By Shahla Aliyeva
Android currently has the lion’s share of mobile operating systems in the market. With that, the demand for Android developers has continued to increase with time as numerous companies and individual entrepreneurs venture into the business of developing apps for the operating system. Securing a working position as an Android developer has also become a bit more challenging because of high competition. Many employers are using more stringent measures to choose their employees, in a bid to hire the best possible developers.
As a junior Android developer, it might be a bit challenging for you to secure a job because of a lack of experience. When in an interview, you have to perform exceptionally well to overshadow the other interviewees and secure the position. That means answering all the questions presented to you in the best possible way. Some of the questions that you can expect in the interview and the appropriate responses are highlighted below.
Why Should We Hire You?
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That is perhaps the most common question in an interview, which you need to be always prepared to answer. The right way to go about it is to talk about yourself in a very candid manner. It is an opportunity to get the interviewer to know you a little better concerning what you can do as an Android developer.
Start by talking about your interest in the Android development field. You can then talk about your career growth, including the highlights of the most impressive things you have ever done to get to the point in which you currently are in your career. You can then finish your answer by touching on the future, including what you intend to do for the company in the position for which you are applying.
What Are Your Professional Strengths?
For such a question, the key lies in being as accurate and as relevant as possible. Your professional strengths are what will give you an edge over other interviewees, so you should provide the best response to the question. Ensure that you relate all your experiences and skills with real-life scenarios, preferably those that can relate to the developer position. You should also highlight your willingness to learn and your ability to think creatively. Mentioning that you are a team player may also add you points.
What Is the Android Activity Lifecycle?
That is another basic question for an Android developer interview. For this, you need to be as thorough as you can when answering to showcase your knowledge. Your answer should start from when a user navigates an app for the instances to go through the different lifecycle stages. The four stages of the activity lifecycle are active or running, paused, stopped, and finished.
What Is Service in Android?
The correct answer is that service is a component of an application, which performs various background operations without providing a user interface. The three types of Android services available are scheduled, started, and bound. If time allows or the interviewer does not interrupt you, go ahead to explain the different types of services.
As an Android Developer, What Does the Term 'Intent' Mean to You?
Your answer should be ‘messaging objects’. For example, a developer will use an intent to pass data across screens. You can then talk about the two types of intent, which are implicit and explicit.
Getting Ready for an Interview as a Junior Android Developer
There is more to an Android developer interview than answering the questions correctly. To ensure that you leave nothing to chance, you need to prepare for the interview adequately. There are many things that you should do as part of your preparation, some of which are highlighted below.
Prepare Your Documents
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For starters, ensure that you have all the relevant documents ready. That includes your resume, cover letter, recommendation letters, and certificates. For the cover letter and resume, ensure that you write them using the right format. There's no need to use ornate fonts that are difficult to read. Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman, or fonts like these are best. Also, check that they have no grammatical error or any other error for that matter. Use a friendly but professional tone when writing and ensure that all information is up to date.
Update Yourself on News and Trends
You should update yourself on all the current trends or news that may come about before the date of your interview. As much as knowing everything is impossible, having more knowledge that can have contemporary relevance will always work to your benefit. It will show the interviewer how much you are interested in the field.
Research about the Company
Equipped yourself with as much information as you can about the company to which you are applying. The more you know about the company, the easier it will be for you to relate to the interviewer and give more relevant answers. Usually, most companies will have nearly all the information that you might need on their website.
Develop an App
You can also go ahead and develop an app that will help you to showcase your skills, which you can then present during your interview. It might be a bit challenging to develop a complicated app as a junior developer, but with all the time that you will have to prepare for the interview, you should come up with something impressive. Being able to show rather than tell will always work to your favour in an interview.
“It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk