You are an IT professional and have a ton of experience, but interviews are tough! The best thing to do is to go into it prepared and be sure you’re familiar with best practices.
Prepare In Advance
Research the company and get familiar with how they got started. At this point you will have a general idea of what the company does but really dig through their website and perform your own research to show your level of interest and stand out from the crowd. IT companies usually have a unique story of how they were founded, learn it and make it part of the conversation.
Expect Certain Questions
Anticipate certain questions in advance, and practice rehearsing your answers with someone you trust and is willing to provide constructive feedback. TECIE will of course prepare you beforehand as well but practicing is definitely beneficial. Companies are known to ask both common and behavioral questions, they are typically standard; although it is up to you to stand out with your answers. For example, an interviewer might ask, “tell me about yourself." Discuss how you became established in the IT sector and what attracted you to it. Provide examples of your goals, your past experiences, and some interesting facts about yourself to really show the company who you are and how much of a fit you are for the role.
Prepare Your Own List Of Questions
Always remember the interview goes both ways. You too are interviewing the company to gauge if they are a good fit for you. Inquire about the nature of projects you would take on and with whom. Ask what criteria would be used to evaluate your performance. Discuss the culture of the organization and the working conditions. Finally, ask if the interviewer has any remaining questions for you, this will help uncover any concerns they might have about your experience or background.
Use Proper Etiqette
Always arrive early, especially if you are not familiar with the area where the interview is being held. Be confident, sit up straight during the interview and maintain eye contact when answering questions or listening to the interviewer. Smile even if you are nervous, as you want to appear approachable. An effective way to build rapport with the interviewer is to use his/her name periodically while responding to questions.
Be Confident. Ask For The Job
Employers will likely conduct multiple interviews for one role, your goal is to stand out and provide the employer with why you would be a great fit for the position. Make an impact on the employer and tell them why you are interested. Reiterate a few points from the interview as to why you would be good for the role and inquire about the next-steps prior to leaving. This could be your only chance, use it wisely!