Interview Question: What beta toys are you playing with?

Software Developer Interview QuestionBeing a software developer in the 21st century requires dedication and passion to keep learning amid constant change. Since technology advances rapidly, it is a must for developers to keep up with trends. This includes playing with beta toys from time to time. If this question suddenly comes up in your interview, do you know how to ace it?

Before a technology becomes mainstream, software developers need to learn it thoroughly to be able to share how the features work and see how it affects development. If you fail to do so, you may be lagging behind, and you won’t be perceived as an effective software developer compared to others.

If you are unsure how to answer this question, refer to the tips below for ideas:

Find out why playing with recent beta toys is important. Remember that your job requires you to learn how technology works every time there are changes. This includes the latest beta toys being released.

Getting hold of a developer’s preview is a great opportunity for you to learn new skills and widen your knowledge in your field of expertise. If you determine that you’ve been left behind current trends, it may be difficult to catch up.

Learn why this question is important for hiring managers. This question can act as a gauge for recruiters to know if you have the heart and passion for what you do. If you sincerely love being a developer, you’re much less likely to let yourself lag behind the trends of the latest technology.

Remember that knowledge becomes defunct rapidly in the tech world. If you don’t update your knowledge, you can’t expect yourself to make it through the next interview screening.

List all the beta toys you’re playing with. This should be easy since all you’ll need is a pen and paper. Start with the ones all the way to the more recent beta toys. Jot down your thoughts, including your ratings, comments, and your verdict. This piece of information may come in handy if a recruiter wants your thoughts on a specific piece of technology.

Learn how each beta toy works. Don’t pretend to be a know-it-all. Mention only those toys that you’re familiar with. Do your research days before the interview to help increase your knowledge.

Organize your answers and practice. Once you have a draft of how to answer this interview question, try reading it out loud; add a touch of confidence. (Don’t overdo it. You don’t want to sound as if you’ve been reading the same lines over and over again for days.)

Learning trends in the tech biz is a must for every software developer. Like it or not, it’s a crucial part of being a successful developer.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.