Top Interviewing Techniques for Technical Interviews This article is for all the lucky and of course the deserving ones, who have been considered worthy of attending a technical interview in electronics field. What if you are one of the lucky ones? You have got the call letter, had the best preparation and now ready to attend the interview. Still one thing is bothering you, isn’t it? How you are going to present yourself? Don’t worry; here I am going to enlist important interviewing techniques you should follow if you want to set your feet in the area of Electronics and build your own electronics circuits and projects. I am sure you must be having knowledge about the conventional tips like being properly dressed, having good communication skills and many more. So I am not going to waste your time recalling that. Here are the important interviewing techniques for all aspiring electronic engineers. 1. Be a master in one field, not a jack in all trades! Exactly! Remember feigning to have knowledge in all topics can never be beneficial. Prepare yourself with the topics you are best at and prove yourself in the interview. In some cases, the topics relevant to the job profile are already mentioned while in some they are not. In the former case you always have the ease of selecting the subjects and have the best preparation, while in the other case you get the privilege to choose your own favorite subjects. Therefore as the first interviewing technique, I would recommend you to choose only 3 subjects and prove your knowledge in those subjects in a confident and determined manner. Confidently show your best knowledge in those subjects so that the interviewer can firmly believe in your knowledge. 2. Prove your knowledge! You have made thorough preparation for the interview; have good knowledge about the relevant topics. Now all you need is to prove yourself. How to achieve that? The most important interviewing technique is to show confidence in knowledge. Remember even if you have plenty of knowledge and yet fail to show any confidence, you can never prove yourself. So the interviewing techniques for proving your knowledge are:- a. Listen attentively to the question and understand it. b. Give the correct answer in a confident and determined way, even if the interviewer tries to distract you. c. Have good communication skills and try to give the answer in a technical language. For example for a question like- “what is a PN junction?” Never give your answer in a non technical manner like – a PN junction is a junction between P and N. Rather give your answer in a technical manner like- A PN junction is the junction formed by doping a P type material with an N type material. 3. Prove your experience! Remember even if you are a fresher, you can still prove your experience by giving details about your project. And off course, if you have 6 months or 1 year experience that would be much better. The most common things asked in any technical interview apart from the questions, is about the projects. So given below are few interviewing techniques for proving your experience:- a. Tell details about your project in brief b. Give a precise explanation of role in the project and your functions. c. Give explanation to each and every step you took in the project development in a determined and confident manner, even if the interviewer sounds critical of your project. For example if your project involves usage of a high DC voltage and you have designed your own high voltage DC power supply, the interviewer might counter your step by asking you simply didn’t opt for a high voltage DC to DC converter available in the market? Don’t panic or sound wrong, just give the best answer by citing the cost reasons and also prove your designing skills in the answer. d. Give answers about your projects in a confident manner. e. Tell the benefits of your projects. Make sure you prove yourself to have the latest knowledge in electronics. 4. Prove your practical knowledge! Remember even if you are able to prove your theoretical knowledge, convince the interviewer about our projects, you can never win his confidence unless and until you can prove your practical knowledge. So this is one of the most important interviewing techniques. Since this is an interview and no interviewer is going to ask you to perform any detailed practical experiment, all they would judge is your basic practical sense. You can prove that in many cases:- a. If the job profile relates to embedded system design or circuit designing, the important interviewing technique is to prove your basic knowledge in the electronic design concept. This you can do by citing examples like choosing ICs for any particular application, selecting a particular microcontroller for your embedded system, tips on selecting basic components like resistors, capacitors, diodes, basic PCB design techniques and many more. b. If the job profile relates to VLSI or chip designer, the relevant interviewing technique is to cite basic concepts like VLSI fabrication techniques, knowledge about FPGA or ASIC modules, basic knowledge about VHDL modeling etc. c. If the job profile related to Control techniques, prove your practical knowledge by mentioning about control devices like PLCs and ways to program them, PID controllers and many more. That’s it! So prepared to give the interview? We hope we have been successful in boosting your confidence and morale for giving your best in the interview. It would be a kind gesture on your part if you can add any more tips if you can or just give your feedback in the comment section below. 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