During your last IT job interview did the timeframe go from the anticipated one hour to two or three hours? You may leave thinking you won the hiring managers over, but think again. If you were doing most of the talking and managers seem disinterested, this is generally not a good sign. Some IT candidates might speak more when they are nervous or have so much experience on their resume they do not know where to begin. Here are some suggestions for maintaining confidence and control while not spilling too much detail during any upcoming interviews for IT jobs.
Prepare Your Questions and Answers
Look up typical interview questions and prepare your answers along with relevant examples. When you have finished, practice by having a mock interview with a family member, friend, or IT recruiter and, if necessary, time your responses. You do not want to provide too much detail to the point where you bore the hiring manager or technical recruiter, but you also do not want to leave out any important experience. Ask for honest feedback and weed out any unrelated material by sticking to the point.
Take a Breath
In order to qualify for a position, you must communicate why your experience and skills are ideal for the role. Almost everyone becomes nervous when they are put on the spot and rushing through their speech is a common occurrence. Rather than flying through your spiel, annunciate each word and pause to check for the attention of IT recruiters and hiring managers. This pause will also indicate you have made a point and allow them to comment or ask for further detail.
Look for the Signs
If the hiring managers appear to be bored, wrap up your response and wait for the next question. When a manager stops taking notes, move the interview on to the next stage for new material. Checking the clock could indicate they are short on time, so get to the point!
Speaking too much during an interview may indicate to IT staffing companies and hiring managers that you are easily distracted or may talk too much on the job. Also, by not letting managers or technical recruiters get a word in you are being disrespectful and frustrating which most coworkers cannot handle in the IT staffing office. Interviews only provide a glimpse of who you are as an employee and your experiences so make use of the time with valid, relevant points.
IT recruiters go through resume after resume to find keywords that will match the IT job description. Therefore, it’s important for prospective IT candidates to include as many key words in their resumes as possible.
For example, if you’re a Software Engineer, be sure to add all of the development languages and tools that you have experience with (obviously without fabricating). By doing so, your resume will be more likely to be found by IT recruiters.
If an IT staffing firm receives a new IT job order for a VB.NET Developer who has experience developing code that will sit a SQL Server database. Subsequently, their IT recruiters are likely going to search “VB.NET and developer and SQL Server.” If you didn’t list the different programming languages, as well as various databases, your resume would not come up in the IT recruiter’s search.
Just last week the Boston Business Journal wrote an article on AVID Technical Resources in their small business Growth Tools section. It featured both Brian Tomasello and John-Paul Treacy the co-founders of the IT recruiting firm, AVID Technical Resources. Check out the article here: Boston Business Journal – 8.13.10
Even with a weak economy, AVID has continued to hire IT recruiters and salespeople to help fuel the company’s growth. There are still IT jobs out there; it just takes a skilled IT Account Manager to find the positions. In addition to seasoned Account Managers, the IT staffing firm has a number of dedicated IT recruiters who hard to find candidates that will fit these IT job requirements perfectly. They know how important it is that a candidate has the technical skills that will help him or her succeed in the Information Technology Industry. The company uses their robust database of IT candidates, as well as all of the common job boards and social media sites to fill a variety of IT job positions. However, at the end of the day, the secret to the IT recruiting firm’s success has simply been hard work.
AVID’s team has done a lot work and continues working hard to help us succeed and overcome our competition in the IT staffing industry.
When companies remain stagnant, they eventually fail. It starts with leadership. If an executive is set in his or her ways, the competition will likely pass them by. The IT staffing industry is no different. At AVID Technical Resources, we pride ourselves in being a dynamic and forward-thinking IT recruiting firm. As technology evolves, so does our company. We embrace technologic advances from new software to social media. AVID understands the importance of changing as the economy changes and evolving as our IT recruiting industry evolves. Most important, we never stop moving; we never remain stagnant.
A good example of this is social media. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have grown in popularity over the years. AVID saw the emergence a few years ago, before many companies had even heard of the sites. Therefore, our company Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin pages have been built out, optimized and are designed to market every one of our IT jobs.
Another good example is Search Engine Optimization. AVID recognized the dominance of Google and the importance of SEO years ago. Subsequently, this IT recruiting company has invested years and thousands of dollars into optimization. Because of this, our IT recruiters are able to identify more prospective IT candidates and our salespeople frequently have clients find them.
Slow-moving, stagnant companies eventually become extinct. Forward-thinking, dynamic companies rise to the top. This approach has helped AVID Technical Resources become one of the Fastest-Growing Private IT staffing companies in the country: https://www.avidtr.com/about-avid-awards-and-recognition.aspx.