Whenever an interview happens, the candidate is usually worried about what he or she is doing. Not many take the time to think what the interviewer is thinking. What are some of the key needs on the other side? Is the interview not an extraordinary chance to fulfill those needs and make the situation a win-win for all?
You may have heard a lot of tips for getting ready for the interview, but just trying to put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes can make everything so much simple for you. IT companies have a distinct business model that involves many stakeholders and tasks – that’s exactly why some areas like client –interaction, team management, adherence to deadlines, empathy for user requirements, quality awareness and a big picture mindset is crucial for an employer to seek out.
1. Why should you have a good body language?No interviewer is going to make you perform a ballet or a headstand. All they want to check is if your confidence is good enough. That is what a strong body language conveys. A candidate who is not confident would never help the company deal with tough clients or new team members.
2. Why should you or your CV talk about accomplishments?No one is too interested in counting the trophies of your life, but yes, they do want to know how you went through a tough challenge and what you learnt from the experience. This enables them to assess you for some complex and challenging parts that IT jobs entail.
3. Being Thorough with Your SubjectsWhatever may be your stream in IT, ensure you know about it thoroughly. You should not write anything in the CV that you cannot sufficiently or convincingly answer or explain. From ‘what is a local block’ in a C Program to explaining the outcome of a C program project, the interviewer is trying to know how much of this project was actually done by you and your expertise level or the absence of it. This could apply to any of the other streams of IT that you have applied for.
4. Grooming, eh?Why should your tie, collar or shoe-shine matter to someone else? Does he not have a dapper suit on himself? Well, it is a reflection of how much care you can invest in something and your overall sense of discipline. This shapes you as someone who will respect deadlines, project quality, time-goals and presentation aspects strongly. No part of a personality is isolated because each part trickles over to the other sides too. You, as a person, say so much about you as a professional.
5. Tea-Bag testWhenever they are trying to argue too much or make you panic with strange and abrupt questions, they are doing a stress check. Are you able to take the strain? Do you give up in hot waters? Can you handle tough people, angry clients and random situations with ease and success? That’s what they are looking for.
6. Soft SkillsWhen they ask you to describe yourself, there is a quest for power of expression and the ability to communicate one’s thoughts well. Communication is, ironically, the most neglected and least-respected aspect in a geek’s universe. No matter how great one’s coding is, when it comes to dealing with actual users of that code, what would push one apart from others is a mix of soft skills – articulation, listening, thoroughness and a solution-oriented approach.
If you think this is too much to ask to be prepared for, then go find a mentor or a professional training Institute like TalentSprint. They can help you gain subject knowledge and also groom you to face the interview boldly and with confidence. An added advantage is their in-house campus interviews which you can tap into right after the course.
Remember that IT industry thrives on the end user, and application of technology and not just on the kick of technology. It is important to imbibe some factors in one’s personality and overall package if one wants to be a part of this space. Can you solve problems that the company intends to solve as its business model? Can you handle its customers? Can you work along with other employees? Can you be a help instead of a hindrance?
If you can check these boxes, all you need now is to walk up to that interview room with confidence. And when you do that, don’t just look in the interviewer’s eyes, but look at things from his/her eyes too.