Hunting for a new job in any sector can be a gruelling task and ICT jobs are no different. Many interview rules that apply to other sectors apply just as well in the tech sector but there are some elements of interviewing that are particular to tech sector jobs.
We have compiled ten tips to help make sure that when you find your ideal tech job you have the best chance of getting it.
1. Be prepared. Your CV should be up to date, with your latest jobs and education qualifications. You should know your CV like the back of your hand so that when questions come up you can reply confidently. Your LinkedIn profile should also be up to date and mirror your CV. Be creative with your LinkedIn profile. Add in slideshows, videos or presentations that highlight your experience.
2. Always make sure to introduce yourself to interviewers. Repeating their names out loud, especially in a panel interview, makes you more likely to remember them at the end.
3. If you have been out of work for a while have an outline prepared, listing professional development courses or personal projects you have been doing in the meantime to keep your skills up to date.
4. Similarly, keep track of any technical books and manuals you have been reading. If the interviewer asks what you have been reading lately he’s not wondering about the latest Game of Thrones novel.
5. You should also prepare a list of technical documents and white papers you have written yourself. These can also be included in your LinkedIn profile under publications.
If you have not written any, outline some ideas for papers you hope to write or would be interested in writing.
6. Prepare solid questions to ask the interviewer. These should cover career progression, programs they implement to maintain job satisfaction and any scope they provide for working on personal projects. Consider your own value as a potential employee. Don’t just ask questions designed to make the interviewers feel good about their company. Find out if this company is really a good match for you.
7. You will likely be asked how your last job ended. If it was not amicable don’t use it as an opportunity to bash your previous employer. Explain what you took away from the situation and how you learned from your mistakes.
8. Don’t rest on your laurels. Your CV will list your achievements but an interviewer might ask if these achievements were 100% a success. Consider how you could have done an even better job than you did. Don’t miss an opportunity to show that you constantly strive to better yourself.
9. Take the initiative. No one wants to hire someone who is going to bring every problem back to them. Demonstrating that you have your own initiative is critical. Don’t just wait for them to ask you about it, look for opportunities to demonstrate it proactively during the interview.
10. The old strengths and weaknesses chestnut might seem like a joke question at this point but it will come up and everyone knows it. When you know a question is coming up it looks particularly bad if you fumble it. Take time to think about your response.
Try to look for something that is not only a genuine answer but also unique, something left-field that they might not have heard before. This will demonstrate that you have particular insight into your own capabilities and will make more of an impression on the interviewer.