I have ever heard was to ask each interviewer, "What do like about working at XYZ company?" You will be surprised how candid they suddenly become. The interviewer will also show their true attitude and you can get a feel for the overall attitude at the company.
Left by Scott Miller on Dec 11, 2005 10:04 AM

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Remember that your are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. You should try to get a good idea if you would feel comfortable working for the company, what their corporate culture is, and who you would be working with. This is especially true if you are interviewing with the person who would be your supervisor. Remember that you will be working for this person, so you need to feel comfortable that you can get along with them since you will probably be seeing and communicating with them everyday for the forseable future.
Left by Devin Rader on Dec 11, 2005 2:54 PM

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