7 Jun

Job Candidates: Stop Doing These 5 Things in Interviews

Posted by John Brandwagt

Even if you’re a candidate who’s more than qualified for the position you’re interviewing for, you can easily miss your chance to represent your best side if you aren’t conscientious enough.

Bad hires cost companies of all sizes hundreds of thousands of dollars in HR resources, retraining, and more. Above all, the worst type of bad hire for a company that makes tech projects a priority is a candidate who is culturally unfit for the tech team and work environment. If a candidate can’t demonstrate that he would be a good team player and would generally see eye to eye with staff and company culture, he is guaranteed a failed interview experience.

So, job candidates, what faux pas should you be aware of going into a tech interview these days? Below we discuss five practices or habits you should break before meeting the hiring manager.

1. Don’t Have an Overly Casual Appearance

Yes, we know a lot more companies these days are establishing casual dresscodes. But wait until you’re hired and acquainted with a company’s policies on appearance before you decide to show up in wrinkled jeans and sneakers.

According to Jobvite’s 2016 Recruiter Nation survey, which takes stock of what both recruiters and job candidates are doing to adapt to fierce tech job competition, 62 percent of recruiters say that casual dress is a red flag in an interview situation. If you are unsure of what to wear, do some research on the company you’re interviewing for or err on the side of caution and dress more business conservative.

2. Don’t Be a Poor Listener

Poor listening skills won’t get you anywhere in the business world. When you work with a tech team, no matter if you have a leading or supporting role in a project, excellent communication skills are vital. You won’t be able to properly receive feedback if you have poor listening skills. Being an effective communicator is also key to proving you’re not arrogant to work with as well.

3. Don’t Overemphasize Your Tech Skills

This piece of advice most likely sounds counterintuitive, but it makes more sense when you give it some thought. Even if you have all the IT skills recruiters are looking for in 2017, you want to give the interviewer the impression that you’re more than just your certifications and the credentials on your resume.

Remember that you’re applying to be a part of a business that values technology but also cares about using technology towards driving specific goals. If you are solely focused on the tech skills you have in and of themselves, this only shows the hiring manager that you are unable to think of IT in the context of the company.

4. Don’t Be Uninformed

In the internet age, there’s absolutely no excuse for job candidates to be unaware of a company’s profile and what the brand is known for. Way before your interview date, you should be aware of what the position you’re applying for entails, what way the company fits into the bigger picture of the tech industry, and what the brand is all about.

5. Don’t Fail to Close the Interview

When your interview is drawing to a finish, make sure to end off on a confident note. It might be too aggressive to ask, “When do I start?” However, it’s equally as damning to give the interviewers the impression that you’re relieved the process is over. Thank them for the opportunity and state your interest in the position. 

Want to know more about how to land your dream IT job? Consider working with an IT recruitment firm. A recruiter can offer interview tips to nail your next interview.

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Topics: IT Jobs

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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