For many specialized positions, employers will want to ensure that you have the requisite skill set and may require a demonstration of your abilities.
The hiring manager will pay close attention to your area of focus (e.g. if it’s data analytics, you will be asked a question based on your data analytics experience). Former Amazon VP Neil Roseman (an inveterate technical interviewer) states: "The questions are usually questions that have been asked of professionals with experience in the position or the candidate's area of focus." In other words, the technical questions should not be all that surprising to a graduating Ph.D. or Masters student. Take a minute and read more about Mr. Roseman's interviewing process—it will be well worth your time!
- Practice Aptitude Tests - There are a number of different types of aptitude test due to the range of cognitive capabilities and employer priorities. At Practice Aptitude Tests, we provide industry standard aptitude or psychometric tests for banking, accountancy, finance, law, engineering, business, marketing and vocational fields. The most commonly used are numerical reasoning tests, verbal reasoning tests, diagrammatic reasoning tests, situational judgement tests and personality tests.
- Office of Personnel Management (OPM) - US Federal Government resource that outlines the purpose behind "Job Knowledge Tests"
- Programming Interviews Exposed, John Mongan et al.
- How to prepare for the Coding Interview Shantanu Kshire (Blog Post)
- “Five Essential Phone Screen Questions,” Steve Yegge (Blog Post)
- “Get That Job at Google,” Steve Yegge (Blog Post)
- "Getting Hired," Dan Kegel (Blog Post)
- “Baby Steps to a New Job,” Gretta Cook, a Google Engineer (Blog Post)
- "You Say You Want an Education?" Adam Fletcher (Blog Post)
- Grow with Google