In the world of IT job or contract gig seeking, we often focus a lot of energy on resumes, technical summaries, networking, and other key facets to landing an interview. While all of these are important, perhaps more important—especially when it comes to in-demand .NET developer positions—is how you handle the interview itself. For many IT pros, the interview process is multitiered. Hiring managers not only want to know that you are an expert in your field of technology—they want to ensure you are a good fit for their team overall, based on your work history and nontechnical skills.
When interviewing candidates, you are looking for more than just a person to occupy a seat; you want to find the right applicant who will help your business flourish. Failing to ask probing interview questions can leave you ill-equipped to identify which candidate will help truly support your best business practices.
Before you meet with your next interviewee, consider asking questions that dig deeper into these topics to help you get the information you need to make the best decision for your business.
Fortunately, IT job seekers and contract professionals don’t need a fairy godmother to grant this wish. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the best interviews are conversations, not interrogations. And in order to keep your interviewer engaged in your conversation, you need to know how to tell a good story. Fortunately, we have tips for telling three key stories in your next interview.
Think back to your childhood: to the stories you heard at bedtime, at school, around the campfire. In some ways, wasn’t the experience of being told a story just as enjoyable as hearing the story itself? Similarly, a successful interview requires good storytelling. A story told right is memorable and interesting, gives you substance, and will help hiring managers separate you from the pack of paper resumes and interviews they’ve conducted. Answer the following questions to help you prepare your stories in advance, and you’ll be sure to captivate your audience.
Whether your plans for 2016 include searching for new IT gigs, advancing your career by acquiring additional IT certifications, or going after an Academy Award, a strong personal branding strategy is essential to launch you into the next season. While you may not be able to spend the millions of dollars on your personal branding campaign that Hollywood invests in the Oscars each year, you can gain valuable insight by seeking self-promotion and marketing tips from the film industry experts. Keeping these 4 tips in mind at your next IT interview will help you to improve upon and spread the word about your professional reputation by focusing on those unique attributes and soft skills which make you the right fit for a new gig.
Make a lasting impression at your interview by skillfully navigating the inevitable opener: “so… tell me about yourself.” No matter how many key interviewing stories you have in your back-pocket, many IT consultants still feel uncertain about how to approach this open-ended start to an interview. However, this opener is nothing to shy from: It is a terrific opportunity to take charge of the interview and talk about your strengths, qualifications, and why you’d be good at the job, while also expressing who you are personally and professionally to your interviewer. You want to interest and impress your prospective employer without running the risk of talking too long and becoming boring, or giving a negative impression. Make the most of the opportunity to “tell about yourself” by having a three-minute (or so) answer prepared. Turn to the examples of movie trailers – which similarly aim to deliver a strong message in a tight time frame— to help you navigate your story with personality, engage your interviewers, and leave them wanting more.
When it comes to finding the perfect job, do you feel like you’ve got better luck finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Don’t rely on luck when it comes to happiness in your next job. If the position seems perfect in almost every way, take the time to carefully consider these questions before accepting the offer:
How do you feel about the commute?
Location should be more than an afterthought when it comes to your next job. Decide what elements of a commute are important to you when you’re applying for a job, such as time commitment, the density of traffic, or the ability to travel by public transit. Some aspects of your job can change, but the location is fairly permanent. Pay attention to the commute when you travel to your interview to see how it fits into your criteria. Avoid burnout from your commute by figuring out what is most important to you before accepting a new position.
In the same way that seasons change, so do our interviewing practices. Conducting a Skype interview doesn’t have to be difficult. Take advantage of the medium and avoid distractions. Get the most from your Skype interview with these tips:
Turn It Off
One of the easiest mistakes to make while giving Video interviews, or phone interviews for that matter, is to leave other electronics running that distract us from the task at hand: discovering if the person interviewing is a good fit for your company. Respect your time and theirs by turning off notifications, setting your cell phone to the side, and giving your undivided attention to the interviewee. Don’t miss a key sentence or opportunity to learn more because of an email notification.
You may have the best technical skills of any IT pro in the market, but if you’re missing these three important soft skills, you could be in trouble on the job front. While some soft skills are universally important, others take greater precedence depending on the industry in which you work. Whether you’re getting ready to interview or working to develop your skills, these three attributes are especially important for the tech professional.
Ask any seasoned IT pro, and they’ll tell you that a flexible nature is a must-have in the tech world. Flexibility means maintaining a positive attitude and reprioritizing as issues arise. Software doesn’t always function properly, computers crash, and humans error at inconvenient times- like outside of business hours. An ability to go with the flow is a great way to impress your employer and make you an invaluable part of IT.
Sometimes the best place to start is getting back to the basics. It can be tempting to dive right into the job search and apply for every job remotely connected to your skill set but it’s important to pause and take a moment to assess what you want from a job. Here are 5 checklist items to help you get a great job for you.
1. Develop the job description for the job you want:
Take some time when you begin your job search to discover what exactly you’d like to be doing. Which technologies do you want to use and how do you want to use them? A great way to do this is to look at previous jobs and pinpoint what you liked and didn’t like about each of these jobs. This will give you a starting point to understand where your passions are in your industry.
Having the right equation can make all the difference in your job search. Take some of these lessons from the Big Bang crew to make positive and long lasting impression with your interviewer, from making a bold move to learning the right non-verbals. We have some insight from all your favorite characters for your next interview.
What we learn from Leonard:
Leonard may fit into the “nerd” or “geek” category, but he’s constantly open to trying new things, even encouraging his friend and roommate, Sheldon, to break out of his rigid routine. Break out of your normal routine for job searching. Take a chance and go after a job that might be “out of your league”. Interviewing for a job out of your league requires you to stretch yourself and prove you have what it takes. In your interview, make a bold move by sharing how you can be a successful addition to the company. It’s often bold moves that impress an interviewer.