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The Ultimate Guide to Prepare for a Digital or IT Interview from a Leading Recruitment Agency in Wellington

You probably have a pretty good idea of what to expect in a job interview.

But the unknown combined with the pressure of interviews might leave you nervous or doubting whether you can make a good enough impression to land the role.

With the right preparation, you can take most of the stress out of the interview process and go in confident you’ll be showing them the absolute best version of yourself.

As one of the leading recruitment agencies in Wellington, we know what it takes to get our candidates prepared for their next big interview so they can secure the role they truly want!

Here we share our no-fail interview prep guide:

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The Basic Prep for a Technology or Digital Interview

There’s a few key preparation pointers that should never be overlooked. Because when it comes to tech job interviews, you’re expected to look and act the part:

Step 1: Look sharp

Use your own judgement here, and match your dress style to that of the company because it’s unlikely you’d wear the same thing to a small start-up as you would to a large multinational or finance company. If you’re unsure of exactly what to wear, always opt for neutral corporate attire. And make sure it’s neat, clean and ironed. And finally, get a haircut if you need it. Remember you are a top IT candidate to it’s important you look the part!

Step 2: Do your research

Don’t underestimate how effective demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the role, company, and market the company serves can be in an interview. The more you know the better – and the interviewer will pick up on it. Try and develop a good understanding of the company and the people who work there. Thanks to the volume of information freely available on the internet this is a far easier process than in the past. What are the company’s main products or services? Who are their major clients? What is the company’s current focus and likely future direction? The company website, media reports, and LinkedIn are all great resources for this type of research. Take notes during your research, which helps you remember the information better and can also be used to quickly refer to during the interview if needed.

Step 3: Practice replying to interview questions

You can’t always know exactly what you’ll be asked but you can usually predict the most likely questions that will come your way. Be prepared to answer questions about your experience, strengths, career goals, and interests. Make sure you know your resume inside out so if you put it together a while ago, give yourself a refresher so the details you’ve included are at the front of your mind for the interview. Be prepared to talk in detail about any aspect or detail of your resume. Check if there will be a technical component to the interview. These are increasingly common in IT roles where they want to be able to observe your approach to real-world tech problems you’re likely to need in your role. This is often led by someone different to the interviewer such as a software engineer. So if you’ll be required to do a technical interview, don’t forget to also find out their details and check out their LinkedIn profile so you understand their role and where they fit into the organisation.

Step 4: Know the location

Make sure you have the right address details and any other directions you might need. It also helps to actually be familiar with the company and location. This doesn’t mean you have to go undercover and stake out the company beforehand. But if you’ve never been to that part of the city before or used the public transport option you’ll be taking to get there, then it’s a good idea to visit the location once before the interview so you’re familiar with everything and have a good idea exactly how long it will take to get there. There’s no worse feeling than misjudging the travel time and arriving late or stressed as you’ve had to rush at the last moment to get there on time.

Step 5: Think about how you want to be received

Technical skills and experience are great but at the end of the day, people are looking for IT candidates they can work well with so make an extra effort to be friendly and personable. It’s important to try and build rapport and make a connection with everyone you speak with. This is easier in person but also important in a phone or video interview. You want to leave the interviewer or panel with the impression you’re someone they’d like to be working with and will fit well into the company culture.

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We’ve helped IT candidates find their dream tech and digital careers for over 20 years. Here are some examples of questions IT candidates can expect from a job interview here in Wellington.

Ice-breaker questions:

  • Tell me a little bit about yourself?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • Why are you leaving your current job?
  • Why do you want this role?

Behavioural questions:

  • Describe a time when you disagreed with a team member. How did you resolve the problem?
  • Tell me about a time when you failed and how you responded to it.
  • Give me an example of when you had to assume a leadership role for a team.
  • What is the most difficult/challenging situation you’ve ever had to help resolve in the workplace?
  • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a supervisor.
  • How do you approach difficult problems? Do you have a process you follow?

Situational questions:

  • Tell me about a time you had to choose something else over doing a good job.
  • Describe a situation where you weren’t satisfied with your role. What could have made it better?
  • Tell me about a time your workload was really high. How did you work through it?
  • Can you outline a long-term project you were involved in? How did you manage your time during the project to meet your deadlines?

Skills-based questions:

PHP developer

  • What are the main error types in PHP and how do they differ?
  • How can you enable error reporting in PHP?
  • How can you find the number of elements in an array?

Java developer

  • Explain the differences between Java 7 and 8.
  • What type of collections do you know about?
  • What methods does the object class have?
  • Why Is the string object immutable in Java?

Front-end developer

  • How do you ensure that your website design or web application is accessible and user-friendly?
  • What are your favorite features of HTML5, and how have you implemented them in your front-end development projects?
  • How do you structure your CSS and JavaScript to make it easier for other developers to work with?
  • Can you explain the concept of a CSS float and provide an example of its usage?

Back-end developer

  • Can you describe the software lifecycle at your previous position? What did you like most and what would you have liked to change?
  • What is your favourite programming language and why?
  • Describe your understanding and experience with object-oriented programming (OOP)?
  • What is the largest web application you have worked on and what coding were you responsible for?

Full-stack developer

  • What are the success factors for Continuous Integration?
  • What are some ways that you can optimise a website to be as efficient and scalable as possible?
  • What key things do you need to consider when coding with SEO in mind?
  • How would you prevent a bot from scraping your publicly accessible API?

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