Technology isn’t going anywhere, and with that, the demand for IT professionals is greater than ever. However, being an experienced professional may not be enough for you to land that dream position in tech. In this week’s blog post, we’re sharing our top tips seasoned by the everlasting wisdom from our HR team at Tesonet on how to nail your interview and become the next tech guru of the decade (only if you want to, of course).
Before the interview:
Tip 1. Prep the resume. Most people have one version of their resume and attach the same document everywhere. That works if you’re applying to one specific job, like Python Developer. Yet, if you have a wider profile and want to try your luck at a few different roles – modify it. Let’s say you want to apply to be a copywriter in one company and a content manager in another. So, what you should do is highlight your experience and skills as a copywriter or content manager on two different resumes crafted for each position separately. Make sure to google and use the keywords related to those positions and emphasize the knowledge that you have of the respective company or industry you’re trying to join.
Tip 2. Do your background checks. It goes without saying – make sure that your socials are all decked out and ready to go. And, yes, that means Linkedin, too. A good recruiter will check your presence on socials and evaluate what you’re projecting on there. So make sure that your online image goes along with the company values.
Tip 3. Don’t go applying to every open position. We get it – you like the company and want to work there. But did you know that applying to every job ad that has the slightest correlation with your resume decreases your chances of getting an interview? For the recruiters, it looks like you don’t know your own mind. So, evaluate your experience and pick the job wisely. However, if you’ve been rejected, don’t be afraid to submit your resume again. Tech companies receive hundreds of applications, and sometimes it’s really easy to miss the good ones.
Tip 4. Research the company and the position. The interviews in the company are usually conducted based on real situations, meaning that you may get a lot of questions related to that role. In this case, research is crucial. Don’t go all lazy and skip this part – knowing your bearings will only help keep your cool if any unexpected questions arise. The same goes for the company part – do your information check and see what comes on Google and socials. You’ll also get asked if you have any questions yourself – prepare a few and dig deep. The more focused on the job they are, the better. Details are your friends, dear candidate.
Tip 5. Self-analyse yourself. Prepare your strengths and weaknesses. This is a classic, yet, a lot of people struggle with this question. Be specific about it and think how they relate to the position you’re trying to get. Another thing that may help is researching interview questions and practicing your answers. There’s tons of material online with information for recruiters and candidates alike, and guess what – your interviewer probably has googled some questions for inspiration, too.
During the interview:
Tip 6. Don’t be late. Sounds basic, but a basic mistake is a mistake nonetheless. Especially if your interview is done remotely – it’ll just look like tardiness and disrespect for the interviewer. If you have a legit reason for your lateness, inform the interviewer in advance.
Tip 7. Check devices. For the remote interview, check all your equipment – are all the settings right, does the camera and microphone work as they should? There’s nothing more stressful than connecting and adjusting the settings for the microphone to work on a specific app. So, make sure to cover all your bases.
Tip 8. Be honest and specific. The truth will out, eventually. Many people tend to beautify their resumes and sell themselves as more qualified professionals than they already are. Don’t. The time will come to perform, and if you can’t deliver on your words, it’ll reflect on your evaluation. Better to say that you don’t know some things, but you’re highly motivated to learn them. Another part is being concise and to the point – keep your answers informative, yet, don’t go all Shakespearean talking about your experience. It just distracts the interviewer from the topics at hand.
Tip 9. Talk about yourself. When the time comes to share about you and your experience, don’t go “Oh, I’m just a regular…”. Be proud of your accomplishments, and be sure to list them. However, boasting is not advised either – so keep a nice balance between presenting yourself in the best possible light and talking like you’re the second person who discovered gravity. Also, key points are important here – not every little bit of your life is relevant to the position you’re applying for. Pick the juiciest bits in advance.
Tip 10. Keep the conversation going and show your passion. You want this job, right? Don’t be afraid to tell that – ask questions, listen, and don’t be scared to speak. Keep the interview interesting and show your motivation for the role in question. It’ll add extra points and get your resume to the top of that pile.