Technical Interview

A technical interview typically features questions that are specific to the role you have applied for. These might include brain teaser questions and/or numerical reasoning questions.

Technical interviews are generally used to assess candidates for technical or specialist graduate job positions (such as jobs in IT, Engineering and Science), rather than for general graduate schemes.

Types of Technical Interview

It is not unusual for an interviewer to show a candidate a wiring diagram or a line of computer code and expect instant analysis in a technical interview.

Candidates should bear in mind that interviewers are not just interested in technical knowledge (although this is very important) but also how candidates approach problems, construct their thought process, and demonstrate personal skills, such as communication.

A technical interview can feel daunting. Preparing as much as you can will give you confidence to perform on the day.

Technical Interview Questions

In a technical interview candidates are likely to be asked questions that:

  • Relate to specific knowledge about the company's technical activities;
  • Relate to understanding the technical work required to be completed as part of the job applied for;
  • Relate to work completed as part of a degree course (if this relates to the job applied for);
  • Require candidates to solve actual technical problems that they would be likely to face if employed.

Candidates may also be asked brain teaser questions and difficult numerical reasoning questions, such as:

  • What is the degree angle between the hour and minute hand of a clock at 3:15pm?
  • What is 17 x 18?
  • How many manhole covers are there in London?
  • Why are manhole covers round?

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Further Reading

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