It’s hard to tell an IT professional, “These are the questions you need to be ready to answer in an interview.” After all, there are numerous areas in the IT industry that require different skill sets and experiences. Thus, the interviewing questions are going to be different as well.
But there are probably a select few that you should be prepared for – other than just your run of the mill interview questions. Below we’ve outlined 4 questions that you could quite possibly be asked in a technical interview that you need to be ready to answer:
1.) What kind of IT certifications do you hold?
IT certifications can make you stand out against the rest. They provide you with additional education and keep you up to date on your craft. They will also allow you to answer this question in a way that shows you are proactive in your career and are constantly trying to make yourself better. Read more about how IT certifications can help you here.
2.) Tell me about the most recent project you have worked on.
This is a chance for you to show what you really know. Tell them as much as you can: your role in the project, what you did on a day-to-day basis, any obstacles you ran into along the way and how you overcame those. Relate your experience as much as you can to the company and the potential job to show the interviewer what you could do for them and their company.
3.) Describe your ability to work in a team environment.
It’s pretty safe to say that in almost any job today, you need to be able to work in a team. This might even be truer of IT projects. As deadlines fast approach, the need to have great camaraderie in your team is extremely important. Talk about situations in which you and your team had a challenge but you overcame it through working together.
4.) How do you keep your skills current?
In the IT industry, everything can change in the blink of an eye. Yesterday’s servers are today’s “clouds,” so how do you keep up to date? Whether its internet articles, magazine subscriptions or certifications, you should always be actively keeping up on current updates and trends. Doing so will show your interviewers that you take the initiative to stay up-to-date for your career and ultimately, this will help their company in the long run.
If you are a designer or a developer, you should also be ready to show your skills during the interview, through white boarding or through a portfolio of your work. If you have the means to show your past work, bring it in, even if they don’t ask for it – preparedness is always impressive. And white boarding can be intimidating but it is something that developers need to be ready for (some even recommend bringing your own dry erase marker to show your preparedness!). Check out this blog that will give you some tips on how to prepare for white boarding exercises: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericlippert/archive/2004/04/15/writing-code-on-whiteboards-is-hard.aspx
While IT interviews can be different from other job interviews, if you are prepared for the following questions above, you should be just fine.
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