Surprises in IT Job Interviews (and How to Handle Them!)

IT recruiters and IT staffing companies can usually tell you exactly how IT jobs interviews will go.    However, sometimes hiring managers and employers will change things—either out of necessity or for other reasons.  Here are some surprises your technical recruiters and IT staffing firms might not be able to prepare you for – but you can still handle with grace.

  1. If your interview has to be changed or rescheduled due to an emergency: The best way to respond to this is with patience.  Even if your IT recruiting companies and IT staffing agencies do their best to schedule a good time and day for interviews, some things can’t be avoided.  If you can roll with the punches, your interviewers will see that you’re flexible and able to be a true team player.  Think of this moment as a time to show off your soft skills.
  2. If you are suddenly asked to interview more people (either separately or in a group situation) than your IT recruiting firms said you would: Don’t panic.  If you’re in a group interview, make sure to take notes on the conversation (so you can send personalized thank you notes later) and get everyone’s individual contact info for thank you notes.  If you’re meeting with people one-on-one, it’s also worth taking notes and getting contact info.  Since you’re also meeting one-on-one, don’t worry too much about repeating yourself.  You may be asked the same question a few times and it’s ok if your answer is the same.

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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.