Ace Interviews for IT Jobs

Acing interviews for IT jobs

People who decide to pursue a career in information technology are choosing a field that is ripe with opportunity. However, this doesn't mean you should attend job interviews unprepared. By having a clear understanding of what you want to get out of a career in information technology, no matter what position you are applying for, you will be perceived as a professional, knowledgeable candidate that would be an asset to any company. Here are a few questions that you might come across when interviewing for an IT position:

Why do you want to work in information technology?
This is one of the most common questions asked by employers looking to hire IT professionals. It's a simple question, but requires a clear and direct answer. In order to answer this question successfully, you need to have a little bit of background knowledge on the company you will be working for and understand what the job description is saying. Begin your answer by stating what you know about the company - what its specialty is or project its IT team recently completed. Indicate to the hiring manager that you want to gain more experience in that field and can learn a lot from working with their organization. 

What are your career goals?
Interviewers ask this question because they want to get a sense of your ambitions and where you think your level of ability is at. They are also looking for insight into your future plans. It's best to answer as openly and honestly as possible. If you aren't quite sure what your career goals are, decide what career goals are ideal for you before the interview. But always return to the fact that you are completely focused and committed to your current position. If you do have an idea of what you want to accomplish in the next few years, express that in the context of the position you are seeking. For example, if you want to become an IT manager and are applying for a help desk position, you might state the fact that while you are working on the service side of the industry, you will gain the crucial experience needed to be successful in IT management.

Why should we hire you?
This is an opportunity to sell yourself to the hiring manager. Prepare for this question by making a short list of all your strengths and positive characteristics. Express your experience, education and skills in a clear and concise manner.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers bachelor's and master's online degree programs in IT. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_IT.

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