Interviewing doesn’t come easily to every IT consultant, even though you probably do it several times a year. However, there are some important steps you can take to ace your next interview.
Be Honest About Your Strengths and Weaknesses
It’s tempting to downplay or even ignore talking about weakness in an interview, but honesty is essential. You never know which skills and knowledge are the most important, so be honest with the interviewer. Hiring managers know skills can be learned, and you may even score some bonus points for being honest. Say something like, “I don’t have expert experience on that platform, but I have used it in the past. I’m a fast learner and I have no doubt I could pick up the essential skills quickly.”
Show Your Passion
Skills can be taught, but passion and enthusiasm cannot. If you love what you do, don’t be afraid to show it in an interview. Retail IT work can be extremely stressful. The hours can be long, the pressure is high and the competition fierce. Hiring managers want positive, passionate people on their team who can remain excited about their work no matter the circumstances.
Showcase Your Soft Skills
Even if you’re hired to work remotely, you will still need to interact harmoniously with your supervisor and the people on your team. Soft skills are extremely important, so you must showcase your ability to communicate verbally and in writing, be sympathetic and empathetic to others, show you are motivated, a team player and a creative problem-solver.
Sell, Sell, Sell
Interviews, no matter how lengthy, are designed to answer one simple question: What value would you bring to the organization? That means you must be able to sell yourself as the only choice for success. Every anecdote you tell should showcase the ways you added value with a previous employer. Quantify your achievements and articulate your unique value as a candidate.
Ask Thoughtful Questions
Never show up to an interview without a list of questions. Those questions should help you better understand the job and organization, and help you stand out from your competition. Most people will ask about pay or ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, but you want to dig deeper. Consider asking questions like:
- What soft skills and attributes do you need to succeed in this position?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the team today?
- How would you describe the company culture?
- Is there anything that concerns you about me being a fit for this role?
Remember to end the interview by asking about next steps and following up with a thank-you note. While those seem like elementary steps, a lot of people skip them. If the hiring manager ends up having to choose between you and another candidate, you don’t want to be the one who didn’t seem interested enough to follow up.
If you are an experienced retail IT professional seeking new opportunities to grow your career through consulting engagements, the recruiters at Verity Retail Solutions can help. We work exclusively with retailers and their partner companies to help them staff innovative new projects. To learn more about the ways in which Verity Retail Solutions can help you achieve your career goals, contact us today.