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What does a technical interview entail?

I've made it past the first round of interviews for a research lab I'm interested in, and the next step is for a PI to reach out to schedule a technical interview. I have no idea what a technical interview is, or how to prepare!

I'm a physics student and would be working in acoustics or signal processing if that's helpful.

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Claire’s Answer

Hi Abby, Congratulations on being invited for a technical interview, exactly as Jennifer says, a technical interview will often include specific questions about your understanding or knowledge of a particular subject. Since you mention acoustics and/or signal processing it is very likely that the interviewee will want to understand how much you know already and maybe your aspirations for learning and growing within the role.

It is absolutely OK to reach out and ask how you can prepare for the technical interview since this is an entry level type role I would assume. Remember an interview is about your getting the information you need also from the discussion.

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Linda’s Answer

Depending on the role, it may involve a test of your skills. ie. if you are applying for a development role they will likely want you to code something for them. You can usually google the company name and what type of skills test they use and find some applicant feedback.
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Kelly’s Answer

Hi Abby! What great news you are moving forward in the interview process! Every company is different, but generally speaking the "tech interview" is just that. They are assess your experience as it related the requirements of the role. I would ensure that you read the job description and be prepared with examples of times (or experiences) when you did something relevant. As a student, you may not have done this in a work setting, but that's ok! Best of luck!
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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi, Abby!

Congratulations on moving forward in the interview process!

Here are some helpful resources in understanding what a technical interview is and how best to prepare, including commonly asked questions.

https://www.allaboutcareers.com/looking-for-a-job/technical-interview/#:~:text=What%20is%20a%20technical%20interview,you%20wish%20to%20work%20for.

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/common-technical-interview-questions-and-answers

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-smart-moves-to-make-in-a-technical-interview-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-coding

Although the technical interview focuses more on industry-related scenarios, don't forget your general interviewing skills - and it sounds like you've got the skills considering your first round success!

Wishing you the best in your interviewing and beyond!

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