What are some interview questions for network technicians
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- Before the interview
- During the interview
- After the interview
- The don’ts
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Sweaty palms and a quick trip to the bathroom are quite normal before an interview - no matter how many you've been to in the course of your career.
It is particularly important to present your skills and practical experience when interviewing for a job in IT or in the technical area. In order to ensure the greatest chances of success in doing this, you should take the time beforehand to brush up on your knowledge of the dos and don'ts of job interviews.
In this guide from Dynamic Search Solutions, we break the intimidating application process into manageable blocks. Starting with the preparation for the interview through to tips for afterwards, you can use it to impress the HR managers and secure your desired IT job by mastering the interview with flying colors.
Before the interview
This is your opportunity to prepare for both expected and unexpected interview questions. It doesn't matter whether you have two days or two weeks to do it - get to work before the interview. Do some research, plan your outfit and how you will be on time for the appointment.
Do your homework
Grab your pad and pen, your laptop, or whatever you prefer to take notes with. Do your research and review everything you need to know. At this point, here's what you should do:
- Research the company and its corporate culture. You need to be able to show genuine interest and knowledge about the company. Do your research thoroughly, starting with the company's mission statement and competing companies through to the company's market position. If the question arises during the interview: Why do you want to work for us? The HR manager will be impressed by your knowledge.
- Research the hiring manager. Find out who you will meet, what role they play in the company, and take a look at their profile on LinkedIn. This is not stalking, but serves to find out whether there are common contacts, interests or points of view that can easily break the ice.
- Read the job description. Read it again. Read it a third time. Get a better picture of what the position entails and find points of reference to your own experiences and skills. In the IT industry, the skills required are mostly specific. Look for ways to show how your skills can be transferred to it - even if they don't exactly match.
- Think about the common interview questions and write down how you plan to answer them. We'll get into that later in case you get stuck at this point.
- Prepare for the technical component. Technical discussions are an additional element in job interviews in IT or in technical areas - you need to be able to show that you know your way around. Therefore, find out about the latest developments in technology and take notes about the technologies you can handle.
Plan your outfit
When competition from other applicants is fierce, the final decision may also depend on what you wear. While some offices have a casual dress code, this doesn't apply to your job interview, which is supposed to make you look neat, presentable, and professional.
So what should you wear to an IT interview? First of all, avoid bright colors and crazy ties. In a survey by Robert Half Technology, 270 technical managers were asked which outfit would best suit an interview in their company. The majority said they preferred a formal business suit, followed by bespoke items.
Plan your journey
We've been in IT recruiting for a while, and one point we always tell applicants is that they should plan their journey well enough in advance. Use an online route planner and enter the time and date of your interview to take into account the traffic volume at that time.
We don't want to lecture you by stressing the importance of being on time for your interview, so just be - on time.
During the interview
You managed to arrive on time at the interview location, smile, shake hands and take a seat opposite the HR manager. Now is your chance to fall back on what you have prepared. The task now is to impress the hiring manager and show why you are the right choice for the job.
If you work with an IT recruitment agency, they will make sure you have everything you need to do your best during the interview.
Typical questions in the technical area
- Tell about yourself, is the phrase that occurs most frequently across all industries. So be prepared for this to begin the conversation. This is your chance to establish a connection and a good conversation base. Don't just list every point on your résumé (which is probably on the table in front of the person you are talking to). Talk about what makes you distinctive, be it extraordinary achievements, interests or hobbies. However, be careful not to go into too much depth and talk about it for too long.
- Explain to me [certain technology] in very simple terms. In the IT sector, the old saying applies: “If you can't just explain something, you probably don't understand it well enough.” The HR manager wants to know whether you can communicate with customers who have no technical knowledge. So answer the question in a straightforward manner, avoiding technical jargon and abbreviations.
- Tell me about [specific project] you worked on. Your interlocutor wants to know how you adopt new technologies and apply them in an innovative way in a project. Think of a relevant, demonstrable project that you can use as an example throughout the conversation. Talk about the goals of the project, how your new skills helped, and explain the results whenever possible.
Are you applying for a position as a network technician? Then take a look at our compilation of questions and answers in job interviews as a network technician to get a head start.
Pay attention to your body language
Sitting up straight, keeping a firm handshake, and maintaining eye contact throughout the conversation are things that are important. And we know the science behind it to back it up.
Read our blog on The Psychology of Body Language for tips on your non-verbal communication to send the right signals.
After the interview
You may think now is the time to take a deep breath and relax. That is partly true, but not entirely. The application process is almost over, but there are still a few things that should be considered for a successful interview.
Ask a few questions yourself
Almost every interview ends with the applicant temporarily assuming the position of questioner. Be careful throughout the conversation to identify real questions that you would like answers to. If you can't think of any, avoid jumping into this phase of the conversation. In most IT or technical interviews, the following questions are usually acceptable:
- Are there opportunities for further training or promotion in the position?
- How do you see the company developing over the next five years - and how does my position fit in?
- Can you tell me more about the IT team I would work on?
- What development processes are in progress in the company?
- What types of performance indicators are used?
- What do you like most about work here?
If you like the way the job sounds, let the hiring manager know before you leave. Showing that you want the job is sometimes the icing on the cake in order to assert yourself against your competitors.
Contact your recruiter
If you didn't get the interview by working with a specialist recruiter, you could email the hiring manager within 24 hours. In it you can simply thank him for his time and emphasize your interest in the position again.
If you've worked with a recruiter, he'll be curious to see how the interview went from your point of view. So call after that. You will be grateful for the opportunity to discuss the details of the conversation with someone who knows the industry. You can also let the recruiter know that you are still excited about the position (if you are) so they can pass this on to the employer.
How you present and behave in an IT interview mainly depends on your personality and the position itself, but there are a few things that you should absolutely avoid.
Certain faux pas will make you stand out for the wrong reasons, so avoid:
- Talking badly about your last employer. Even if your last boss sent you through hell and back day in and day out, don't let off steam on the person you're talking to when asked why you're looking for a new job. This may make it look like you are the one who is hard to work with. Also, you might come across as a negative person.
- Downplay or overemphasize your skills. There's a fine line between being confident and arrogant, so be honest when it comes to your abilities. Trying to look extremely humble can make you think you are not good enough for the job. And while technical know-how is important, that's not all you should emphasize - you are more than the sum of your technical skills, after all! A desirable candidate will also have people skills and be able to connect.
- Use too many phrases and keywords. We conducted a survey on Twitter to find out which phrases are most hated. A third of the participants chose the term “team player” and a further third “I learn quickly”.
Contact Dynamic for further assistance
Our most important tip - be yourself. Unless you're a shaking, nervous heap of misery and utterly confused. In this case, it is better to be someone else until you find yourself relaxing a little as the conversation progresses.
The Dynamic Search Solutions team specializes in IT recruiting and knows what employers in the technical sectors are looking for. That is why we can be your reliable advisor who supports and accompanies you in your job search through to the decision for a position. Simply send your résumé to [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 211 936 72477 to talk to the team about finding your next position.
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