Interviewing to Get the Job
“What’s the most difficult part of being an IT …?”
The word difficult can morph into “a weakness” even if that isn’t so. Use well-chosen words to subliminally make a difference in the thoughts an interview will have about you.
Reply by replacing difficult with the word “challenging” as meeting challenges is a positive. State something you find challenging in your IT job, but in which you excel. Describe how you work through challenges to produce excellent results.
For instance: “Documenting can be challenging particularly as I’m thorough – but it is so important that I pride myself on meeting the challenge.”
Sharon Boerbon Hanson is associate executive director of Advance IT Minnesota, a Center of Excellence that promotes awareness of and excellence in IT careers in order to ensure business success. She has over 25 years’ experience marketing and brand-building, and has been a resume and interview coach 15 years.