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Interviews in IT world: 5 tips to avoid epic fail

Updated on January 28, 2015

So, you were invited for the interview on a position you wanted to occupy. Now it is your turn to show the strong sides and not to lose the perfect chance to be hired. IT specialists should know how to behave during the interview. Sometimes, even a professional who is in high demand, can fail the process. It won't be difficult if you don't know what to say and what to do. So the basic advices must be followed.

Remember that if you are currently employed in some other company and its rules allows you taking pets to the office, it doesn't matter that the same situation will be on a potential place. So, think in advance and try to avoid flubs as much as possible. If you want to get IT job vacancy, be prepared for the interview and check the essential tips that will definitely lead you to success.

Be prepared in advance

Thanks to a great number of professional social networks like XING and LinkedIn, you have all the chances to do your first home task. Prepare your profile, exclude provoking and unnecessary information. Moreover, try to find more details about company and people you will be interviewed by. But don't be creepy and annoying with comments, likes and stupid questions. This won't take a lot of time, but will help in making the step forward.

Ask questions

Don't be afraid of asking questions on the interview. Remember that you need to show the interest in a position. Ask about the company culture, projects they are working on, possible career development path. Don't be afraid asking about the money and other bonuses.

Dress and behave formally

Business style clothes is winning in many cases. Even if it is summer outside and company dress code policy allows shorts, sandals and sunglasses on your head the same as the other informal clothes, it doesn't mean that you may come in casual for the interview. Another important thing is your phone. Don’t forget to put it off

Don't be late

If you really want the job, come on time. Keep in mind that you are not a star and everyone is busy. Usually interviews are planned in advance and you being late may play a bad deal with your potential employer as well. It is not difficult to be prepared and to have enough sleep the day before.

Be ready to discuss your past projects and experience

The job could be PHP developer with experience in frameworks. So, be ready to discuss frameworks your were dealing with before. There might be some test task, so don't lie and apply more skills than you have in reality. You should be prepared in the best way and experience you have must be the great power.

Keep in mind that you can't be exactly sure whom you will be talking with during the interview and who will oversee the process. If you really want to get the job, follow the advices and show yourself in the best light.


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