Common Interview questions for IT
1. What makes you unique?
Employers often ask this question to identify why you might be more qualified than other candidates they’re interviewing. To answer, focus on why hiring you would benefit the employer. Since you don’t know the other applicants, it can be challenging to think about your answer in relation to them.
“What makes me unique is my ability to meet and exceed deadlines. In my previous role, my manager consistently praised me for completing my projects efficiently with a high level of quality. This allowed me to take on additional responsibilities and eventually led to a promotion.”
2. Why do you want to work here?
Interviewers often ask this question to determine whether or not you took the time to research the company and think critically about whether you’re a good fit. The best way to prepare for this question is to do your homework and learn about the products, services, mission, history and culture of this workplace.
The company’s mission to help college grads pay off their student loan debt resonates with me. I’ve been in student loan debt myself and would love the opportunity to work with a company that’s making a difference. Finding a company with a positive work environment and values that align with my own has remained a priority throughout my job search and this company ranks at the top of the list.”
3. What do you know about this company/organization?
A quick search in the “About” page of the company/organization you are applying for should be enough, right? Well, yes and no.
Think of this as an open-ended question. There’s no real wrong answer here, other than:
I don’t know anything about this organization. In fact, how did I end up here? Can you guys call me a cab real quick?
However, the more you actually know about the company, the better your chances of getting hired.
Imagine 2 equally competent candidates:
1. One who doesn’t particularly care much about your company, and is only applying because they know you pay good salaries
2. Another who’s been following your company blog for ages, loves your product, and has several friends already working in the company
Which one would you pick? Exactly, the second one!
4. How did you hear about this position?
Although at first glance this might seem like a straightforward question, you should grab any opportunity you can to show your interest in the company.
Even if you haven’t been continuously refreshing the company’s website for job listings, make it seem like you have (in a professional way, of course). Show excitement and curiosity.
If someone inside the company told you about the position or recommended that you apply, definitely make sure to mention that.
You’ll have a much better chance at getting hired if someone credible can vouch for your skills.
5. What motivates you?
Employers ask this question to gauge your level of self-awareness and ensure your sources of motivation align with the role and company. To answer, be as specific as possible, provide real-life examples and tie your answer back to the job role and/or the company’s mission
Making a true difference in the lives of my patients and their families motivates me to strive for excellence in everything I do. I look forward to seeing my patient’s reactions when we get a positive outcome that will change their lives forever. That’s why I became a nurse and why I’m pursuing a position in pediatrics.
6. What are your greatest strengths?
In your answer to this question, share your most relevant technical and soft skills. While it may feel uncomfortable to talk highly of yourself, remember that this is your opportunity to tell your interviewers what makes you a great candidate—and they want to hear it.
7. What kind of work environment do you like best?
The aim of this question is to assess whether you’ll fit in the company’s working environment.
For example, some organizations are pretty structured and hierarchical, they require tight organization and have a well-planned day filled with rules and guidelines on how to do things.
If you’re the creative, think-out-of-the-box type who likes to break the rules and innovate, this is probably not going to cut it for you.
On the other hand, some companies are more laid back, with a lot less bureaucracy. “Go get us more sales” can actually be your main duty for the week if you’re working in an early stage startup.
If you’re the type who prefers to have strict to-dos and objectives, you probably won’t enjoy such a job.
So, the takeaway? Different people work best in different environments, and that’s okay.
Before you go to the interview, go through the company’s website and social media pages to get a sense of the general vibe and environment there.
8. Why did you change your career path?
If you recently changed your career path, the interviewer is sure to ask about it.
Don’t worry – there’s nothing wrong with this.
A lot of people go through a career change. Some even do it several times in their lifetime!
As long as you’re good at what you do, no one cares if you were a pediatrician in one year, and a professional chef in another.
When asked this question, all you have to do is answer truthfully. Explain how your old job just wasn’t for you, and how the job you’re applying for is so much more interesting.