Interviewing to Get the Job

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.

Avoid Interview Tricks, Traps, and Pitfalls

Employers are looking for “must haves.” Present yourself as a “must have” by avoiding the tricks, traps, and pitfalls that trip up many people during interviews. For each question the employer asks, you want to answer in a way that positions you as the most desirable candidate.