How To Talk About Mistakes in IT Job Interviews

Most IT staffing companies and IT recruiters will suggest you prepare to tell interviewers about a mistake you’ve made in past IT jobs.  You don’t need your technical recruiters and IT staffing firms to tell you that you need to be strategic about answering this kind of question.  What may surprise you, however, is that you also need to be honest and take responsibility for the mistake when you describe it.

How can you do this gracefully and impress your interviewers and IT staffing agencies and IT recruiting companies?   Firstly, pick a mistake you truly learned from.  If you just made of mess of things, but don’t know how you can avoid it in the future, it’s not a good mistake to talk about.  Next, take full responsibility for the mistake.  It looks worse to suggest it was anybody’s fault but your own.  You’ll seem like less of a team player, which no hiring manager wants to deal with.  Lastly, be prepared to answer some follow-up questions about this mistake.  You can continue to emphasize what you’ve learned from the mistake and how you’ve grown, but don’t skirt any questions.  Honesty is key here! Use these tips and you’ll do well and impress your IT recruiting firms—maybe even land the job!


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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.