Memoirs from My First Interview

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I was really scared about my first interview and I can't blame myself because I was about to go through a phase that almost every adult has to go through.

This article is inspired by Hashnode's weekly challenge to encourage developers to share their first interview experience and lessons learned from it.

Now let's get to it 👩‍💻.

Before The Interview

Of course, the first thing I had to do was to apply for the job because you can't go for a job interview if you don't apply for the job right😃.

So how did I find the job role?

I read a post about the job in a Google Developer Group forum and even though I knew I wasn't qualified for the role, I still sent in an application because I was already prepared for the worse that could happen.

I thought about it and figured out that the worse thing that could've happened is either not getting a response from the recruiter or getting a response that I didn't have the necessary skills. Yes, that would've been sad but I gave it my best shot.

And guess what? They took a chance on me for some reason and invited me over for an interview.

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Honestly, I was shocked when I received an email about the invitation because I didn't have prior experience as a Software Developer in any company even though I was quite active in the developer community.

As excited as I was, I knew I had to brush up on my skills immediately so I went to the place where I could find answers to almost all the questions on earth - Google. I started googling questions like "what should I expect, 10 things the interviewer will ask during the interview, etc".

The Interview

On the day of the interview, I woke up, showered, and went into the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. If you've ever heard of Lagos then you must've heard about the traffic as well.

I knew that day wasn't going to be one of those days where I get stuck in traffic and miss an opportunity so I left the house 2 hours before the scheduled time. You might not believe this but, I didn't reach the company as early as I imagined because of the traffic.

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I was really tensed. My heart rate increased tremendously and I was literally sweating all through. As I sat down smiling at almost every person that passed, I was going through everything I had studied and wondered what I was going to do if I was asked about something I knew nothing about.

The recruiter eventually asked me to come inside the office for the interview. I became a bit calm when I noticed they seemed like really friendly people. Well, maybe it was because I was smiling a lot. If I remember correctly, they asked questions around the OOP, parameters, MVC, etc.

Obviously, I couldn't answer all the questions but the few I answered got me into the next round of the interview which was working on a project for some days. Prior to when I was given that project, I had never worked on something like that before but I knew I had to study, work on the project, and send it to them.

They reviewed the project, liked it, and sent me an invitation to meet the HR of the team. This phase didn't seem scary to me because I knew it was easy for me to connect with people.

As I imagined, it went pretty well with the HR team. They were impressed about my tech journey and my ability to code as a woman.

A few weeks later, I got an offer to join the company💃.

What did I learn?

  • You don't that have to meet the entire qualifications stipulated in the job description before applying for a role. For instance, it was my very first interview but I was still offered the job because I showed them I was willing to learn on the job.
  • You have to be very polite and joyful because employers don't just care about your skills, they also care about your personality and ability to work in a team.
  • It is important, to tell the truth about things you don't know. There is honestly no shame in saying 'I don't know this' or 'I have forgotten about it'.
  • It is important to show the employer that you are willing to learn on the job if you don't have the required skills during the interview.
  • Joining a developer community is a catalyst for growth.

You should join this week's #MyFirstInterviewExperience challenge by Hashnode. I will love to read about your interview experience as well.

Obi Zim's photo

Thanks for sharing. I hope my first ever interview goes smooth like this.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

It is good to know you found this article useful.

Of course, your first interview can even be better, just keep coding consistently and sharing knowledge with the developer community.

Timothy Iloba's photo

Wow....mine was kinda practical they gave me a project to work on in front of them....and we're impressed with the results

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

That sounds really amazing Timothy Iloba. Thanks for sharing.

Ruth Ikegah's photo

Thanks for sharing, Didi.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

My pleasure. I hope it helps.

Amarachi Emmanuela Azubuike's photo

I wish I can love this a thousand times. Thanks for sharing Didi✨

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Aw, thank you Amara.

It is really good to know you found it useful.

sandy Donald's photo

super proud of you girl , You are a true inspiration to many young people. Weldone you are doing an amazing job .

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

It is really good to know you found it useful.

Thank you very much for your kind words sandy Donald.

Anita Ihuman  's photo

Wow learnt a lot .thanks for sharing

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

It is really good to know you found it useful.

Joshua Alhassan's photo

Thank you so much for sharing with the community your experience. I am greatly blessed

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

It is really good to know you found it useful. I'd love to read about your first interview experience as well.

Chris Bongers's photo

Love reading these interviews

Your DevOps Guy's photo

It's always valuable to learn from other people's experiences. Thanks!

You don't that have to meet the entire qualifications stipulated in the job description before applying for a role

Many (myself included, especially when I was new to this world) don't apply to jobs because they think they will not be qualified.

Don't limit yourself. You have literally nothing to lose!

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

I totally agree. Don't limit yourself.

Fakorede Abiola's photo

Really nice one Edidiong Asikpo. I wish I could tap from this energy and share my first interview for a fulltime role. Was just a few days ago. I got an offer but unfortunately, it was rescinded today.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Oh. So sorry about that.

Why was it rescinded?

Fakorede Abiola's photo

Edidiong Asikpo was just given excuses. They probably decided I didn't have enough work experience.

BROWN OFONIME's photo

Reading this got me inspired to write mine, Thanks for the inspiration.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

That is good to know. I am looking forward to reading yours.

Cyril Uket's photo

Mine was online lolzz I was sweating head to toe 😂

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Haha, I can imagine.

How did it go?

Cyril Uket's photo

Actually the interviewer was impressed... Still hoping to hear from them 🙏

Victory Chiamaka Wekwa's photo

Thank you for sharing your experience, I enjoyed reading it.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

My pleasure. I am glad you liked it.

EFE EBIEROMA's photo

nice one

Olawale Elijah's photo

Can't wait to experience my own one day.thanks for the tips,I really appreciate

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

I am glad you found it useful.

vxhLOGS's photo

Keep sharing such experiences for juniors like myself. Always feels great to learn from you 🙇‍♂️.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Hope it helps. Thanks for reading.

Chris Bongers's photo

Very nice to share these kind of experiences!

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Yeah, I hope it helps. Thanks for reading.

Developers' Chronicles's photo

Nice Article Didi❤️ Thanks for sharing

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

I am glad you found it useful.

Bolaji Ayodeji's photo

This was inspiring, thanks for sharing! 🤩