Part 2: Live Interview
To prepare for the interview, please ensure you have:
- a computer with a working camera to ensure the best communication
- a distraction-free environment
If you do not currently have a work environment conducive to a successful interview, please feel free to reschedule until you can secure the best setup for your success.
The 1:1 live interview will be held on zoom with you and a Turing alum. The interview will consist of two main components:
- Problem Solving Challenge: You will work through a challenge to show off your communication, logical reasoning, and collaboration. There is no pre-work or prior knowledge needed to be successful in this challenge.
- Interview Questions: During the remainder of the interview, you can expect to discuss your previous experiences, your strengths, and your motivation for pursuing a career in software development.
Problem Solving Challenge
- Communicate, communicate, communicate! It’s less about solving the problem and more about how you communicate your thoughts and work with your interviewer. This is an effort to simulate how you might work with a partner at Turing in a remote environment.
- You can and should ask clarifying questions and let the interviewer know if you’re stuck. Your interviewer may ask you to verbalize your thoughts if they are not following.
- We’d like to see some self-reflection after you complete the challenge. We want you to be able to speak to what you learned and what you might do differently if given a second attempt.
Try It: Problem Solving Challenge
While we can't show you the exact challenge you'll recieve on interview day, let's look at this exercise and practice some of the tips above.
I will model solving this challenge two times. Pay attention to what communication and collaboration skills I'm displaying each time. After each attempt, let's think about the following questions:
- What communication skills did you see?
- What collaboration skills did you see?
- From what you saw, what would it be like to work with me on a project?
Now that you've seen two options for approaching this problem, what are some things you can commit to doing in your interview?
- It’s important that you answer the behavioral questions directly and with examples from your previous experience. For example, if we ask you to tell us about a time where you worked on a successful team, you should answer with a specific instance and avoid only speaking in vague terms.
- Be prepared to discuss how you align with Turing’s mission: Turing’s mission is to unlock human potential by training a diverse and inclusive student body to succeed in high fulfillment technical careers.
Try It: Interview Questions
For the following topics, think of one specific experience you could reference.
- Successful teamwork
- Unsuccessful/Challenging teamwork
- Learning from failure
- Growing in response to feedback
- Successfully meeting a goal
- Something you're proud of