Going for an IT job interview? Here are some job interview tips on what NOT to do from Lisa Vaas, online journalist and former Executive Editor for eWEEK:
No know-it-alls allowed…
Don’t be an arrogant know-it-all. That impression usually comes out by not asking questions during the interview when encouraged to do so. Experienced interviewers evaluate the uninquisitive interviewee as “the wrong kind of thinker,” who shows a lack of curiosity and “a prima donna’s belief” of knowing everything there is to know. Experience with highly skilled people who “know everything” is that they tend to make poor team players.
Lay off techie-talk.
Stay away from acronyms and excessively technical language. Employers want to find out how the IT job applicant can relate to customers and not make people feel like dummies. So the idea is to NOT talk down to the interviewer.
There is no “I” in “team.”
Don’t just talk about yourself. You won’t be impressing anyone just by talking about your accomplishments. What they are looking for is someone who has a track record as a contributing member of a team. You got the interview call on the basis that you are an accomplished professional. It is best to talk more abut the people and teams you worked with and use the plural first person pronouns “we” and “us” in those descriptions.
No bad mouthing ex-coworkers…
Don’t ever say disrespectful or harsh things about people you once worked with. You are being judged in large part on your attitude, because poor attitude creates tension and low productivity in any working environment. If you are asked to relate some negative experience with a past coworker do it in a way that shows you learned something about dealing with different personalities.
Recognize possible “people-skill deficits.”
Finally, accept the fact that IT workers can sometimes be not very adept in dealing with people. Dealing with code and compilers, after all, is sometimes a lot easier than having to reason with people. If you recognize that about yourself, do something about it.