3 Little Things IT Contractors Should Know about IT Job Interviews

Most IT consultants know that there’s a certain etiquette for interviewing for IT jobs.  There are the easy rules, like what to wear, what to bring with you, and what not to say.  However, IT contractors will make their IT recruiters and IT staffing firms very happy if they are aware of some of the smaller, more nuanced rules of interview etiquette as well.  Here are some things that seem small, if you pay attention to them it will really impress your IT recruiting agencies and technical recruiters—and it may just land you that dream job.

  1. Be on time, but don’t be too early.  Especially in information technology, you won’t be doing yourself a favor to show up 30 minutes early.  If anything, you may really inconvenience your interviewers, since they may feel rushed to meet with you.  If you’re more than 10 minutes early, walk around the block or grab some coffee to kill time.
  2. Speaking of that coffee, don’t bring it into the building with you.  It’s distracting and makes it look like you’re not prepared to start interviewing.  Don’t bring any snacks or cell phone calls with you either.  Just sit patiently and quietly in the reception area, so it seems like you’re ready to go, but at your interviewer’s leisure.
  3. Lastly, be kind and polite to any receptionists, drivers, etc you may encounter in your potential employer’s building.  Some companies, like tech giant Zappos, actually speak to these people about you later.  If you’re rude or difficult, that could lose you the job!


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