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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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11/5/2014 | 9:56:49 AM
Re: I met some people who could have used this
Excellent point. Thanks for sharing. I bet many of us have had that same experience.
SaneIT
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11/5/2014 | 9:47:17 AM
Re: I met some people who could have used this
I've walked out of a couple thinking that there was no way they would hire me but got a call offering me a position.  Sometimes even when you feel like you are making a mess of things you're actually doing pretty well.  I think the people who shut down and it becomes an exercise in dragging information out of them need to recognize this.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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11/4/2014 | 11:52:56 AM
Re: I met some people who could have used this
@SaneIT, thanks for sharing re. showing resiliency even if you stumble during an interview. That is an important point. Of course people will try to push you hard during an interview -- keep on going through it. We have all had interviews where we came home and said "I either aced that or flunked it, that's how hard they pushed me." Show your strength.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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11/4/2014 | 7:28:40 AM
I met some people who could have used this
7. Don't pretend to know everything.

I recently did some interviewing for an open position, this was by far one of the biggest problems I ran into.  A lot of  "I do everything" but when pressed they did none of it well.  I'm all for a confidence in your skill set but please don't try to be something that you're not.  Chances are I'm not looking for a know it all in the first place.

 

9. Show resiliency.


This one isn't just applying to jobs even after being told no.  This includes getting tripped up during the interview which is a tactic I use often.  If I catch you off balance and you shut down then I know you're not going to survive the pace that I expect people to work at.  If you recover and we can move forward it shows me what is going to happen when you get stumped on a project and have to work your way through a problem.

 
vnewman2
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11/3/2014 | 5:19:26 PM
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In an interview I would always recite the 3 "R"s - Reliable, resilient, and resourceful - which I think is the most important by the way.  The way a person handles a situation when there's no immediate solution to be had I think speaks volumes about their success in IT.  There's always a workaround.  You just have to savvy enough to figure out what the end-game is and get there.  You can find a permanent solution down the road.
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11/3/2014 | 12:30:48 PM
Re: Rich collection of ideas
I really appreciate bringing all these ideas together.  I'm trying to break in to the IT field and i'm having a hard time with the whole interview process.  I will definitely try these tips.  I think with the competitive job market that we have know, any type of help is welcomed. 
Somedude8
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11/3/2014 | 11:08:01 AM
Outstanding!
This is an exceptional article! The brief video clips are gold.
BruceHarpham
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BruceHarpham,
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11/3/2014 | 10:39:38 AM
Rich collection of ideas
Bravo on bringing together such a variety of ideas. Several of these ideas apply to more senior people too (networking but also working on outside projects).


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