Tech jobs are in high demand. Most companies use computers for almost every aspect of their company. Not only is it used for sales and marketing. It is also used for communicating, scheduling meetings, holding meetings, keeping track of databases and so on. Sometimes the product itself is computer based, like a software program or service. IT jobs are everywhere.
They are also harder and harder to find, because a number of college students decided to go into IT and computer programming specifically because it was such a good market. The more people there are applying for these jobs, the harder it is for you to get the job you want. So when we saw an article by Business Insider entitled “How To Prepare For A Tech Job Interview” we decided to check it out and see if they were supplying you with sound advice.
Just the Basics
The article itself is useful, but only covers the basics of IT job interviews, and not in much depth. It also gives some advice that’s questionable:
Don’t panic if you don’t know a technical answer: most recruiters are more interested in how your brain works than in the actual answer.
… Maybe, but that’s not really true. There are so many IT professionals seeking jobs these days that companies are finding it harder to find employees that actually know how to do the job. The market is filled with workers that are ill equipped for the tasks needed by the company, and a bad coder or someone that doesn’t understand networking can set the company back for months.
Problem solving is a large part of Tech job interviews, as noted in the article, but the companies want to know that you actually can problem solve. It’s not good enough to simply show that you will be patient, as the article implies. You should be ready to give a logical, problem solving answer. Companies like Microsoft ask logic puzzles completely unrelated to IT because they give good insight on how an applicant solves problems. Other companies will supply you with an actual problem that may occur, and you will have to try to solve it.
IT job interviews are not easy. They can’t be, because there are far too many unemployed Tech workers that aren’t able to handle the jobs the companies need. The only way to filter them out is with a difficult interview. We feel the article itself downplays how hard these interviews are. You need to be ready, which means studying your field and making sure you apply to jobs in which you are knowledgeable in the work they will need.
Take Away Interview Tips
- IT job interviews are difficult.
- Continue to study your specialty until you are employed.
- Apply for jobs when you are a good fit.