3. Have a pen and paper ready to take notes during the interview with your resume and verify the
4. Be calm and composed before and during the interview.
5. Be enthusiastic during the interview. Smile. They can definitely hear it in your voice. Discuss
6. Provide direct and complete answers to all questions that are asked of you. Always research
7. If this is an international call, there may be delay across the phone line. Wait for the
8. The interviewer begins the conversation with “How are you doing?” You need to respond back
9. You need to end the interview with. “Thanks for your time. It was nice talking to you and I look
10. Always call the interviewers by their first name only. For example, if the interviewer’s name
11. Find out from the sales representative and recruiter about the requirements of the project for
12. Anticipate what the interviewer is looking for and provide intelligent answers to satisfy the
13. Never use the words “involved in”. This implies that someone else did the work and that you
14. Never use the words “we”. Always say “I”. This clearly indicates that you did the work.
15. If the line is bad or you can’t hear, never keep saying “Hello”. Simply say “I’m sorry, the line
16. If you do not work for X but for the subcontractor, make sure that you never mention that you
17. Make sure that you check with the recruiter/sales representative as to what the interviewer’s
18. Highlight any special training or certifications you have.
19. Never discuss personal issues with the client.
Q1. Describe your current project?
A1. Provide the following information in order: name/title of the project, the client name and
Q2. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) or 1 to 5 (5 being the best) on each
Q3. If you rated yourself less than a 10, what will it take for you to become a 10?
Q4. Describe which part of software lifecycle you were a part of?
Q5. What percentage of the time do you spend in analysis/design, coding and testing?
Q6. How do you estimate time durations for your tasks?
Q7. Did you have to prepare the spec or did you program from the spec?
Q8. Did you interact with the end users?
Q9. Explain any debugging tools that you have used?
Q10. Explain any CASE tools that you have used?
Q11. Explain any version control tools that you have used?
Q12. What are the differences between versions of the software in your area of expertise?
Q13. What do you do when you are running late on your assignments?
Q14. How do you handle problems with peers?
Q15. Do you work long hours? 4
Q16. When are you available to start?
Q17. What is your visa status?
Q18. How long can you stay in the United States?
General Questions (prepare on your own)
Q1. What is the team size of your project?
Prepare Questions 5
Below is a list of commonly asked questions in an interview. Consider how you might want to
Questions for the Interviewer
BEFORE YOUR INTERVIEW
Do Your Research
Practice, Practice, Practice 8
Arrive Fashionably Early
Smile at Everyone
Make the First 10 Minutes Count
ON THE INTERVIEW
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
• Write an attention-grabbing resume
Tell Me about Yourself
Why Are You On The Job Market?
Be honest - even if you were fired. Don't say negative things about your former employer.
What Are Your Strengths?