5 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make In Your Next Tech Interview


The competitive world of tech interviews can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking; avoiding certain mistakes can make you stand out from other applicants. 

Here are 5 mistakes you must avoid to maximize your chances of securing your dream job:

  • Downplaying Soft Skills
  • Ignoring behavioral questions
  • Not Demonstrating Autonomy in Handling Tasks
  • Highlighting weakness rather than strength
  • Giving unrealistic salary expectations

Downplaying Soft Skills

Technical skills are important, but don’t underestimate the power of soft skills. These include teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and adaptability. Employers value candidates who collaborate effectively and contribute positively to a team environment.

Ignoring Behavioral Questions

Tech interviews often incorporate behavioral questions to gauge your personality, work style, and cultural fit. Be prepared with specific examples (using the STAR method Situation, Task, Action, Result) to showcase how you’ve tackled challenges, functioned within a team, or demonstrated leadership.

Not Demonstrating Autonomy in Handling Tasks

Whether you’re a beginner or you have some experience in the field, it’s important you show that you can tackle tasks independently. Employers want to know that aside from collaborating with team members, you can find a solution to problems on your own.

Highlighting Weaknesses Rather Than Strength

While it’s not entirely wrong to discuss your weakness, you must be able to mention the steps you took to improve. This shows your ability to learn and adapt.

Giving Unrealistic Salary Expectations

Research the market value for your skills, the salary range for the role you are applying for and the company’s capacity so that you can have realistic expectations and increase your chances of getting the job.

By avoiding these mistakes, you will be a well-rounded candidate with the skills, attitude, and professionalism necessary to excel in your next tech interview.