After you’ve applied to one of our open jobs in the IT field, it’s time to get prepared for a potential job interview.

Preparing for an IT interview is different from preparing for a non-IT interview. Aside from the usual interview questions, candidates may be required to take tests to prove their skills and answer the technical questions. Your qualifications and preparedness will determine if you get the job or not.

Check out these 5 tips to ace your next IT interview:

1. Consider the skills and tools needed for the role

When you apply for an IT position, the first thing to consider is the basic requirements. Adequate research about the job requirement will guide you on what you need to prepare or study for the interview. A good understanding of what the job requires will prepare you for the likely questions in that area. 

For better preparation, take notes of what you need to study and refresh your knowledge about what the role requires.

2. Steer the conversation and ask questions

Having the ability to hold a professional conversation is an important skill set in today’s workplace. Try to focus the conversation on your strengths by providing thorough and detailed answers to questions, talking them through your past projects, and asking the interviewer some questions that show you came prepared.

Do your research on the questions you would like to ask the interviewer, and remember to always hold your questions for the concluding part of the interview.

3. Be enthusiastic about the opportunity

Enthusiastic candidates are always loved. If the interviewer sees you as positive and confident, they will more likely be at ease and engage you more. Interviewer will want to be sure you are happy if given the job.

4. Give honest answers

IT jobs are about problem-solving, and you will be asked many questions in that regard. If you are asked a question you aren’t sure of the answer; avoid taking wild guesses. Doing this will make you feel insecure and desperate.

The interviewers aren’t necessarily looking for the right answer, but how you will arrive at the answer. So, give your honest answer and if you don’t know, tell them how you would find out the answer.

5. Lean into your soft skills

Regardless of your technology skills, your soft skill level will play a major part in your interview success. Employers are comfortable working with a candidate that will interact well with others. 

The majority of candidates are nervous during an interview, but don’t be! Show how friendly you are and stay natural.