Written by our Communications Coordinator – Charni Wiggins
This is part two of our Interview tips blog. We hope you found part one useful and enjoy reading these too.
- Support your answers with real examples to back up what you say with evidence.
- It is a great idea to always back up your answers with an excellent example. However, you could also be asked a question such as: Give an example of how you have solved a technical problem. This is a very common technical question, where the interviewer will be looking for a detailed explanation of how you solved a problem in relation to tech. So, if you are going for a tech role, definitely have this in mind.
- Use the CAR method to make sure you give fully developed examples:
- Context – What is the problem to be rectified? How will you approach this? Why does this need to be resolved?
- Action – What did you do to solve it? Did you encounter any more problems during this? What skills did you need to be able to fix the problem?
- Result – What have you achieved? Why was this valuable/necessary? How did you know the problem had been resolved?
- When answering this question, remember important technical key terms as well as actions to enhance your explanation and show you know your stuff. For example, if you know any coding languages, name them! Use any software/hardware you think is great? Let the interviewer know.
Key terms and actions highlighted in my example below!
Question: Give an example of how you have solved a technical problem. Answer: The Apache Port was blocked on Xampp, my local web server. I knew this as after clicking ‘Start’ the Apache port said ‘Stopped’ indicating something is stopping it from firing. This meant that Apache would not run at all, therefore I was unable to test the current website in development locally, prolonging development time considerably until it was time to connect to the live web server, which at the time was not accessible. To fix this I simply Googled “Apache Port 80 blocked”. I found out that Skype also uses the same Port, therefore I told Apache to listen to Port 81 by changing the Apache configuration settings within Xampp – Manage Servers > Configure > Port 81. I was now able to develop and test my site locally using Xampp.
We wish you the best luck in your interview, and hope you feel comfortable in supporting your answers with exceptional examples.
Don’t forget to come back next week for part 3 of our interview tips series.
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