5 tips to ace an IT job interview

Posted at 21 April 2021

Have you recently interviewed for a bunch of IT jobs without success? Don’t despair—maybe all you need is a little preparation!

Check out these 5 tips from our specialists and find out how to improve your chances for the next IT job interview.

1. Find out about the company

Before any job interview, as an IT professional or otherwise, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the company you’re applying to.

Finding out a bit about the company will give you an idea of the work they do and whether it interests you. If you understand what the company does, you’ll also be in a better position to explain how you can contribute to its success.

Recruiters almost always ask candidates questions about the company to check whether you’re really interested in working for them. The best strategy for answering this type of question is to be properly prepared.

2. Highlight your skills, but be humble

In any job interview, you’ll be asked about your professional accomplishments.

It’s important to learn how to talk about your skills without seeming full of yourself. Some people tend to be too modest and undersell themselves in interviews, while others sing their own praises. The key to acing your interview is finding the right balance.

Try to answer the interviewer’s questions by explaining how your IT skills have helped you overcome challenges in your professional life. That way, you can showcase your skills in a concrete, measurable way, while maintaining a certain amount of humility.

3. Pay attention to your body language

Your body language during an interview can speak louder than words! You should use your body language to make the right impression from the moment you step into the room.

Start with a firm handshake. A weak handshake may signal that you’re timid or unsure of yourself, and one that’s too forceful will come off as domineering and unpleasant.

Take care not to gesture too much when you speak, because it can be distracting. Practice using gestures as a way to support your words rather than as a method of communication in and of themselves.

4. Prepare answers to common interview questions

To increase your chances of success, do a bit of research on common IT job interview questions and the best answers to them. By doing the work beforehand, you can avoid unpleasant surprises and awkward moments where you have no idea how to answer an unexpected question.

Bonus: if you know someone who works for the company, ask them how their interview went. The interviews won’t be exactly the same, but at least you can get a better idea of what to expect.

5. Don’t be afraid to show interest and enthusiasm

Finally, although it may seem unnatural, it’s important to show interest in the position and the company. If a question comes to mind during the interview, don’t be afraid to ask.

Find out about the work environment, the software they use, the team you would be working with, etc. These types of questions let recruiters know that you are serious about the position and can see yourself working there.

Let Fed IT help you find the right job

There you have it, 5 useful tips to help you prepare for and ace your next IT job interview. Remember to read up on the company, expect certain questions and practice in order to present your best self at the interview.

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