July 29th, 2015
More and more IT professionals are facing an odd dilemma as they interview for IT jobs: what should they do about unconventional facial piercings. As the millennial population rises in the IT field, IT recruiters and IT staffing firms are encountering more and more candidates with nose rings, eyebrow piercings, or ear piercings beyond the usual 2 at the bottom of the lobes. What should technical recruiters and IT staffing companies tell candidates to do about these piercings when they go to interviews? Is it better to hide them or take them out?
Candidates should make sure they check with their IT recruiting companies and IT staffing agencies before they go on interviews if they do have unconventional piercings. Usually IT recruiting agencies will have a good idea about whether these companies are ok with piercings on a daily basis. For most interviews, it’s best to hide the piercings. Even if they’re accepted on a daily basis, it’s better not to stand out for something like a piercing. If the company doesn’t accept piercings on a daily basis, it’s important for the candidate to really think hard about this before being submitted to the job. While it may seem like a small thing, this may be indicative of a larger culture fit issue. The candidate and their IT recruiting firms may want to re-visit how well they might fit into the corporate culture overall.
Nose rings may be more common in the workforce, but that doesn’t mean you want to keep yours in for IT job interviews.
July 27th, 2015
If you’re preparing for interviews for IT jobs, you’ve probably practiced answering questions with a friend or family member. This is a good start, but there’s another way to practice for your interviews so that you impress your interviewer (and your IT recruiters and IT staffing companies!). Try switching roles for a bit and play the interviewer.
How do you do this? Your technical recruiters and IT staffing agencies can give you a basic idea of what questions your interviewer will ask. It’s also worth it to think about you’d want to know if you were hiring for this position. As you practice from the interviewer role, you’ll force yourself to think about what kind of experience, skills, and personality traits your interviewer (and your IT recruiting agencies and IT staffing firms) want you to highlight. You can think about what the ideal candidate would sound like. Take that perspective with you to the interview—even if you don’t get the job, you’re bound to leave a lasting impression on your interviewers (and make your IT recruiting companies eager to continue to work with you!).
You probably already role play in your interview prep, but have you tried playing the interviewer?
July 24th, 2015
Most IT professionals have some practice writing thank you notes for interviews after IT jobs. Whether you sent them along yourself or your IT recruiters and IT staffing companies send them to your interviewers, you’re likely to have written a few thank you notes. Not everyone knows how to write a really strong, effective thank you note though. IT recruiting firms and technical recruiters can all attest to the vast number of generic thank you notes they’ve handed back to hiring managers. Here’s a tip on how to really make your thank you notes impressive and leave a lasting impression on your interviewers (as well as the IT staffing agencies and IT recruiting firms you’re working with).
As you write your thank you note, make reference to a couple of specific duties of the job and explain why you’re prepared to excel at them. Your interviewer will really appreciate seeing that you not only grasp the job generally, but you also have thought about the specific responsibilities of it. This will make them take you more seriously as they consider candidates. Even if you don’t get the job, you’re likely to get great feedback from the interviewer that will make your IT staffing firms and IT recruiting agencies eager to submit you for more IT jobs.
Don’t just write a generic thank you note– it won’t leave much of an impression on your interviewers.