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IT Interview Preparation

This is essential. Spend time researching the organization you are visiting, from exact location to website and newspaper research. Ensure you know what to expect of the interview, including the exact name(s) of those you will be meeting, the format and possible length of the interview. 

Spend 30 minutes reviewing your experience and its relevance to the position description. Refresh your memory regarding details of your work history and specific achievements. You will be expected to know a lot about a company for which you have previously worked.  

Dressing for an IT Interview

Dress appropriately, paying attention to all facets of grooming. Research indicates that first impressions count. Generally, this means smart, office attire.  

At the Interview

Arrive a few minutes early. Be polite to everyone you meet. When greeting the interviewer, shake hands firmly. Smile and look your interviewer in the eye. Sit upright and look alert and interested at all times.  Be a good listener as well as a good talker.

Interview questions

Expect some standard and job-specific interview questions and be prepared with a few of your own. Additionally, your consultant can provide you with a more comprehensive list of possible questions you will be asked.

Interview don’ts

  • Don’t be late
  • Don’t exaggerate or embellish answers
  • Don’t criticize present or former employers
  • Don’t stray off the point
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer
  • Don’t inquire about salary or time off

Closing the interview

Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. If you are interested in the position, make sure you let the interviewer know. Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration of you.

After the interview

Learn from any mistakes—make a list of questions you answered well and those you answered poorly, thinking about how you could have answered differently. Call your Hudson consultant with feedback and to find out client feedback.

Here are examples of probing questions you might ask:

  • What would a normal day in this role look like?
  • Why is the position available?
  • How would you describe your organizational culture?
  • What induction and training programs does the organization offer?
  • What sort of people have done well in this team/organization?
  • How is the company positioned against its competitors?
  • What is your vision for the future? What are the plans, if any, for growth or expansion?
  • What are the three things that would make someone an outstanding success in this role?
  • How well do you think I match the requirements of the role?
  • What is the next step in the process?
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