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.
One of the hardest type of candidates to place is the one who has so many talents they have no idea what they want to do next. Some expect a hiring company to see all their talents and invent a position suited to their abilities. It typically doesn’t work this way. At least not when you’re working through recruiters. They have specific jobs to fill today, and future positions to fill within their specialty or industry.
The key to working with recruiters is to know what you want to do. And, to want a job that will leverage your expertise. It is very hard to jump to new job titles where you have little experience. Recruiters will present only the most qualified candidates. Period. Once you are within a company, there may be ample opportunities to cross-train or gain exposure to other talents (and then make that jump).
In my latest article for Job-Hunt.org, I offer a step-by-step approach to determining the job description you want to share with recruiters. I hope this helps those who feel a little lost in the job search process.
Many have said how critical good communication is in the professional world. When working with recruiters, this can be vitally important. Considering they are representing you with their clients, any flaws in the information they present can lead to an unwanted result. Simply put: If you withhold or provide false information, you’re likely diminishing your chances of getting the job. And certainly killing any chance of working with that recruiter again.
More specific examples on this topic are shared in my latest article for Job-Hunt.org. If you want to share your own story regarding this, please do so in the comment section of this blog post.
Clearly, there is no end to amount of advice offered on resume writing. However, every day I read resumes that have glaring mistakes. Not simply grammar or spelling. There are resume pitfalls that can cause doubt to arise about you. It may seem unfair. At the same time, can you really expect a perfect stranger to know how well you fit the job if you’re conveying a different message?
Although there are many who can provide advice on resumes, including professional resume writers, I thought it would be helpful to share a few of the common errors I see. Check out my latest article at Job-hunt.org to learn more. Feel free to add your own advice by commenting on this article within my blog.
One of the most popular requirements listed for an open job posting is “good communicator.” Most people immediately think something along the lines of “Yes, I am good at communicating my message clearly to individuals and large groups.”
But this is only half of being a good communicator. Hiring managers want to know you are also a good listener. And an interview is a great chance to demonstrate your skills in this area.
Check out my first article for a blog site dedicated to coaching you through your career path: Work Coach Cafe. If you have additional tips on listening skills, please share your comments on either blog.