When you are looking for work in the information technology field, you need to be ready to “wow” the hiring manager in the interview. You’ll likely be asked lots of technical questions, as well as some more basic interview questions about what you are looking for and what you have to offer. Knowing how to answer the questions specific to your field is important, and you should take the time to brush up on your technical knowledge. Sometimes, answering the other questions can be a bit harder, especially if you aren’t used to talking about yourself.
You need to make a positive impression when answering interview questions and come across as someone who would be a good fit for the corporate culture. Preparing for the interview can allow you to give great answers to any questions that come your way. Taking time to come up with answers to some common interview questions can be especially helpful. For example, consider how you would answer the following inquiries:
Where do you see yourself in five years?
With this question, your employer wants to identify your career motivations. Do you want to advance and continue learning new skills? Will you be an asset to the organization for the long term? Are you ambitious? These are some of the things your potential employer will be trying to assess by asking you this question. You’ll want to think about an answer which shows you care about advancing your career, but which doesn’t suggest to the employer that you’ll be out the door as soon as you get another offer.
Why are you leaving your current job?
An employer always wants to know why you are leaving your previous position. As you consider the answer to this question, it is imperative to be honest but also to be positive. Never say anything negative about your past work or about your past career performance. If you are leaving on your own accord, paint the picture about why you are ready for a new challenge and looking for a new position. If you were let go, be honest with your explanation and explain how you are going to learn from your previous experience and will become a better person through the adversity.
Describe your work style?
This question is designed to determine if you’ll be a good fit with the corporate culture and work style of the business you are interviewing with. You should consider how to demonstrate your willingness to work well with others, but also your ability to work independently and get projects done.
What are your top accomplishments?
For this question, you want to start by providing some specific qualitative examples of things you have achieved. Skip vague platitudes and take the opportunity to really show the potential employer what you are most proud of. You don’t have to ignore your accomplishments that can’t be translated through tangible results. If you can show how your soft skills have grown, possibly specific situations where you developed as an employee, then you can portray a number of ways you are developing to your potential employer.
By preparing to answer these tough interview questions, you can make a strong impression and hopefully advance to the next phase of the hiring process. Of course, you need to make sure you can get the interview in the first place. A professional IT staffing firm can put you in touch with the right people, so you can find great opportunities and advance your career. Give Technology Partners a call today at 877-636-1331 or contact us our great team of information technology recruiters to learn more.