Interviews

Daily Tip: In Job Interviews, Know Your Audience

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If you’re applying for a highly technical role with a prospective employer, and you reach the interview stage, make sure you prepare adequately, and that you know your audience. If it’s a first-round interview with an HR staffer who doesn’t know the innermost workings of your field, resist the urge to launch into long descriptions full of technical detail; instead, aim for clarity and a good description of how your actions (positively) affected the business. But if you’re interviewing with… continue…

How to Ace Your Interview With the CIO

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You sailed through your job interview with the IT manager, and you established a great rapport with members of the development team. Now one last thing stands between you and the job offer: the interview with the CIO. Fortunately, there are some winning strategies and techniques for impressing a CIO when there’s a lot on the line: Do Your Homework Some candidates admit that they have no idea what the prospective employer does when they sit down with Cheryl Correll,… continue…

Daily Tip: Tell a Good Story

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Over at Business Insider, there’s a solid piece of advice for anyone heading into a job interview: Prepare and rehearse your best stories beforehand. Stories are powerful tools for selling yourself to an employer, because they illustrate how you’ve used your skills to improve a company’s culture or bottom line. They’re the best way to show off your problem-solving skills, and how well you interact with managers and customers. But they’re also not something you can deploy in a job… continue…

Interview Qs for PHP Developers

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Resolving stakeholder issues can turn an average PHP coder into an expert developer, according to Dallas-based Web developer and PHP aficionado Chris Cornutt. And he should know, as he’s worked with the open-source language (as well as the users who rely on it) for over 13 years. “Nine-to-five coders only see a piece of the puzzle,” Cornutt said in an interview. “When you delve a little deeper to solve a user’s problem, you not only gain an in depth understanding… continue…

Writing a Great Post-Interview Thank-You Note

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It’s common knowledge that job seekers should send thank-you notes to recruiters and hiring managers after an interview. The tough part is figuring out what to say and how to say it. Will an email suffice? And should you really use a formal salutation (“Dear [person’s name]”) to address the founder of a laid-back tech startup? Sending a customized, well-written thank-you note after an interview will certainly help you stand out, and could even allow you to seal the deal.… continue…

Google PM Talks Hiring at the Tech Giant

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Earlier this year, Google Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock, who heads up personnel hiring at the search-engine giant, told The New York Times that securing a job with the company required a combination of cognitive agility, creativity, and intellectual ability; it simply wasn’t enough to code well. Bock suggested that Google’s hiring processes are built to determine whether candidates’ reasoning is rigorous enough to succeed in an environment where cutting-edge thinking is considered the norm. “I’m not saying you have… continue…

How to Explain Your Technical Skills to HR

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It’s tempting to minimize the importance of conversations with recruiters or HR staffers as you work your way through the hiring process. After all, they’re not involved in the nuts and bolts of software development or hardware engineering, so how much influence can they have over deciding who gets picked for a technical job? The short answer is, “a lot.” Click here to find developer jobs. While they may not be well-versed in a company’s technology, HR staff will provide… continue…

Interview Qs for Systems Analysts

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Systems analysts assess and optimize existing IT systems, including networking processes and infrastructure. Their primary goal is to understand the needs of business units across the enterprise and deliver improvements in efficiency and productivity. Since systems analysts impact the bottom line, validating your accomplishments with facts and figures is a great way to set yourself apart during an interview, said Matt Kalush, an IT recruiter who works in Austin, Texas for Frontline Source Group, Inc. “Companies want systems analysts who… continue…

5 Ways to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

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A bad boss can stymie your professional growth, destroy your self-esteem and send you running for the exit. According to one study, three out of every four employees reported that their boss was the most stressful part of their job, and 65 percent would take a new boss over a pay raise. Can you spot a bad boss during a job interview? While it’s not an exact science, here are five warning signs that your future boss could be a… continue…

Interview Qs for SQL Developers

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Kimberly Tripp spends a lot of time fixing poorly architected databases. As a result, she’s learned to appreciate developers who know how to customize the appearance and behavior of SQL to meet each client’s needs. “Every environment is different,” said Tripp, president and founder of Bellevue, Washington-based training and consulting firm SQLskills. “Although there are some best practices like never turn on auto shrink, rock-star developers know there are multiple ways to design and create an SQL database.” Click here… continue…