As an interview coach, your job is to help students practice their interview skills. You will come to Ada for an afternoon, sit in a room with a whiteboard, and conduct a series of interviews with our students. It's a lot of fun!
To become an Interview Coach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I expect?
- Our mock interviews are generally in the afternoons around 1-5pm.
- You give us your availability and we will send a calendar invite for a time slot
- When you get to the location, we will place you in a small room with a whiteboard
- Students will not bring their laptops with them unless you ask us to request that ahead of time
- Students will be nervous (who isn't in an interview?!)
- Students are looking for constructive, helpful feedback to improve their interviewing skills. This is a learning activity for them!
- You choose your own questions to ask and provide feedback at the end
What is the format?
|Mock Interviews for Internships||Mock Interviews for Full Time positions|
|These practice interviews will be 30 minute blocks consisting of:
||These practice interviews will be 1 hour blocks consisting of:
What questions should I ask?
In general, getting comfortable with the format and practicing solving problems and communicating ideas using a whiteboard is more important than solving a challenging problem.
You may ask any questions that you like, especially if you have some particular questions that you like to ask; but please consider the following information when picking your questions to make sure that you have an understanding of where our students are and what they have learned.
|Example Questions to Ask||Example Questions NOT to Ask|
What else do I need to know?
- Check out our syllabus for more info about what the students are learning in class!
- Our students are women and gender diverse people. Please introduce yourself with pronouns ("Hi, my name is Ada Lovelace and my pronouns are she/her") and try to avoid gendered vocabulary ("women", "ladies", "you guys", etc.). This isn't always easy and we don't expect perfection, but we do expect a sincere effort.
- Our students are new to coding! Your job is to help them skill up at something hard. Specifically, try to avoid referring to concepts as something that "programmers should already know", as something that "you can't get a job if you don't understand", or as “easy”. We have found that this is discouraging, not helpful. Things that are easy to you may be difficult to someone else, and trivializing them trivializes a person who struggles with them.
- Do not "well, actually" your interviewee, instead let them complete their thoughts and hold your feedback until the feedback phase of the interview.
- Do not look at your phone instead of your interviewee.
- Stay on schedule! Make sure that all students feel like they got the same energy and time as their peers.
- Remember that our students all quit their jobs and found means to dedicate a year of their life to this program. Programming is not a hobby to them.