4 Jan

5 Interview Tips from IT Recruiting Companies

Posted by John Brandwagt

Everyone knows the general techniques that make for a successful interview experience. Dress to impress (but not too flashy), practice answers to common questions beforehand, do your company research…but are there any interview strategies that we might have misperceptionsabout? Just the same as resume writing, you can never sharpen your interview techniques too much. Specifically considering that interviews for IT positions concern questions and interview styles that are more specialized, you want to be ready for any scenario.

So, without further ado, here are 5 interview tips from IT recruiting companies to help you do just that.

1. Be Able to Answer Why You Want the Position

As a candidate for an IT position, you are often seeking a new opportunity while you are still employed at another company. Because of the ongoing skills shortage, you might be looking to partner with IT recruiting companies who can help place you in a company that fits your strengths and goals as an IT professional. Perhaps your current company is simply too demanding and you are looking for a change of pace. Whatever the case may be, avoid talking too much about why you are leaving your current position in an interview.

What interviewerswant to hear about is what piqued your interest about the position at the company you are gunning for. This is your chance to prove you have done your company research and demonstrate how you fit the bill for its posted job description.

2. Integrate Your Prospective Company’s Values into Your Answers

This tip seems like a cheat at first blush, doesn’t it? Of course, a company wants to hear its praises sung from the interviewee, but that’s not what this tip is getting at. It’s actually an extension of the first tip. Cultural and organizational fit are crucial for IT positions, so interviewers will be impressed if you can show them how you possess this important quality. 

For example, if the company you are interviewing for really values teamwork and loyalty, bring up an example of how an important project of yours succeeded because your leadership was focused on those principles.

3. Be Precise and Concise

IT recruiting companies and other hiring professionals want to know that you are confident in your abilities and are enthusiastic about the position. At the same time, they have a limited amount of time and want complete information from your answers to their questions. Try to catch yourself if you feel your anecdotes or explanations are becoming long-winded.

Proving that you have good oral communication skills, one of the most desirable soft skills in IT, will definitely give you a competitive edge as a candidate.

4. Don’t Prompt the Interviewer’s Decision

IT is a competitive and fast-paced field, and there is currently a high demand for professionals skilled in specific technical specialties. For instance, if you are a software or web developer or an expert in cloud technology, you stand a good chance of getting many offers of employment sent to you. Despite this being the state of affairs, it’s bad etiquette to conclude an interview by asking the recruiters whether or not they will be taking you on. It’s great to show pride and confidence in your skillsets, but trying to seal the deal before the interviewers have had time to deliberate can make you seem overeager. It can also make the interviewers feel pressured and uncomfortable—not the best first impression to make. 

5. Send an Eloquent Thank-You Note

One of the best ways to end an interview experience on a good note (pun intended) is to send a well-written thank you to the interviewer. Some good practices for sending a thank-you note are to send an e-mail within 24 hours of the interview;keep it short (5–6 sentences max); make sure it’s grammatically flawless; and make sure it focuses on a summary of what was discussed during the interview.

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Topics: Job Search

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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