24: Behavioral Interviews with... Me?

Ever do an interview and wonder what the person on the other side of the table is thinking? In this episode, you get a chance to hear exactly that. Immediate feedback following a practice behavioral interview with Rachel from Career Services. The twist? For the first time in Impostor Syndrome, I'm the interviewee.

Note: Unfortunately the recording was done in a busy room with a partially obstructed mike situation for Rachel. I have done our best to tweak the sound levels to balance things and apologize in advance. I work with what I've got!

Show Notes


  • Tell me a little about yourself and what got you interested in engineering?
  • What kind of work environment are you looking for in the next company you take?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a developer?
  • Tell me about a group project that you are passionate about, what was it and what was your contribution?
  • How would your co-workers describe you?
  • Tell me about a time where you and your teammates didn’t agree, how did you communicate your frustrations and what was the outcome?


  • Construct a story for the interviewer to follow. Plug gaps.
  • Body posture, eye contact, laugh
  • Find a real weakness, relate that to something positive-ish, avoid tropes
  • Think about how your coworkers would describe you
  • Every negative thing is a learning opportunity, focus on that
  • Bonus: Giant list of non-technical questions you may be asked


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