Article: Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

By:Isabelle Pike

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Article: Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

A common mistake made in interviews is not providing clear and concise answers. Ensure you have prepared specific answers to questions which allow you to demonstrate your tech knowledge from your industry experience, to the hiring manager.

It’s crucial to prepare for an interview in order to fully understand the job you are applying for – whether it’s within DevOps, Engineering, Cloud, Kubernetes etc. You need to show your enthusiasm and show the hiring manager that you’re the ideal candidate they’ve been searching far and wide for!

Before attending an interview, I suggest going through the job description in more detail. This will give you an understanding of what the hiring manager is looking for. They could be looking for someone with experience in Kubernetes, someone with experience in data mining and coding or even for someone to come in and help the team with their current operations. With this is mind, think about your previous industry experience and how you could use it going forward.

Whilst knowing about the organisation and the position is important, it is equally important to update your knowledge of key industry insights and change such as diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Keep updated with the DevOps industry by reading up on the latest media releases, materials from relevant articles or academic qualifications.

A prime mistake that candidates make during an interview is not asking enough questions. At the end of an interview, it is common practice for the hiring manager to say, “do you have any questions?”.

This is your chance to leave a memorable impression by asking relevant questions that can really give your interview the ‘wow’ factor.

Engaging interview questions allow for two elements:

  • Going the extra mile to find out more about the position or company
  • Demonstrate to the hiring manager that you have done your research and are keen on the job role

 

So, what is an ideal interview question? Here are a few examples that you could use during your interview:

 

Questions to ask about the job

It’s good to demonstrate interest in the role to ensure you are showing the hiring manager that you are serious about determining your suitability of the job.

  • What do the day-to-day responsibilities of this job entail?
  • In your experience, what do you think are the main qualities for someone to excel in this role?
  • What is the company and team culture like?
  • If I was to be successful, what should my expectations be of the first three months?  And yours, what would you expect from me in those first three months?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
  • Is there scope for promotion?
  • How do you measure performance?

 

Questions to ask about the company

It is crucial to do your homework, to make sure you know the basics e.g. top clients, office locations, products or services, or what the brand has been up to recently.

  • What can you tell me about your new product or service plans for growth?
  • I’ve read about how the company was established, are you able you tell me more about it?
  • What is the company’s vision for the next 5 years?

 

Questions to ask about the current job landscape

Demonstrate your confidence and understanding to the hiring manager of the current landscape, by asking the right questions to set you apart and give you a truly unique edge.

  • What DevOps trends do you see dominating the industry?
  • How do you support diversity and inclusion?
  • What are your CSR (corporate social responsibility) strategies?
  • How does your company add value to society?
  • What are the largest challenges your company faces?

Make sure you have read anything you can find about the company in relation to these questions so you can introduce the question by saying something like, ”I notice on your website/in relevant trade magazines or other media, the company does x or y…” in relation to diversity and inclusion, for example.  Also, be ready to discuss these wider issues that you raise as questions to show your interviewers you have considered them because they might expect further input from you.

 

Follow-up

  • What is the next step in the interview process?

With all this in mind you should always ask questions throughout an interview – it shows engagement and can also make you feel more comfortable. You are not just attending the interview; you are interviewing them as a potential company to work for, you are having a conversation with them as potential colleagues.  Additionally, have some interesting questions ready that you have prepared beforehand to ask at the end of an interview, and remember to think outside the box!

 

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