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5 IT Job Interview Mistakes New Grads Make

Hiring managers expect more from newly minted IT grads than ever. Establish a GitHub presence -- and avoid other common blunders.

you'd like to be paid competitively or comparatively to the market. "Sometimes you'll be in a situation where they say, 'We only have a budget for X amount; would you take it?' You can always decide later that you don't want the job because of the money, but don't make it an issue up front."

Petralia pointed out that it's important to prove your worth first. "Show that you can help this company move in the right direction."

4. You don't ask questions
When the hiring manager asks at the end of the interview if you have any questions, always be prepared to ask a few.

"I hate interviewing people where I ask all the questions, and then I ask if they have any questions for me -- and they don't," Padir said. "You need to have at least one to show you are engaged."

"A lot of people think that when this question comes up, it's the end of the interview," Petralia added. "This is another opportunity to show that your experience is relevant: Ask about tech platforms in regards to your skill set; ask about culture or what projects are in their pipeline."

5. You don't say thank you
Once the interview is over, you must write a thank-you note to everyone who interviewed you, Petralia said.

"Touch on the basics that you talked about. This will make you stand out and make your candidacy fresh in their minds," she said. "Be sure to reiterate your interest in the role and thank them for their time. Forgetting a thank-you letter is a huge no-no."

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Kristin Burnham currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Senior Editor, covering social media, social business, IT leadership and IT careers. Prior to joining InformationWeek in July 2013, she served in a number of roles at CIO magazine and CIO.com, most recently as senior ... View Full Bio

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donderrins
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donderrins,
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5/9/2014 | 10:29:54 AM
researching the company
For my internships and full time jobs I have always found it useful to show the interviewer that it is not just another company that I want to see if they'll hire me; it is a company that I want to contribute, be part of.

Doing my online research about the company, checking their social posts, recent news about them, etc all gives me a chance to start an interesting conversation with the interviewer, and it shows my interest level.
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kenotani,
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5/9/2014 | 10:12:33 AM
being paid competitively
I am excited for interviews but I always feel like they are going to hire me for a very low salary since I don't know how to handle those questions. Clearly they are the ones experienced in this.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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5/9/2014 | 10:10:16 AM
Your thoughts?
What other words of advice can you offer graduates? Let's hear your stories.
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