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How to Prepare for an IT Job Interview

At IMS, we strive to ensure that our candidates are as prepared and ready as possible when they meet with companies for job interviews. In the IT industry, there are several specific ways to best prepare for a job interview. This article will recommend the best ways for you to prepare and prep for an IT Job Interview.

When you work in IT, you exercise critical skills and problem solving on a daily basis. The work you do and problems you solve can range from day to day, so a key way to prepare for an interview is to think about the categories and buckets your skills and experience fall under. Try and link the work you've done with key skills that you'd need to have at any future job in IT. It will make the value you can bring to a company that much more clear, and help you interviewer match you to a position that you could flourish in.

Before your interview, come prepared. Research the company you're interviewing for in advance, and find out as much information as you can about the general company, and their needs for IT. You will impress your interviewer if you can speak to internal characteristics of the company. It shows that you're engaged, highly interested in the position, and capable of independent learning.

Make sure that you look presentable at your interview. A new, clean outfit will always help to make you look polished and confident. Make sure your shoes are clean, and that you don't have any noticeable wrinkles on your clothing. When you look great on the outside, it can help you feel great on the inside.

During your interview, don't forget to smile! Connecting with your interviewer is critical. Although interviews can be incredibly stressful exercises, go in with the goal of making your interviewer like you as a person. Show a genuine interest in how their day is going. When you fail to show a genuine interest in the person that's interviewing you, how can you expect them to feel a connection with you? That connection is integral, as the interviewer will not only look to ensure that your qualifications are a good fit for the company, but also that your personality is a good match.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. In the IT industry, we are constantly innovating through critical thinking. Show your enthusiasm by asking questions that you'd like answers to. Make sure you leave your interview with a solid understanding of the company culture and the position requirements. If you need further clarification of something, or further explanation on something, don't be afraid to ask your interviewer for more details.

When it comes to interviews, being prepared will always help you feel more confident. By following these tips, you should be able to successfully prepare for the interview in a way that will benefit you most. For more information on how to prepare for interviews and land your next opportunity, call IMS at (416) 515-2939. Good luck!


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