IT staffing companies find that sometimes candidates will get hung up on the companies they work for, rather than making sure they land in IT jobs that are good fits for them. Especially in the tech industry, IT recruiting companies find that candidates will be dazzled by a company’s name, reputation, or cool benefits. While IT recruiters certainly understand the appeal of working for a company known to provide free snacks or fun company outings, it’s important not to lose sight of the most important thing in your interviews: making sure the job is a good fit for you and selling yourself as a great fit for the job (if that’s the case)!
So what does this mean, exactly? Basically, IT staffing firms suggest that you approach an interview with a really coveted employer as though it was a normal job interview. Focus on sussing out whether the position would be something you can succeed in. Make sure to highlight the aspects of your candidacy that speak to the role. You can certainly make a few remarks about why you’d be excited to work at this company or on this team (this is something IT recruiting agencies want candidates to do anyways), but don’t let these remarks dominate your interview. Hiring managers don’t want to hire somebody who doesn’t seem like they can do the work, nor do they want to hire somebody who is too focused on the perks and benefits, rather than the job itself.
It’s also worth noting that the more interesting perks or reputation a company has, the more challenging a role will likely be. Technical recruiters find that companies use fun incentives as a way to compensate employees for long hours or to retain very skilled IT professionals. You wouldn’t want to be hired for a role you couldn’t succeed in, even if the perks were amazing. You’d still wind up leaving or being let go if you couldn’t meet your manager’s expectations.
So if your IT staffing firms set you up with an interview at a really cool company, play it cool. Make sure the job is a good fit for and you and interview the way you would anywhere else!
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.