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10 Worst IT Job Hunting Mistakes

10 Worst IT Job Hunting Mistakes

What's your worst job hunting mistake?


October 14, 2009

8. No Concrete Examples

There are a handful of standard IT interview questions you should be prepared for. Getting asked about your past job experiences is one of them. Don’t let this question stump you during a job interview!

For example, you might be asked, “Tell me about a time when you ran up against a difficult problem.” Talk about a time you recognized an obstacle, analyzed the situation, and overcame the challenge.

Essential Job-Hunting Information

If you have to sit and think about a time you dealt with a difficult software program, or had an issue with an IT client, the interviewer might assume that you’re unprepared. If you’re still having trouble thinking about your working past, grab a friend and have them quiz you with questions you might get asked at the real thing.

However, be honest if you don’t have an example. Telling the truth is always better than making up a lie that your employer could learn about later.

9. Failing to Ask Questions in an Interview

Curiosity killed the cat, but it can help you ace your IT interview. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! After all, a job interview goes both ways. It’s not just you who’s in the hot seat, but the interviewer too!.

Failing to ask questions is a big mistake for job seekers; it shows lack of interest and unpreparedness. Don’t just ask about whatever pops into your head, either. Intelligent questions show you’ve done your research, and put thought into the interview.

Go for in-depth questions, like asking about the company culture, or successful traits of someone who previously held the position you are applying for. Not only are you proving that you’ve made an investment in them, you’ve shown that you’re worth making an investment in too.

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