In today’s competitive market for technical talents, you may think it’s easy to land any job you want, provided that you meet most of the requirements in the job description.
But even with tech’s job market nearing full employment levels, you can get rejected applying for a job that matches your skills. Why is that? We will dive into some ways to minimize your risk of elimination.
The most important quality in acing your interview is the ability to express yourself. Even if you are able to correctly solve a complex coding problem, you may end up being eliminated from the hiring process if you can’t effectively communicate your ideas. An experienced technical recruiter Kevin Reetz says: “Communication skills are becoming increasingly important, especially in small environments where developers need to sell their ideas to non-technical product managers and architects.”
The second most important quality in a technical interview is displaying a “How can I help” attitude versus a “What’s in it for me” attitude. Scott MacKinnon, CEO of recruiting firm Technical Connects says it doesn’t matter how technically qualified you are; you need to show passion in contributing to the prospective employers’ goals.
Research, research, research!
These days, failing to research the job, company and hiring manager before an interview isn’t going to cut it. With a plethora of information easily accessible via the Web, hiring managers expect you to ask intelligent questions about the technology stack, provide relevant examples when describing your experience, and show how you might fit in with the company culture.
“From the hiring manager’s perspective, failing to prepare for an interview sends the message that you just don’t care,” MacKinnon added.