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4 of the best ways to prepare for an interview

07/03/17
Although you may have a great deal of IT experience and your CV may be just what recruiters are looking for, landing the IT job of your dreams will ultimately come down to performing well in an interview. In your first face-to-face meeting with potential new employers, you need to demonstrate that you not only have the skills and technical abilities required by the role, but that your attitude, work ethic and personality all fit the bill too. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a guide to four of the best ways you can prepare for a job interview.

1. Do your research

If you want to work for a business, it’s important that you know why. What is it about that particular business that makes them stand out? What attracts your interest, and why? An interviewer isn’t going to look favourably on your application if you tell them that it was the only vacancy you could find, so make sure you have an answer prepared. 

You’ll need to research the business, including its mission statement, aims and approach to work culture. Companies will have all of this information readily available on their website, so there’s really no excuse for being unprepared.
 
2. Make sure your industry ‘know-how’ is up to date

In any IT job interview, it’s absolutely essential that you go in with a good understanding of current industry practices and recent developments. Though you may specialise in a very niche area of IT, employers want to see that you take an interest in the industry as a whole and keep track of what’s happening in other businesses around the globe. 

This may mean doing some reading on cloud computing security, DevOps or the role virtual reality has to play in the future of the industry. At the very least, think about what the biggest problem or greatest challenge facing the IT industry is at the moment, and make sure you’re able to speak on the subject with authority.

3. Know why your history is relevant to the present

While being able to reel off a list of achievements and skills is impressive, hiring managers are looking for something that makes you relevant and attractive to their business. One way of proving your worth is by taking your historical achievements and the skills that made them possible, before demonstrating how they could be applied to your work in the future. Remember that it’s essential to talk about what you can bring to the table now, not what you were able to in the past.

4. Why did you leave your previous employment?

Finally, if you’re an experienced IT professional, interviewers are going to want to know why you left your previous job to look for something new. While it’s perfectly fine to explain that you weren’t happy with the direction your career was taking, you will need to detail how you envisage that situation changing in a new role. 

If you are looking for more opportunities for personal career development, or are harbouring a desire to have more managerial responsibility or client interaction for example, you’ll need to ensure you make that known during the interview.

Should you take these pointers into account when preparing for an interview, you’ll be able to enter the room knowing that you’ve put in enough work to succeed and land the job. 

Make sure you visualise your success beforehand, but don’t be overly disheartened if you aren’t offered a position. Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way and you need to be able to bounce back strongly and chase the next opportunity with just as much vigour and belief.  

For any further interview or CV advice please contact us. Good luck with your interview!

Read our related blog: Top tips to answer 5 of the most common interview questions
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