IT Interview Prep Tips
Interview Prep tips for IT Professionals – How to confidently answer common interview questions.
You are not alone. This article provides tips on how to put your best foot forward when interviewing for your IT professional dream job.
Every company has different interviewing processes as part of their recruitment, and the process can vary by the specific role and particular types of interviews (i.e., behavioral, target role deep-dive, final management interview etc.). No matter what IT role you are interviewing for, most interviewers begin with generic questions and often follow up with more specific “why” type questions to ensure they learn as much as possible about you as a potential employee.
Read on to learn how to confidently answer these questions so you make an excellent first impression and stand out in today’s competitive IT job market.
Tell me about yourself?
This is an open-ended question; the interviewer is interested to see how well you communicate and learn more about your career accomplishments and skills. Consider this question as your “elevator pitch” on who you are and how you are a good fit for the targeted IT role. Selling yourself is often difficult. Prior to any interview, practice responses to the generic questions so you have clear, concise answers. Some examples of how to outline your professional career include:
Continue with describing your professional experience in the last 3-4 years that is relevant to the role you are interviewing for.
Why do you want to leave?
If you are currently employed, expect the interviewer to ask this question. Do not start out with wanting a higher salary. And never speak negatively about your current employer. Good responses include:
What type of role / opportunity you are looking for?
What is one thing you can improve as a <Name of Target IT Role>?
For professional/target role deep-dive interviews, the interviewer will have a set of professional questions to evaluate your knowledge and specific experience for the role you are interviewing for. Prior to any interview, review your resume to ensure you clearly communicate the skills, experiences and accomplishments mentioned in your resume.
Do you have any questions for me?
Most likely this will be the last question the interviewer asks. Remember, you are interviewing them too! Asking questions at the end of the interview is highly important and demonstrates your understanding of the targeted IT role, your interest in learning more, and moving forward in the recruiting process. Ask specific questions regarding the targeted job and the company’s goals/mission. You should have at least one question, but try to keep it under three, being respectful of interviewer’s time. Example of questions to consider:
Of course, there are many different ways to answer interview questions. Most importantly, remember these tips:
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