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How to Ace Your Tech Interview - Five Expert Tips for Success

 

Congratulations! Your CV has passed the initial screening, and you've got an interview for that tech job you've had your sights on.

The tech sector is one of the UK’s most dynamic, and the demand for IT professionals is skyrocketing. High-calibre tech specialists are sought-after to support new start-ups and SMEs and provide vital in-house functions for large companies.

If you’ve been job hunting, you're likely aware of the industry's competitive nature. A challenge candidates sometimes experience when applying for a tech job is the length of the recruitment process. As many technology positions need specific technical skills, the process can be complex, with competency tests adding to the recruitment process. To help you succeed in your tech interview, we've compiled five expert tips that will give you the edge you need.

1. Research the Company

Before your interview, research the company. Understand the company's mission, values, and culture. Even if applying for a contract role, it is important to show why the organisation is of interest.

Take time to Google search the company. Online PR may reveal recent company achievements and Glassdoor may disclose some information about the interview process. If you secure an interview through a specialist recruitment consultancy, such as NU Concept Solutions, your consultant will have detailed information about the process and their ideal candidate.

2. Showcase Your Technical Skills

In the world of tech, your technical abilities are paramount. Whether you're a SQL developer, a Cloud implementation expert, or a coder, be ready to showcase your qualifications and talk about your experience. Review the job description, and practice talking about how your skills align with the role's requirements.

In IT, problem-solving skills are fundamental. You need to highlight your ability to diagnose and resolve issues. Be prepared to share instances where you've tackled complex problems. Provide examples of real-world applications, such as solving complex coding challenges or architecting business solutions.

Walk your interviewer through your troubleshooting process, emphasising your logical thinking and analytical skills. Highlight your experience by discussing the projects you've undertaken. Explain the challenges you've encountered and how you overcame them. Depending on the role you’re interviewing for, you might want to think about:

  • How did you lead a team in application development?
  • How did you handle large-scale migration of data to cloud?
  • Did you work on a Cloud project at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Which cybersecurity strategies did you use in your previous role to ensure data safety?
  • Which project did you enjoy working on the most?
  • Did you optimise an application or business process, resulting in cost savings?

Relate your accomplishments to the job's responsibilities, demonstrating how your expertise will add value to the job you are being interviewed for.

When it comes to preparing for interviews, it’s a good idea to be ready for both video and face-to-face interviews. Some firms, especially those hiring remote tech workers, may opt for a virtual interview.

3. Don’t Forget - Soft Skills Matter too

While technical skills are essential, don't underestimate the importance of answering behavioural questions well. IT professionals must be effective communicators and collaborators.

Interviewers are keen to understand how you work in a team, handle challenges, and communicate. Describe your experience working within cross-functional teams or explaining complex concepts to non-technical colleagues. Prepare examples from your professional experience that show agility and teamwork. The STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) is a good way to structure answers.

4. Guide the Interview

In this effective interview strategy, try to keep the conversation around your strengths. A portfolio can show off your computing skills. Include IT and digital transformation projects you've done in previous roles to make yourself stand out from other candidates. A tech-oriented organisation is looking for talent to fill skill and knowledge gaps. In a skills-short market, companies dislike turning away a multiskilled tech candidate.

5. Be Inquisitive

The tech industry evolves, and employers want their tech employees to stay current. Showcase your commitment to learning, whether through online courses, certifications, or projects and ask about the company's recent innovations or plans for digital transformation projects.

Prepare questions for the end of your interview about the company, the team, and the job. Asking questions shows your interest and helps you evaluate whether the company and role align with your career goals.

Remember, acing an IT interview means showing your skills and demonstrating your passion, adaptability, and willingness to learn. By following these tips and preparing for your interview, you'll increase your chances of securing that role. To help you find the right employer, register your details with us today or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will help you to find the right employer and the right role for you.