August 31st, 2014
For seasoned IT contractors, the question ‘Why do you want to work at this company?’ isn’t new territory in an IT job interview. While it may seem like a simple question with no wrong answers, IT consultants can definitely blow this question (and in turn their shot at the IT jobs they’re interviewing for!). What’s the correct way for IT professionals to respond to this question so they impress the interviewing managers, IT recruiters, and IT staffing firms they’re speaking to?
When faced with the question ‘Why do you want to work at this company?’ your best place to start is with your research on the company. Start by reciting some of the awards, perks, and anything else the company might brag about. Next, consider what the company values and find ways to match up your strengths with these values. You may want to talk to your technical recruiters to get some ideas for this. Lastly, take the opportunity to mention any connections you may have at the company. If you know somebody who works there, name drop them and mention it if they said good things about working there. Having connections within the company, in addition to meeting its needs with your strengths and appreciating the benefits and achievements it tends to tout, will all create a great impression.
Do your research about a company before you go the the interview.
August 28th, 2014
This spring’s recent college graduates in information technology are likely starting new IT jobs or just started them this summer. While IT contractors fresh from college may have resumes chock full of skills and experience using particular technologies, their skills as IT professionals may not be nearly as polished. Here are a few skills IT consultants should work on acquiring to excel at IT job interviews, in their first real jobs in the field, and to impress IT recruiters and IT staffing firms.
-Learn not to take things personally. Negative feedback about how you interviewed, your resume, or how you’re doing at work is all going to help you in the future. Try not to let it sting too much personally, because your feelings will get in the way of your ability to take that feedback and use it. You’ll also appear a lot less professional if you respond emotionally or defensively to negative feedback.
-Avoid looking entitled. Whether you’re old or young, this will rub people the wrong way. Having a humble, willing approach at work will make all the difference. Managers and coworkers want to work with people who are easy to get along with and don’t mind pitching in to help the team. Be that person and you’ll quickly gain a strong reputation in your field and ace your IT job interviews.
-Don’t give up easily. If you have a problem, work hard to solve it yourself. The best employees are the ones who don’t bother their bosses or coworkers over anything but the most imperative issues. Needing to have your hand held often won’t make you look good in the future—at your first job or others!
You graduated! Now it’s time to get ready for your first IT job!
August 26th, 2014
In a field like information technology, there’s no room for useless IT contractors in a company. Business is too fast and demanding for a company to continue to pay IT consultants who aren’t contributing to the bottom line and doing their IT jobs well. How do you know if you’re one of those IT professionals who’s just not cutting it at work? Here are a few signs: 1. You’re not sure if you’re meeting expectations. Sure, your resumes match up perfectly to the job description and your IT recruiters said you’d be the best candidate for the job. But you can’t tell how well you’re actually performing. Don’t wait to find out. Talk to your IT recruiters who’ve placed you and your managers if you can. Get feedback on how you’re doing and what you could be doing better. 2. You don’t feel confident about the work you’re doing. If you’re regularly asked to do tasks that you just don’t have the background knowledge to do (or at least figure out how to do), you may not be a good fit for this job. 3. You don’t like what you’re doing—and it shows. Even the most capable employees can be fired by their employers for having a poor attitude. Make sure you’re avoiding this easy problem.
Don’t be caught unaware! Stop and evaluate your own performance at your IT job!