Employers now place greater emphasis on how technology professionals engage with other areas of the business.
Candidates that demonstrate strong communication skills and a collaborative approach at work will be better placed to secure the best roles in sought-after companies.
To demonstrate your aptitude in these areas during your interview, you need to demonstrate that you’ve considered your own capabilities carefully, as well as your potential to develop in the role.
“It is not just enough to be technically competent,” says Nicholas Jones, Senior Manager of Technology Recruitment at Robert Walters Dubai.
"Your technical skills will get you the first interview, but for many employers they will also be looking to see how you can engage with the business to achieve successful business outcomes."
You need up-to-date, practical knowledge of technical skills that appear on your CV and be prepared to discuss these at length. You should:
Likewise, you should be prepared to discuss why you chose your particular career path as well as reasons for accepting and leaving any prior jobs and gaps in employment as well as your future aspirations.
It’s unlikely that the role you move into will be an exact match of a role you were in before. To prepare, consider:
If there are gaps in your experience, don’t be afraid to acknowledge this. Researching how you can learn these skills on-the-job will show your proactivity and capacity to learn.
Not doing adequate research on the company will often be more noticeable than you’d expect, and it can reflect very poorly on your commitment to the role. Outside of particulars on the company and its operations, you’ll want to consider:
Most interviewers will expect you to have prepared a selection of questions for them as well. Aside from the more common and practical questions, try to think of something more unusual to show you’ve really considered your suitability for the role. These should be future oriented and could include things surrounding;
“Employers now want their technology professionals to truly understand how their role can impact the greater business as well as those who can liaise with both technical and non-technical stakeholders to find the best possible solution” said Nicholas.
For any final preparations or should you have any questions, your specialist recruiter will be a fantastic source of guidance to provide you with the key things you’ll need to know.
They should also have insight into your interviewer’s personality, their interview style and the competition you’re up against.
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