17 Jun

4 Interview Tips from an IT Recruiter

Posted by John Brandwagt

Even if you’ve spent years in your field and you have all the best references in credentials, chances are you aren’t immune to catching a case of pre-interview nerves. There are a hundred different things you need to review before entering into a big interview, and even just the smallest slip up could cost you the job of your dreams.

Never fear—an IT recruiter is here to tell you about some of the best ways to prepare for an interview, and let you in on some of the tips and tricks that will wow any hiring manager. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Re-evaluate Your Goals

When you’re applying for multiple jobs at one time, sometimes it can be difficult to remember why you wanted that one job specifically—especially if you’ve been to multiple interviews in a short span of time.

Before your interview, you need to sit down and prepare a specific and meaningful answer as to why you want the job. Unsurprisingly, most hiring managers aren’t going to be impressed by your desire to get paid; they want to hear that the job is appealing to you for concrete reasons. Are you interested in their company culture? Do you admire their social media presence? Do you believe in their company’s vision? Re-evaluating your goals as a jobseeker will give you the chance to reflect on why you applied to their company in the first place—while also giving you the chance to show off how dedicated you are to the position.

2. Do Your Research

The majority of tech companies have corporate values that they believe in strongly, and it’s your duty as a dedicated job seeker to find out what those values are and to tie them into your answers. Corporate principles play a major role in establishing leadership potential and cultural fit, so before your next interview ensure that you do research on your potential employer’s values—which can usually be found on their website’s “About” page. If they mention their dedication to sustainability, find a way to weave your green IT initiatives into your answers. If they outline their dedication to customer service, make sure to discuss how you’ve built up your hospitality and communication skills. An IT recruiter for a business isn’t just looking to fill an empty position—they want to ensure that you’ll fit in well with their company, too.

3. Be Specific

For a hiring manager, there’s nothing worse than a candidate who dances around their answers without ever getting to the point. When you’re a job seeker, you need to ensure that you’re giving specific examples to illustrate their questions, while keeping your answers down to the bare bones of what’s needed to still give a full answer. Whenever you’re asked a question, practice listening attentively—and then find the most direct route to your answer. You don’t need to provide years of backstory to answer a question about how you worked in a team environment—just give your best concrete example while ending with a major learning theme.

4. Close the Deal Without Being Overt

An IT recruiter will spend a lot of time dealing with confident employees in their lifetime—but there’s definitely such a thing as overconfidence in an interview. Asking questions about whether or not you’re a leading candidate or if you have what it takes to become a c-level executive at their company is not the right route to take to show your self-assurance. Putting a hiring manager on the spot like that can work heavily against you, so taking a more subtle route of showing strong interest in the position and following up with a thank-you note will be much more beneficial to you.

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Topics: IT Recruiting

John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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