Recently I was interviewed by Peggy McKee, career coach and the CEO of Career Confidential, regarding the challenges of interviewing for an IT-related job. A great deal of what we discussed applies to all interviews, but IT interviews have the opportunity to dive deep into tool knowledge and project experience. In this audio file, you’ll hear our thoughts on technical interviews, specifically:
- Preparing for the interview
- Typical questions to expect
- How to approach the interview and present the right information
Link to audio: What You Need to Know to Get an Information Technology Job
A while back, Peggy and I generated a video discussing proper format for resumes, too.
Link to video: Formatting Your Resume to Be Read!
Peggy’s Web site dedicated to helping job seekers find and get the jobs they want. Career Confidential coaches job seekers through every stage in the job search and interview process, from resumes to interviews to follow up. It specializes in providing job seekers with powerful and customizable tools and techniques through blog articles, training videos, templates, and Webinars.
Recently, a career coach in Barcelona spoke with me about interviewing and the addressing the question, “Why Should We Hire You?” Speaking with him reminded me how the process is very similar around the world and we all face similar challenges. You can learn more about Sergi Mora by clicking this link. You can also read his blog.
To listen to our discussion on topics covered below, click on this link.
Discussion topics during job interview
- Types of qualifications to be ready to discuss in the interview
- Unwritten qualifications
- “Fit” with hiring company
- Functional Requirements versus Soft Skill Requirements
Expectations of the interviewee in the interview process
- Preparation and taking ownership of the interview
- Creating the checklist of key items to discuss
- How to leverage the checklist during the interview
- Conveying your strong interest in the job
- Direct answer to the question, “Why should we hire you?”
If you’re a books-on-CD kind of person or don’t like reading through lengthy articles on your computer screen, I’ve got good news! On July 15th, I was part of a two-person recruiter panel providing advice on “Working with Recruiters.” A lot of good information was shared and all of it was recorded for your easy reference.
Some of the questions that were covered during the seminar include:
- As an executive recruiter, what is your role in connecting candidates with potential employers?
- For a typical job opening, how many candidates might you screen? How many do you present?
- What criteria do you use to select candidates to present to a client?
- What do successful candidates do that makes them more attractive to present to the client?
- How often would you want to hear from a candidate?
- After a candidate is selected to be presented, what are your expectations of them?
- How can a candidate find an appropriate recruiter to contact?
Also, I was fortunate to have a brand new friend on Twitter, @teenarose, simultaneously tweeting some of my quips. Here’s the “Tweeted version” of some of the insights she shared:
Teleseminar: @jlipschultz states he leverages all info on candidates; i.e. resume, LinkedIn, social media
Teleseminar: @jlipschultz states spend time w/recruiter who want to invest time in you; build solid relationships
Teleseminar: @jlipschultz states F/U w/recruiters if something changes; i.e. your skill set. @jlipschultz provides great advice!
Teleseminar: @jlipschultz states “do your homework”; you never know when you’ll be called to the mat
Teleseminar: @jlipschultz states qualify recruiter based on word of mouth and their actions; use social media/learn about them
Teleseminar: @jlipschultz states qualify recruiter by asking about relationship w/the target company you’re interested in
Successful Interviewing: What A-List Candidates Need to Know by @jlipschultz, recruiter http://ad.vu/gxfk #freebook