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Interview Preparation Tips for Landing a Great Tech Job

By Laura Krawisz

You’re on the hunt for a tech job. Not just any job – your dream industry gig. So, how do you ensure you’re not sabotaging any chance of getting a job offer? Jerry Sastri, senior talent partner at Adobe, recently shared his advice during an interview for job seekers looking to break into the tech industry. His number one tip to stand out: be prepared.

As you gear up for your job search, read Sastri’s insider interview preparation tips from building a stand-out resume to making a lasting impression.

THE RESUME

On average, each job posting receives 118 applicants.[1] Improve your odds at landing an interview by critiquing your own resume and consider the following:

Make sure your resume includes:

1. Easy-to-follow simple formatting

2. Significant achievements that elevated your previous organizations’ business objectives

3. Metrics to validate successes

Nix the following:

1. False information

2. Too much formatting (e.g., photos, graphics)


If you’re contemplating a flashy or dynamic resume, a personal website – or both, Sastri says it’s not always necessary. “A portfolio or personal website is nice to have, but it’s not a must,” says Sastri. “For roles like UX designers, it makes more sense. If you choose to have a personal website, keep it professional.”

It may seem basic, but don’t forget to include your name and contact information. He notes resumes without both come across his desk more often than you’d think.

 

THE INTERVIEW

Of the 118 applicants who apply for one job listing, only 20% are tapped for interviews.[1] If you’re one – Congratulations!

Now what? Prepare. You never know who you’ll speak with, formally or informally. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, nearly 40% of employers noted candidates are required to meet with C-level executives during the interview process.[2]

Asking questions is a simple way to show enthusiasm and curiosity.  Sastri says interviewees could consider asking the following questions to get noticed:

1. Can you speak to how the company has evolved under the current direction?

2. What is your go-to-market strategy?

3. How does the organization differentiate itself from its competitors?



 

AFTER FACE TIME

When your interview concludes, stay top of mind by doing the following:

1. Send thank you messages to those you met during the interview process, as candidates may have phone or virtual interviews.

2. Alert your references about potential calls.

3. Stay engaged with the company via LinkedIn and social media. While you’re at it, clean up your digital footprint.



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[1] http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/04/17/7-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-your-job-search/
[2]http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?sd=10%2f17%2f2013&siteid=cbpr&sc_cmp1=cb_pr785_&id=pr785&ed=12%2f31%2f2013