EPAM Anywhere: What to Expect at Technical Interview at EPAM Anywhere: Full Guide for Software Engineers

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What to Expect at Technical Interview at EPAM Anywhere: Full Guide for Software Engineers

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A technical interview is an essential part of the hiring process at EPAM Anywhere, and its primary purpose is to:

  • Expose the background and environment where you have implemented particular hard and soft skills
  • Get an overview of your theoretical knowledge and ability to apply it to practice

To make sure you're totally prepared for the technical interview at EPAM Anywhere, start-off by checking this post. It will guide you through the interview’s key stages providing you with complete information on what to expect in each of them.

What are the typical technical interview stages?

A technical interview at EPAM Anywhere includes:

  • a background check, considering a brief overview of your technology stack expertise
  • core technology knowledge check where you have a chance to showcase your experience with frameworks and tools, demonstrate your coding style and approach to solving different challenges
  • a soft skills check
  • a Q&A session to get answers to all the questions you have.

Background check

This stage is a perfect chance to describe your success in the projects listed in your CV. To make the most of it, be ready to go into some details on business domains you have experience with (e.g. healthcare, fintech, e-commerce, etc.) and kinds of software or platforms you were working on (SaaS, mobile apps, or other).

It's also worth sharing which SDLC methodologies you’ve worked with, and how they were implemented in each of your previous projects. Be ready to talk briefly about the customer communication flows, team structures, and processes established in them. Try to focus on your role, your key responsibilities in each team, and, of course, don’t forget to share your success stories (we’re sure there are plenty of them). This is also a good moment to share your professional ambitions and describe your ideal role.

What to prepare for:

You may be asked a whole range of different questions during this stage and your clear, well-thought-out answers are playing a huge role in the interview success. Here, we’ve collected some typical questions that can come in handy when preparing for the customer interview.

A few types of questions your technical interviewer may ask you include:

  • asking to share your project story: suggesting you describe processes or approach you followed while working on the previous projects
  • problem-solution questions: suggesting you offer solutions for particular problems or share ideas on how you could mitigate those
  • revealing hands-on experience: questions, encouraging you to share in which cases you used this or that technology or framework

Core technology check: it’s time to complete some tasks

Once we get to know you better with all the details about your experience and background being clarified, it's time to demonstrate your hard skills in action. While you may have come across the lengthy assignments and have a negative attitude to the practical task stage, let us assure you: at the technical interview at EPAM Anywhere you will be given a task that:

  • is super-relevant to your experience and the role you're targeting
  • will take no longer than 10-20 minutes to complete

Basically, a practical task is an essential part of the technical interview as it allows an interviewer to check your hands-on experience and specific expertise properly.

Types of practical tasks you’re likely to receive

Obviously, the type of a practical task depends on the role you're applying for.

This way, if you're targeting a DevOps role, an interviewer may ask you to write some function that, for example, takes some string as input, and write a script that would produce the outlined output.

If you're interested in .NET Engineer position, you may be asked to create the repository for a particular business object and a single method with specific requirements. Or, if you're on your way to getting a Java Software Engineering job, you may be asked to implement a cache, for instance, in DAO class of Person objects.

Keeping in mind that you have just 10-20 minutes to complete a task, go straight to solving it without wasting much time. Also, make sure your code or approach you propose as a solution is error-free, well-structured, and reasonable, as this is what your interviewer will certainly keep an eye on ;).

Soft skills check

It’s time to show your soft skills! There’s a myth that strong soft skills are not of a high priority for software engineers while in fact, these skills are no less critical than hands-on experience with specific technologies and tools (you can dive deeper into the topic in this post). Strong soft skills often mean comfortable team work, effective communication, and, of course, earlier promotions.

The tricky thing here is that the soft skills check doesn't go like an obvious separate stage, but may infiltrate any stage we’ve mentioned above. For example, talking about your professional goals, an interviewer may ask you to describe your ideal project and share the issues you'd like to avoid. Or, during the core skills check, an interviewer may suggest some changes to the initial task and see if you're open to reworking it.

Soft skills check may take different forms, but the key message here is that you don't need to pretend you're some other kind of person. Be yourself, just your better self. Share your values, principles, and approach to doing work in word and deed, as at the end of the day, you're going to join a new project and team, and we’re sure that you'd like to join like-minded people when it comes to processes and approaches.

Preparing for the technical interview is a good time to get your head straight and evaluate your soft skills before the interviewer does that. Several key soft skills checked during the interview include:

  • Ability to learn
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Team work
  • Stress resistance

Q&A

Your turn to ask questions! Q&A is the last and, perhaps, least stressful stage of the technical interview. Take your time to prepare several questions about technologies, project details, the team you are going to work with, and tasks awaiting for you. You can do your own team culture check by asking how the processes are established in this particular project, how the customer prefers to communicate, if there are regular calls, retrospectives, overtimes, and so on.

Asking questions is equally important at the interview, as it demonstrates your strong soft skills and interest in effective cooperation.

Final thoughts

With this full guide, we hope you'll get through the interview process smoothly and successfully, and land a great job at EPAM Anywhere!

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