Research shows that the demand for IT workers will grow as much as 22 percent through 2020, so as a jobseeker in this industry, you may not be too worried about finding work. That said, it’s still important to stand out from the competition when it comes to the interview. Below we’ve compiled 5 tips that can help you do just that and land your dream job:
- Perfect your resume. This may not come as a surprise, but as a jobseeker you need a resume that sells. Your resume needs to show the employer that you can succeed in the position you’re applying for and that you’ll be a good fit with the company. Poor grammar and spelling mistakes are not acceptable.
- Focus on people skills. It’s often assumed that programmers don’t know how to interact well with other people, so it’s important that you prove them wrong. Be prepared to showcase your communication and leadership skills through strongly delivered answers during the interview. You should also be prepared to talk about yourself and explain why you are the best candidate for the job.
- Be prepared for programming challenges. Some employers may present you with a programming challenge to complete. Don’t let this catch you off guard. Come to the interviewed prepared to showcase your abilities and problem- solving skills.
- Get security clearance. Depending on the position, a security clearance may be required. Most employers prefer hiring someone who already has this clearance, so make sure yours is up to date. If you don’t have clearance, research ahead of time to find out if the position may require it and find out if you are eligible.
- Prove yourself. A potential employer may be looking to see real-world examples of your work. Since you may not be able to show off the work you’ve done for other companies, you should always have a personal project of some sort that you can showcase instead. Additionally, side projects serve as a great selling point in an interview.