Three Tips to Master the Unconventional Interview Question

Even during an interview you are well-prepared for, it’s normal to feel a little nervous.Three Tips to Mastering the Unconventional Despite practice, you never know when or if you’re going to get an unexpected question.

Before you answer with the first words that come into your head, consider these three tips:

Relax

Jumping in to a response just to say something could harm the quality of your answer. Take a few breaths, and use what Forbes calls “positive self-talk” to boost internal morale. Remember that you are qualified for the job, and think about how that question could potentially be related to the position.

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From Hackers to High School: Computer science is more important than ever

Hackers, 1995Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller looked pretty cool in their 1995 movie, Hackers, but unfortunately they did not inspire a nation of students to learn computer science. In retrospect they did contribute to creating awareness that students are capable of excelling in the subject. Imagine what path Dade “Zero Cool” Murphy (Miller) might have taken with focused classes that taught him the many ways he could use his skills, beyond pulling pranks on the secret service.

As a state, Minnesota is ranked highly for open IT jobs, but the real issue is if there are enough qualified applicants available to fill roles in the future. With two-thirds of the roughly 150,000 computer science jobs in the country that go unfilled each year, there is a growing need for more high schools to prepare students for possible computer science careers.  While some, like Burnsville High School, are home to one of six winners of the Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Award and have curriculum available for students, many more leave it up to students’ own devices if they want to learn. While many IT professionals find success with self-teaching until the college level, many are now participating in creating online programs to make the learning process simpler for future generations.

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Getting Comfortable in your New Job: Three steps to succeeding in a new environment

Getting ready to start a new job?  Congratulations, we are excited about everyGetting Comfortable In Your New IT Job or Gig success story! Your next hurdle will be the first few days, meeting co-workers, learning the company culture and getting used to the way your new company does business. Instead of stressing over proving yourself to your co-workers, it’s important to remember that:

You Are New to the Company

While you may be perfectly qualified for the position, and you aren’t participating in any training, that doesn’t mean you can simply slide in unnoticed. You’re new here, and it’s important to step back and accept this fact. Understanding the company culture and remembering the names and faces of your co-workers and higher-ups is just as important to your success as having the skills required to do the job. So don’t bypass the little things simply because no one is testing you in a training session; seek out the information and prove that you care about more than the paycheck.

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