Interview advice hasn’t changed much over the last few decades. Even with the rise of technology, key methods have remained the same – practice and prepare. Here are some of the best ways to implement tried-and-true interviewing techniques in your modern IT job interview process.
Do Your Research
Employers want to know you’re not only just a skilled asset, but an invested potential employee. One way to show the interest and enthusiasm is to make sure you’re educated on everything from their history to their upcoming product launches. In the past, job applicants may have reached out to their professional network to find connections who might know someone at the company who could answer questions or provide insight. Now, instead of using a Rolodex, applicants can use LinkedIn and Glassdoor to learn everything from the company’s core values to what past applicants brought to the position. The internet has made this process much easier, and because it’s so easy to find out information about a job, a company, or a product line, there’s no excuse for not doing your homework.
The truth is you won’t know exactly what will be asked at your interview, but it’s easier than ever to prepare for the possibilities. Glassdoor reviews can offer insight on what applicants are asked at interviews, and a simple online search can help you find lists of commonly asked interview questions. While you can’t memorize answers to every potential question, get comfortable answering questions about your past experiences. When looking at lists of questions, write out answers to help your mind become more familiar with how you want to respond to them. A well-prepared, but not overly rehearsed, interview exchange can go a long way towards helping you engage with your interviewer.
Show Up Prepared
In the age of digital resumes and portfolios, you might think you don’t need to bring hard copies of application materials, but you should. If there are last-minute additions to the interview who didn’t get a printout or the interviewer isn’t working from a laptop, you’ll want to be able to provide them with at least a resume for reference. While anyone interviewing applicants should be familiar with their background, you can show you’re adaptable and prepared for anything with copies of your resume, a notebook, a pen, and even a business card.
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