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Land Your Dream Tech Job with These 6 Foolproof Interview Tips

September 14, 2018

Nothing is more intimidating than walking into an interview. Whether it is your first time or your umpteenth time, everyone gets a little nervous, it’s quite normal. Not to worry, we’ve come up with the top six tips that will make sure you land that dream job!

1. Do Research on the Company

First things first. After you get the call or the invite to go to the interview, you’d better hit the web and do some research. You should know everything there is to know about the company before walking in without being prepared.

It will help calm the nerves if you are a bit prepared, but also help you come up with great questions to ask your interviewer.

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2. Dress Appropriately

Next, you want to create a great first impression. While every company has its own set of rules when it comes to dress code, you have to look neat and presentable. You don’t want to get there in shorts and flip flops for your interview.

By putting some effort into your appearance, your interviewer will see that you are serious about the position and respects the opportunity to be there. Remember, first impressions last.

3. Be Punctual

The saying rather late than never is not applicable at all in interview situations. Remember what we said about first impressions? Well, being on time is the first thing, next to your appearance, the interviewer notes that.

If the company is in an area you are not familiar with, travel there the day before and note how long it takes to get there.

4. Have a Set of Questions

This ties in with the first tip, you need to do some research on the company beforehand. There is always a part during the interview where the interviewer will give you an opportunity to ask some questions. Remember, the position should fit you too.

Do some research on the company and come up with a couple of relevant questions beforehand. This will ensure you don’t sit in awkward silence and regret not asking something important later on.

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5. Honesty is the Best Policy

Now, while it is a very intimidating situation, you have to be honest. In everything you respond to or answer, always be honest during the interview. This rule applies to your strengths, weaknesses as well as your experience and skills. Sell yourself, but don’t oversell.

If you cannot answer a question, think of a way you would approach getting to the answer. Stay calm and think on your feet.

6. Smile, be Positive

Lastly but most importantly, you have to be friendly and approachable. Interviewers often prefer candidates who are enthusiastic and shows interest in the company and the role. It might be intimidating, but breathe, try to stay calm, and be friendly.

Don’t overdo it or appear like you are faking it. Just relax, be yourself and mention that you would love joining their team.

And there you have it. That’s some of the basic tips to ace any interview. We know how stressful it can be when you first start job hunting. Even though it is difficult, keep your spirits up and remain friendly and positive, at all times. Good luck!

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The Top Ten Tech Jobs of 2019

August 29, 2018

So, you are about to decide which path is best to take for a career in tech. Before you start considering what you want to do, you should probably attend a couple of industry workshops and conferences while you are at it.

In the meantime, you can have a look at some of the best tech jobs of 2019. These should give you an idea of what to expect in each specific role.

#1 Data Scientist

In general, you will be working with data and making the most out of it. You’ll be responsible for retrieving data and the analysis thereof to ensure a business is performing the best it possibly can. You might also be responsible for the development of AI tools.

#2 DevOps Engineer

If you like to have more hay on your fork than the next person, being a DevOps engineer is the best position for you. You’ll have to multitask and work with developers, operators and IT to manage code releases.

#3 Electrical Engineer

As an electrical engineer you will be responsible for the evaluation and implementation of electrical systems, components, applications and products. This will be achieved by conducting research and applying your knowledge of electrical systems.

#4 Mobile Developer

If you are someone with a keen interest in building apps, this job is for you. As a mobile developer you will be responsible for the building of apps for iOS or Android, or both. It is similar to the role of a software developer, but you will focus on building mobile software.

#5 Product Manager

As a product manager you will be responsible for developing new products. You’ll have to be a curious individual who loves conducting research and staying on top of potential new products. You’ll be at the helm of the entire product development process too.

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#6 Front-End Engineer

While working in the back end focuses on functionality, the front end focuses on what it looks like. As a front-end engineer, you will be in control of implementing all visual elements in specific applications and programs.

#7 Site Reliability Engineer

A site reliability engineer is responsible for identifying and managing asset reliability risk. The role is responsible for the efficient performance of all aspects within the IT department. It incorporates all aspects of software engineering and applies it to general operations.

#8 Hardware Engineer

As a hardware engineer, you will be responsible for the hardware configuration of computers. You’ll update systems by improving layout, design and specific components in computers. In a nutshell, you will be responsible for the effectiveness of machines used in your company.

#9 Software Engineer

There are many different roles and jobs within this category. You’ll have mastered one or more coding languages and use it in all areas of development including operating systems, networks or specific applications.

#10 QA Manager

As a quality assurance manager, you’ll be at the helm of the development team. You will be responsible for the drawing up and implementation of quality standards, procedures and specifications. You’ll be in charge of defining testing norms and supporting the development team.

Does any of the jobs listed here jump out to you? If so, be sure to have a look at upcoming industry workshops and conferences to attend. We wish you all the best for your future in tech!

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