10 Interview Tips for Tech Companies


Interviewing with a tech company such as Facebook, Hulu, Microsoft, Spotify or Google is somewhat different from interviewing at companies in other industries, but the basics are the same.

Related: 5 Essential Steps to a Great Job

What is similar but with a little twist?

  • Are you passionate about the company? Are you familiar with its products,and do you use them? Do you have ideas for improvement?
  • Do you have a real passion for technology? For example, do you read stories by tech news sources? How do you use technology every day? By any chance, are you wearing an Apple watch?
  • Are you creative? For example, do you enjoy brainstorming? When asked to solve a problem, are you thinking outside the box and even pushing back on assumptions?
  • Companies are looking for intelligence. Whether it’s fair or unfair, they’re looking for your college GPA. Testing you may also be part of the interview process.
  • Are you one who gets things done? Do you work on great things, and do you typically finish them? And how about outside of work or academia?
  • Do you take initiative? The question here is asking whether you like to go above and beyond. Anything unusual? Are you writing blogs? Have you worked on something that people were surprised about?

Traditional and nontraditional interview questions

You should be prepared to discuss your résumé at the interview because at some point, that subject will come up. Be prepared to explain why you changed jobs. Your answers had better be convincing because otherwise, the interviewer will dig deeper and deeper — especially if the interview is with the human resources representative.

Related: Things to Do When Your Job Is at Risk

Practice your pitch

For every past position, you should practice delivering a blurb that starts with explaining your function and role, but the highlight should be your accomplishments. The interviewer is less interested in what you did and more interested in your accomplishments. Don’t be too long on details. Let the interviewer probe.  And sound enthusiastic.

Prepare for behavior-based questions

This might be difficult for some, unless prepared for it. “Tell me about a time you had to defend an idea.” Most people should be able to reply to such a request, but it’s likely that the answer is not on the tip of the tongue.

Come very prepared for the interview

Learn as much about the company as you can. Every interviewer wants to make sure you’ll fit into the company culture by your proving that you’ve spent extensive time learning what the company makes or the services it provides, how the company makes the product or provides the services and how the company makes money. That knowledge will help your cause. For example, Amazon is a reseller that makes a small profit. The company has one of the world’s best distribution systems, which is supported by an excellent infrastructure. Read the latest news about the company. Know important names — at least the names of the top leadership. And learn some details and particulars about them. Twitter is a great resource for surfacing current issues at the company. Find out about the company’s competitors by researching those as well. Read about current and former employees on Twitter and Facebook. Research company leadership on LinkedIn. And last, try to learn as much as possible about the company culture.

Come prepared with intelligent questions

The interview should be a professional dialogue and not turn into an interrogation. You as an applicant should attempt to interweave some intelligent questions into that dialogue. Your questions should be genuine: What are the biggest issues the team faces? How much of the day is spent on coding? The questions should also be insightful. Ask something about an issue you already know something about. Perhaps ask something technical. An interviewer who’s interested in technical aspects will probe further, which will lead to a great dialogue. At that point you can say, “I’ll be happy to elaborate on that.”

Related: 6 Proofreading Tips to Create a Mistake-Free Resume

Interviewing is a skill that improves with practice. It is not very difficult, and what I’ve learned from coaching professionals in ways of mastering it, it’s part practice and a lot of solid preparation. Remember Larry King and Charlie Rose’s interviews? Those were not impromptu interviews but well-prepared and well-rehearsed acts.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Entrepreneur: Grow Your Business

Get Free Email Updates!

Signup now and get my free business content, resources and goodies every month.

I will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.


  1. My husband and i got really glad Michael could deal with his investigations by way of the precious recommendations he was given from your site. It’s not at all simplistic to simply continually be making a gift of tactics some other people might have been selling. And now we do understand we have got the writer to thank for that. All of the illustrations you’ve made, the simple site navigation, the friendships you will help promote – it’s got all impressive, and it’s facilitating our son in addition to our family consider that the content is amusing, and that is seriously essential. Many thanks for all the pieces!

  2. I want to express my admiration for your kind-heartedness for individuals that really want guidance on that concept. Your real commitment to passing the solution all through has been rather powerful and has helped girls just like me to attain their desired goals. The informative advice means a whole lot a person like me and even more to my colleagues. With thanks; from each one of us.

  3. I needed to send you the bit of note so as to thank you so much the moment again for your personal extraordinary tactics you’ve provided above. This has been simply strangely open-handed with you to offer freely exactly what a few individuals might have advertised for an electronic book to earn some dough for themselves, precisely considering that you might well have tried it if you ever considered necessary. The smart ideas as well served to be the fantastic way to comprehend many people have the same eagerness really like my very own to figure out many more with respect to this condition. I’m certain there are numerous more pleasurable instances up front for many who scan through your blog post.

  4. I in addition to my buddies were actually taking note of the good things from your website then suddenly I had a terrible feeling I had not thanked the website owner for those secrets. All of the guys happened to be certainly stimulated to learn all of them and have surely been loving those things. We appreciate you genuinely so considerate and also for considering some really good useful guides millions of individuals are really wanting to understand about. Our own sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to sooner.

  5. Thank you a lot for giving everyone an extraordinarily marvellous opportunity to read articles and blog posts from here. It is often very great and as well , stuffed with a great time for me personally and my office colleagues to search the blog not less than 3 times weekly to read the newest tips you have. And lastly, I’m so always astounded with all the remarkable advice you serve. Certain 2 areas in this post are clearly the most efficient we have had.

  6. I happen to be writing to let you understand of the remarkable encounter our child obtained browsing your web page. She discovered plenty of details, with the inclusion of how it is like to possess an ideal teaching style to make the rest easily grasp several impossible topics. You undoubtedly exceeded visitors’ desires. Many thanks for showing these necessary, safe, informative and fun tips on that topic to Gloria.

  7. Thank you for your own labor on this web site. My mom delights in participating in investigations and it is simple to grasp why. My spouse and i know all concerning the dynamic manner you produce important solutions through this blog and as well foster response from visitors on the point while our own child is actually studying a great deal. Have fun with the remaining portion of the new year. You’re doing a powerful job.

  8. I have to show my appreciation to the writer for bailing me out of such a dilemma. Right after scouting through the search engines and meeting strategies that were not pleasant, I figured my life was done. Existing without the answers to the issues you’ve solved all through the article content is a critical case, and ones that could have negatively damaged my career if I hadn’t come across the blog. Your training and kindness in taking care of everything was helpful. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I had not discovered such a solution like this. It’s possible to now relish my future. Thank you very much for your reliable and results-oriented help. I won’t be reluctant to endorse your blog post to anyone who would like guide about this matter.

  9. I actually wanted to post a small message to be able to say thanks to you for all of the unique information you are giving here. My prolonged internet research has now been compensated with reliable know-how to exchange with my visitors. I would tell you that most of us visitors are unequivocally fortunate to live in a decent website with very many wonderful professionals with helpful tricks. I feel truly lucky to have seen your web page and look forward to so many more brilliant minutes reading here. Thank you again for all the details.

  10. you’ve gotten an amazing weblog right here! would you like to make some invite posts on my weblog?

  11. My wife and i ended up being so delighted when Peter could deal with his survey because of the precious recommendations he got through the web site. It’s not at all simplistic just to happen to be making a gift of tactics that other people have been making money from. And we all figure out we need the blog owner to appreciate for that. The illustrations you made, the simple website menu, the relationships your site aid to foster – it is mostly awesome, and it’s leading our son in addition to our family consider that that subject matter is cool, which is really vital. Many thanks for the whole thing!

  12. There is noticeably a bundle to find out about this. I assume you made sure nice points in features also.

  13. Thanks so much for giving everyone an exceptionally marvellous opportunity to read articles and blog posts from this site. It can be so useful and as well , jam-packed with amusement for me and my office co-workers to visit your web site at the very least three times every week to learn the latest guides you will have. Not to mention, we are actually satisfied for the impressive concepts served by you. Certain 1 points on this page are unquestionably the most effective I have had.

  14. I want to express my affection for your kindness giving support to individuals that should have assistance with this important concern. Your very own dedication to getting the message all around ended up being wonderfully functional and has continually permitted somebody like me to reach their desired goals. Your new interesting report implies much a person like me and additionally to my mates. Thanks a lot; from each one of us.

  15. I wish to show some thanks to this writer just for bailing me out of this particular issue. Right after browsing through the world-wide-web and getting thoughts that were not productive, I believed my life was done. Existing minus the answers to the difficulties you’ve solved through your short article is a serious case, and the ones that would have adversely damaged my career if I had not noticed your website. Your own personal talents and kindness in playing with a lot of things was very useful. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t discovered such a point like this. It’s possible to now relish my future. Thank you very much for the professional and result oriented guide. I won’t be reluctant to refer your web site to anyone who will need assistance about this subject.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here