Mistakes to Avoid While Doing a Coding Interview

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Candidates could feel pressured during a coding interview. Knowing how to maintain calm and not make any obvious blunders during the coding interview is a tried and true method of getting the job you want. Despite this, many hopefuls keep missing their windows of opportunity.

We have compiled a list of candidates’ most frequent mistakes during coding interviews.

1. Ignoring the time it takes to write code.

You write programs without thinking about their temporal complexity; worse; you can’t tell what that complexity is. This leaves a bad taste in the interviewer’s mouth.

2. Inadequately comprehending the presented issue

You’ll probably have doubts or questions after hearing the issue statement from the interviewer. Because they worry about making a bad impression on the interviewer, students often start working on solutions before they have asked any questions or received clarification. Doing this is very dangerous and is not recommended.

3. Pretending to know that you do not have

The interviewer may use hard technical terms and phrases that only native English speakers would comprehend. Neither will lie on your resume or in an interview to help you get hired or make a good impression. When you find yourself confused, there should be no shame in asking for clarification.

4. Not giving your all to the interviewer

There’s no use in preparing for the interview if you’re not going to give it your all when it comes around. There might be a variety of causes, including panic and anxiousness. You should approach the next problem statement with the same level of assurance and effort even if you could not find a solution to the previous one.

5. Jumping to code before coming up with a solution is not a good idea.

The path to failure is to begin writing code before carefully considering the problem. The problem with a half-baked answer is that it will be too late when you realize what you’re trying to do is too difficult or doesn’t work.

Don’t rush into action out of fear of failure or overconfidence. Assuming you can solve the problem as you code is a way to make things worse. This usually doesn’t end well.