A job interview is an opportunity to showcase your unique skills and stellar personality. When conversing with a hiring manager, every minute and detail counts. Below, we’ve rounded up some simple extra strategies for impressing the hiring manager before and during an interview:

1. Organise your IT Certifications. Gather all the IT certificates that you’ve received from seminars, skills test, courses and certification programs. Arrange them well and place them on a sweet spot on your CV. Be more specific and clearer with the titles and dates. As much as possible enumerate them according to your personal level of expertise and to how they will impact the role you’re applying for.

Presenting certifications on a resume well is one key to standing out in the running for a job vacancy which is why it’s so important to understand how to indicate tech certifications, memberships and licenses.

2. IT is not all about IT. Being in the field of IT does not mean that you only need to have certain tech skills, you also need a wide range of non-tech skills in order to survive the game. When you mix up these two sets of skills, it’ll make you a perfect IT professional. Hiring managers want to see the overall package.

Proficiency in new technologies is only one part of the 2022 skills equation. “Human” skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion, and negotiation will likewise retain or increase their value, as will attention to detail, resilience, flexibility and complex problem-solving.

Emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence, as well as service orientation, are also set to see a particular increase in demand relative to their current prominence today.

3. Show them that you’re always “on-the-go”. You understand quite well that information technology is a fast-paced industry. Hiring managers are always on the move – from one job interview to another job interview, and from team briefing to another business meeting. So, it would be best if you will always express your commitment. Be proactive and flexible in the process of scheduling or rescheduling interviews and in taking each step of the hiring process.

IT Hiring Managers are like hunters in the wild. They can sense when you have hesitations. Honest and constant communication is the key to eliminate any early doubt.

Nitha Coetzer
Director, Synergy Placements