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Prepare for Your Coding Interview

Recorded:
July 27, 2021
Released:
August 11, 2021
Modified:
August 12, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with TJ Kinion to discuss how to handle, prepare for, and successfully get through coding interviews. As an expert from the recruitment side of things, TJ brings the unique perspective of someone who has seen it all when it comes to interviews. We tap into his wealth of knowledge to bring you a comprehensive guide on how to land that coding job you've always wanted.

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Show Notes

What is HTML All The Things

HTML All The Things is a web development podcast and discord community which was started by Matt and Mike, developers based in Ontario, Canada.

The podcast speaks to web development topics as well as running a small business, self-employment and time management. You can join them for both their successes and their struggles as they try to manage expanding their Web Development business without stretching themselves too thin.

What's This One About?

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with TJ Kinion to discuss how to handle, prepare for, and successfully get through coding interviews. As an expert from the recruitment side of things, TJ brings the unique perspective of someone who has seen it all when it comes to interviews. We tap into his wealth of knowledge to bring you a comprehensive guide on how to land that coding job you've always wanted.

Guest Introduction

Our guest today is TJ Kinion, who helps people change into a new career in tech, specifically web development, UI/UX, and data science. TJ has a tonne of experience from the recruitment side of things, all the way through coding bootcamps. He is currently the Program Manager/Career Services Director/Director of Admissions at LearningFuze, a popular bootcamp that offers both in-person and remote learning options. His insights into the recruiting and coding worlds should offer a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking to prepare for an interview in tech and coding.

TJ Kinion's LinkedIn

Show Notes

6:00 - what should prospective employees do to prepare for a coding interview?
9:50 - How much time do you spend on teaching people 'interview questions'?
21:08 - Are you ready for interviews after the bootcamp?
28:10 - Advice for people that have applied a ton and haven't gotten a job?
36:30 - What do you do when asked a technical question you don't know?
44:35 - Should you study extra advanced topics outside of the job description?
49:55 - Do you need to have questions prepared when the interviewer asks if you have any questions?

Key Takeaways

  • Don't guess in a interview question. Even if you're right, there might be follow ups that trip you up and make you look worse
  • You don't have to be perfect and answer every question
  • Keep track of your mental state. It can affect your interviews a lot more then not knowing something
  • The job search is a series of negative feedback loops
  • One of the leading causes of burnout is the feeling of loneliness

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