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Software Engineer Interview Guide: Preparing for a Successful Client Interview
Software Engineer Interview Guide: How to Successful Preparation for a Client Interview

Tech companies in Singapore are currently facing a talent shortage, and one of their goals is to expand their global teams by hiring software engineers in Vietnam. If you have previously applied to Singapore or US companies, you are likely familiar with the process of going through 3-4 rounds of tests and interviews. However, if you don’t have any experience applying for international companies, we will guide you through the process.

When applying to Singapore tech companies through Inspius, you need to go through the Inspius vetting process. After passing the primary vendor round of interviews, Inspius will evaluate you and send your profile to the company’s HR department in Singapore.

Depending on the customer, the candidate may be asked to complete a home assignment and interview with the CTO or PIC (Person In Charge) of that company’s engineering team. The interview usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour via Zoom call.

The content at the final interview round is usually related to the following topics:

  • Basic knowledge related to tech stack candidates apply. Singapore clients are very interested in the theory part, so this part takes up 50% of the interview time.
  • Candidate’s working experience: Our clients will ask about the projects you have participated in, the difficult problems of the project, and how you solve them.
  • Q&A on the technical issues of the project you’re applying for.

We strongly recommend you prepare for the interview and start not a day or two ahead of time so you have time to fill any gaps. Clients also benefit from the preparation because they can obtain all the necessary information about a specialist and make a more informed hiring decision.

Let’s go through some tips for a successful interview with Singapore clients.

Tips For Preparing The Last Client Round of Interviews

1. Do your research

Do some preliminary research to learn more about the organization interviewing you. The client’s website is a good place to start.

As you conduct your research, try to come up with at least three questions to ask the client. This demonstrates that you prepared for the interview and took it seriously. You may not have the opportunity to ask the questions or discover that you have better questions to ask as you go, but doing the research can help put you in the right mindset.

2. Self-reflection

During your interview, you may be faced with the question, “What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?”. Having a prepared response is a good idea.

Even if you aren’t asked that question, you should be prepared to answer questions about your strengths and weaknesses, particularly your job performance. Make sure you have a good understanding of areas where you’ve excelled in the past, areas where you’ve struggled, and examples and reasons for both.

3. Ask questions

Is it ok to ask an interviewer questions? Not only is it ok, but it’s also can be extremely productive for both sides. It shows your enthusiasm and gives you an advantage in the eyes of the interviewer.

This is an opportunity to show that you have done your research and are eager to learn more. Have questions about the position and the company. Two good questions are:

  • What were the strengths and weaknesses of the person that last held this position?
  • What are the performance expectations, and how will they be measured?

Inquiring about the company and its expectations demonstrates that you are genuinely interested in the position and want to make an informed decision if you are offered the position. This will improve your image significantly.

4. Rehearse with Inspius’s consultant

It will be difficult to talk for an hour if you do not regularly practice speaking English. Or if you use English most often at work, it can be difficult to talk about some general topics unrelated to technology.

As a result, it is preferable to begin planning ahead of time. You can practice rehearsing with Inspius’s Singapore Consultant to get familiar with the Singaporean accent.

Furthermore, the consultant will advise how to present the interview response so that the client receives the most important information. During this session, you can also freely discuss Inspius client information, project information, and other questions.

Here is a short video on how the rehearsal practice interview with Inspius’s Singapore consultant is conducted:

After the training session, the Inspius admin will send you an email summarizing the content you must prepare and some interview tips to easily conquer the client so you don’t miss any information.

5. Logistics

Make sure you’re prepared on the day of the interview. Allow yourself enough time; if necessary, block off time both before and after the interview to avoid being late or rushed.

All interview equipment, such as a laptop, headphones, or a PC with a webcam and audio, should be well prepared. Make sure your background is clear so that no one can walk around and cause a distraction.

Conclusion

Practicing your interview skills will help reduce stress and allow you to focus on connecting with your interviewer rather than struggling to come up with answers. The more you are familiar with the types of interview questions you will be asked, the better prepared you will be for the interview.

It’s natural to be nervous before a job interview, but a little preparation can make you feel calm, comfortable, and ready to talk about anything. We are always willing to assist in organizing more “interview preparation” sessions if you are still unsure and need more practice while waiting for the official interview.

Taking some time to practice to ace your job interviews and get your dream job. Good luck!