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The Interview Questions Every .NET Developer Should Be Prepared to Answer

Posted: 4 Jan 2018

The Interview Questions Every .NET Developer Should Be Prepared to Answer

Following our series of guides, which have included Prepping for a Business Analyst Interview and How to Secure the Perfect Reference, we are now going to look into what you should expect from a job interview for a .Net Developer role.

For many interviews in the tech industry, the process is multi-tiered. Those doing the hiring not only want to know that you are an expert in your field, but that you will be a good fit for the team overall, based on your work history and non-technical skills.

If you are looking to apply, or have applied, for one of the .NET Developer jobs in Ireland we have listed on our site, take a look at some of the questions you might expect to hear in the interview:

How do you stay up to date with the latest technology developments?

It is argued that this is one of – if not the most – important question you will be asked in your interview. Staying up to date in such a fast-paced industry is key, and hiring managers will want to hear specific and substantive examples of the ways you improve your development skills.

Are there any hobby projects that you have been working on, or can you show examples of any new cutting-edge certifications? Have some examples ready that will validate your quest for the latest .NET developments.

Describe some bad code you have read or fixed

This is an easy way for the interviewer to determine whether you can tell the difference between well-functioning, clean code and broken, messy code. This might sound like an odd question, seeing as .NET Developers are coding experts, but, by posing this question, the interviewer is not only testing your prowess as a coder; they are answering a more hidden question of whether you are willing to fix the bad code or let it be “good enough”.

Why do you prefer .NET over other frameworks? What do you like and dislike about working with it?

This question offers you the chance to demonstrate your knowledge in a more open-ended way. It is best to give specific examples of why you picked .NET over other frameworks, particularly drawing from your own career when you’ve been given a choice. By expanding on your knowledge of .NET, justifying why you have picked it and acknowledging its drawbacks, you can prove that your expertise falls in line with what is required for the position.

Why do you think you would be a good fit for this opportunity?

Interviewers don’t always try and catch you out with trick questions; often, they will just ask you point blank to assess your interests and qualifications for the role.

To answer this question, you should draw on your previous examples of success working in a similar role, highlighting your technical competency. This should be combined with the reasons why you are particularly excited to work for this company and role. Showing enthusiasm can go a long way in demonstrating your personality, engagement and how you will fit into the culture of the business.

What are some enjoyable projects you have worked on in the past?

You will have no doubt had your share of favourable and not so favourable projects that you have worked on in the past, but before you jump right in and answer, consider the reason why you are being asked this. This question is less about the project itself and more about why you enjoyed it. Did it allow you to showcase your skills? Was it more of a team-based project or were you given a key section to complete on your own?

The reason why you enjoyed the projects can be as technical or personal as you like; you just need to make sure you reiterate what the project allowed you to do and how you can transfer those abilities to your new role.

Tell me about a time you failed

Similar to the age-old “what are your weaknesses?”, this question is less about learning about your failures but more of what you learnt from your failures. Everyone makes mistakes, but it is how you learn from them that will set you apart.

Demonstrate how you have grown from the mistake and how you would alter your decision-making process in the future to ensure you don’t make the same mistake again. Not only does this show adaptability, but it also displays a sense of humility and shows that you are able to learn from previous experiences, which is something that employers value.

Tell me about a time a project allowed you to demonstrate your non-technical strengths

If there has been a time when you had to step into a leadership role, or a time when you were given a lot of individual working responsibility, this is the time to talk about it.

Whatever the experience is, you should highlight a positive example of when you were placed outside of your comfort zone but thrived in doing so. This question also offers you the chance to reiterate your communication skills, as well as your position as an expert in your field.

What would you do if you didn’t think you could meet a project deadline?

As this is a hypothetical scenario, the answer doesn’t have to be concrete, and it is OK to acknowledge this. You should use this opportunity to unveil your potential, as well as your time management and critical thinking skills. “What if” questions are asked to challenge you to respond more organically, so show thoughtfulness and creativity in your answer to convince your interviewers.

By displaying both your technical and non-technical skills and abilities with thoughtful responses to the questions, you can demonstrate that you are a well-rounded individual who is the perfect fit for the company in question.

Here at Eolas Recruitment, we also conduct a thorough analysis to ensure that you are the correct fit for both the company and the role. Our Specialist Recruiters have extensive knowledge of the industry, helping find the right fit for all parties involved. Please contact us today and let us find you your dream tech job.

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