IT contractors who have been on the hunt for IT jobs before are probably used to being pretty passive, especially if they worked with IT recruiters or IT staffing agencies. The process can feel very much like the employer is in charge, not the IT consultants interviewing. However, if you take a more active role in your search, whether you’re working with technical recruiters or not, you’ll be more likely to find a role you love. Here’s how:
Firstly, make sure you get a few pieces of information from your IT headhunters who set up your interviews. Ask them not only where you’re going and when, but also who you’ll be meeting with, how long the interview is likely to be and what materials you can prepare or study beforehand. Most IT staffing firms will make sure you have this info. If you’re not working with IT recruiting firms or you just didn’t get this info, it’s your responsibility to ask!
Next, work through this info to help yourself prepare. Research the company, the people you’ll be meeting with, and any topics you were alerted to be ready to speak on. You may not use all the info you find, but at least some of it will be useful. Perhaps you have some connections on LinkedIn in common with your interviewer, or you have a few alum from your school working at the company. This information is worth having in your pocket in case the opportunity comes up to mention it.
Lastly, prepare all the easy things for yourself ahead of time. Make sure you set aside everything you’ll need for the interview ahead of time. Resumes, portfolios, suit, nice shoes, etc should all be set aside and ready at least the night before the interview, if not a day or so earlier. It’s also ideal to actually practice getting yourself to the interview site ahead of time if you can. Be aware of any traffic patterns that might get in your way and avoid them.
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.