What It’s Like to Interview for Tech Jobs

Source: Justin Garrison

Over the past year I have had great opportunities to interview for positions at companies I respect, and some I didn’t. I wanted to share my experiences to help others looking to go down this job path and some general interviewing tips.

I’ve talked to quite a few companies, including:

  • Google
  • Twitter
  • GitHub
  • Oculus VR
  • Disney Animation Studios
  • Beats by Dre
  • Tinder
  • Digital Ocean
  • DeviantArt
  • Bass Pro

Each company was different in their approach to interviewing candidates. For most of the companies I didn’t make it past the screening call, but I got job offers from some. Most were for DevOps/Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) positions but for even those that weren’t, the interview process was similar enough to be relevant to my experience. Some companies sought me out, some I applied for, and some were through recruiters I had previously applied through who kept in touch with new opportunities. The companies that found me usually were via LinkedIn or GitHub.

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