You’ve just penciled in your next IT job interview. Now it’s time to research the company, practice your interview skills, and determine how you’re going to answer some of the most common interview questions.
No matter what IT job you’re interviewing for, however, you’ll want to steer clear of these six mistakes.
1. Asking about Salary
This is a surprisingly common interview mistake. Unless your interviewer is asking you for your salary expectations, leave these kinds of questions at the door.
While it’s understandable you want to know what the company will pay, money matters should only be discussed once a job offer is made. Asking during the interview gives the impression you only care about compensation.
Ask your interviewer some tough questions about job requirements and company culture to really impress them instead. If you really want to know about salaries, consider finding a guide to average expectations for the role or similar positions.
2. Talk to the Hand
You’ve taken a few practice runs of your interview and you’re feeling quite confident. You’ve got the answers down-pat.
Have you noticed your body language while you’re practicing interview questions? You may be saying all the right words, but your body language is saying something else entirely.
Interviews are stressful, so it makes sense you may fidget or tap your toes. You might slouch down in your chair or put your hands in your pockets. These are all poor body language signs that can give your interviewer the wrong impression.
Check out some body language tips and make sure you’re communicating the same message on all channels during your next IT job interview.
3. Not Doing Your Research
Researching the company was already mentioned above as something you should be doing before your next IT job interview. A surprising number of candidates don’t do any research before they meet with their interviewers.
Candidates who don’t do their homework beforehand tend to reveal themselves during the interview. They ask questions like, “What do you do?”
Candidates who fail to do research come across as unmotivated, which makes any hiring manager second-guess bringing them on board. It’s not unreasonable to expect a job candidate to have some basic knowledge of the company they’ve applied to work with.
Do a little research beforehand and you’ll perform better in your next interview.
4. Not Asking Questions
You did your research and you answered all of the interviewer’s questions perfectly. At the close of the interview, the floor is turned over to you. “Do you have any questions for us?” the interviewer asks.
Many candidates say “no” and end the interview. It’s unfortunate because the interview is also a chance for you to get to know the company a little better. Come prepared to ask some smart questions. You’ll leave a great impression on your interviewer.
5. Failing to Follow Up
Common courtesy after an interview is to send a quick “thank you” note to the interviewer. Many candidates wonder if this is a waste of time. Since interviewers and hiring managers receive so many applications and probably interview a few candidates, they’re likely overwhelmed by emails.
Sending a quick thank you takes almost no time, however, and it can make your name stick in the interviewer’s mind. It’s the professional and courteous thing to do.
6. Getting Too Personal
Sometimes, a question gets you in a little too deep. Try to avoid talking too much about personal experiences. Instead, stick to professional situations and examples. Your interviewer wants to hear about the time your team solved a particularly sticky development issue, not the time you went on vacation and lost your suitcase.
Always present yourself in a professional manner. The tips here can help you achieve that for your next IT job interview.