The Best IT Interview Tips for Every Tech Pro

By Robert Half on March 26, 2017 at 9:00pm

Interviews may be the trickiest part of the hiring process. For starters, it’s hard to find the line between selling yourself without seeming boastful. Plus, you may have several rounds of interviews, from an initial HR phone screening to meeting with your potential boss to being vetted by managers from other departments. That adds up to lots of different personalities to try to connect with.

To add even more stress, you’ll be asked several types of questions, from the technical to the hypothetical. The key to keeping your confidence and energy high throughout the interview stages is plenty of preparation. So, we’ve rounded up our top IT interview tips to help you make a great first, second and lasting impression.

Be prepared to answer awkward IT interview questions

All questions demand honesty, but you can choose what to highlight — the key is to find an answer that best suits the interview. For example, if you’re asked, “What did you like least about your last position,” it’s probably not a good idea to say you disliked your boss or co-workers. Instead, one of the best interview tips is to sidestep criticism of others and focus on what made it difficult to succeed in the role. A good example: "My previous company was large and managers tended to have multiple people reporting to them. Ultimately, I didn't feel I had the proper guidance from my manager to grow and succeed."

Ask the right IT interview questions at the right time

An interview is a two-way street where both parties are sizing each other up, so make sure you come prepared to not only answer questions, but also ask them. Doing so will give you the information you need to evaluate whether the company and the job are a good fit for you. And it will show the interviewer that you’re genuinely invested in the process.

Start by learning all you can about the company and the interviewer prior to the interview, then arrive with a handful of interview questions prepared. For a first interview, you might ask, “What are the key skills required to be successful in this job?” Research on interview tips reveals that candidates who ask no questions during an interview are almost always dismissed because they either seem to have done no homework, or they don’t appear genuinely interested in the job. But keep in mind that asking too many questions can be off-putting.

Let them know you want the job

Sure it’s necessary to know how to answer the IT interview questions lobbed at you. But it’s also important to make sure the interviewers know you’re interested in the position. If you want the job and think you’d be ideal for the role, don’t walk out of the interview assuming the hiring panel knows how you feel about the position. Say something like, “This IT position appears to be a great fit for me. I would really like to have the job and work at your company.”

Be ready to show your expertise

This last of our IT interview tips is for the developers out there. If that’s you, be prepared to answer a slew of technical questions. Some examples include:

  • What is the ASP.NET page life cycle?
  • What is view state? Where is it stored?
  • What is the difference between ASP.NET web forms and ASP.NET MVC?
  • What is the difference between ViewData, ViewBag and TempData?
  • What is the ASP.NET MVC request flow?

Once you ace the interview, get ready for salary negotiations. Try out the Salary Calculator today for more than 75 IT jobs in your region.


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