We’ve all seen the standard list of interview tips and questions that every employer will ask, like “What are your strengths” and “Describe a situation when…” You’ll always need to describe your skills, education and background, regardless of whether you’re applying to be an accountant or construction worker.
But if you work in the information technology or computer industry, you can expect some IT-specific questions during your job interviews. Be ready to answer these questions with poise, confidence and just the right amount of detail:
Can you take a codility test? Here you’ll need to write actual code in a programming language to confirm you have actual practical programming skills. It’s like a driver’s test — you can’t just tell the interviewer you can parallel park, you have to get behind the wheel and put the car between the cones.
What development tools have you used? Companies want to make sure you’ve got experience using the latest technology. How do you troubleshoot IT issues? This speaks directly to your problem-solving skills in an industry-specific context.
What’s your opinion of on-site vs. cloud solutions? (assuming the applications are functionally equivalent) Your answer demonstrates your knowledge in this emerging field. Form a thoughtful opinion that weighs the pros and cons of both.
What is your production deployment process? Project management has always been a key skill for IT companies — you’ll need have a general framework memorized to let interviewers know that you’ll manage each project thoughtfully and efficiently.
What software vendors have you worked with, and which do you prefer? Every company has its favorite companies it likes to work with, and is always looking to expand their network.
How important is it for you to work directly with users?The answer to this question might indicate how people-friendly you are. Make sure you mention that you’re open to working directly with users, when appropriate.
How do you define documentation? Why is it important? Good documentation is a core skill valued by almost all IT employers, so it’s important that you have a clear answer to this question.
It will help you remember your answers, plus add clarity to your thoughts, if you actually write out your answers to these questions beforehand. Make sure you also ask some questions of your own, and brush up on your communications skills while you’re at it.
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