Top Interview Mistakes Made By IT Professionals

The job description looks like a perfect match, the recruiter says your background looks great, and you’re looking to make a move to a new company. What could possibly go wrong?  nexus IT group has gathered 8 of the most common mishaps experienced by technology professionals.  What do these blunders consist of and how do you avoid them?

Too casual
IT candidates can often be a little casual in the interview.  Their appearance and speech can often be too casual, which comes off disinterested, unprofessional, and flippant.

Lack of positivity
Do you have a glass half empty attitude?  This could easily be caused by failed startups, corporate layoffs, or overconfidence.  Whatever the case, some candidates will use interviews as a therapy session and they often don’t even know it.

Failure to close
Close.Close.Close. IT professionals are very good at cost justifications for technology, but some can lack simple closing techniques in an interview.  Closing techniques such as asking “what’s the next step in the process,” or expressing interest in the company, project, or product.

Over time we’ve noticed that IT candidates are typically very talented and smart individuals; however, we’ve observed that some individuals can often sound arrogant vs. confident.

Lack of communication
Organizations these days are less focused on pure technical interviews and are moving towards open-ended situational questions.  Interviewees can sometimes respond with very short and brief answers, failing to convey or elaborate their communication skills.

Focus on money and benefits only
Questions about benefits such as vacations days, bonus, sick days, salaries, parking passes, work from home days, etc. are appropriate, but there is a place and time for these types of questions.  It’s easy to think what’s in it for me (WIIFM), but keep these questions for human resources and preferably after a job offer.

It’s not surprising that an IT candidate can usually nail a technical interview, but when it comes to knowing about a company’s history, culture, competitors, or problems facing the industry, IT professionals can sometimes fail.  Not knowing or asking these questions in an interview can be perceived as a lack of interest or lack of preparation.

Some IT professionals dress from the waist up. Wrinkled and/or outdated pants, and rubber soled shoes can be seen on some IT professionals during interviews. This dress attire is not exactly the perception that a serious job seeker should be projecting.