How to Prepare for an Interview as an AWS Developer

Very few people can excel in an interview without taking some time to prepare. Even if you are a skilled Amazon Web Services (AWS) Developer and your skills are in high demand, walking into an interview without a clue as to what you’re going to say is rarely a wise approach.

Reviewing the questions that will be asked and practicing your answers is a smart move. It ensures that you can clearly articulate what you have to offer, allowing you to make sure that you aren’t stuck stumbling through a response.

If you want to make sure you are prepared for your interview as an AWS Developer, here are some tips that can help.

Know the Questions You’ll Face

While every interview is different, mainly because it will feature questions specific to the role the hiring manager is trying to fill, many of the questions will fall in the same vein. By knowing what you’ll likely be asked, you can prepare answers in advance. You’ll be able to figure out how best to discuss what you bring to the table in the context of those questions, ensuring you can showcase yourself as an exceptional candidate.

Some potential questions you may face include:

  • Can you describe your systems architecture experience?
  • What’s your background with AWS?
  • Can you define what a network is and the different types that exist?
  • What DevOps tools have you used? Which do you prefer?
  • What’s your cloud experience beyond AWS?
  • Do you have any AWS certifications? Which ones?

It’s also wise to expect some questions focused on the nuances of being an AWS Developer. For example, you might be asked to describe the purpose of T2 instances or to discuss what occurs when you stop or terminate an Amazon EC2 instance.

Questions focused on your soft skills are also a regular occurrence in an AWS Developer interview. It’s common for hiring managers to ask how you’ve handled a disagreement with a coworker in the past or how you respond to negative feedback, for example.

Preparing Your Answers

When you practice your interview answers, you need to target your responses to the role. Review the job description and look for keywords. Often, the keywords are indications of the hiring manager’s priorities. By knowing what they are, you can integrate them into your answers.

Next, consider what accomplishments align with those priorities. It’s always best to answer a question by highlighting an achievement, as this showcases your capabilities better than merely listing skills or duties.

Then, work to quantify the details. Numbers are powerful in an interview; they provide the hiring manager with valuable context.

Finally, try to use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method for behavioral questions. It ensures you use a storytelling approach, making your responses more compelling and thorough.

Ultimately, by using the tips above, you can prepare for your AWS Developer interview and increase your odds of landing the job. If you’d like to learn more about how to forward your AWS Developer career, the team at The Squires Group can help. Contact us today and see how our interviewing expertise can benefit you.

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