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DOWNLOA Six ways to shoot yourself in the foot during an IT job interview

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Six ways to shoot yourself in the foot

by Info-Safety, LLC In reply to DOWNLOAD: Six ways to sho ...

You can certainly add "acting like you know it all" to the list. A job applicant, when asked what programming languages he knew, responded "All of them." When we pressed him to enumerate them, he replied that there wasn't enough time in the day. We really got a great laugh after he left the room!

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Very interesting...

by ObiWayneKenobi In reply to Six ways to shoot yoursel ...

This was an interesting read; I myself feel I lost a good job opportunity because it was for a tech support position and I mentioned that I wanted to move into network administration; at the time I thought this showed a drive to succeed. I don't completely agree with the document, though, in that I can't see why showing ambition can hurt (provided you do it subtely). I would think that any company that would not hire you because you want to improve yourself (and them by default) shows that they wouldn't promote you anyways and is therefore not the kind of business you want to work for in the first place.

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by Info-Safety, LLC In reply to Very interesting...

It's probably not a good idea to indicate that you don't particularly want the position for which you are applying, but a great idea to indicate that you plan to advance in the next two to five years. You are right -- you should not work for someone that wants people who will never advance.

Craig Herberg

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2 to 5 years

by cln In reply to Very interesting...

Often interviewers ask where you expect to be in 2 to 5 years. Usually people hope to have advanced in that period. And if the position is an entry level position, of course most people plan to move up. I don't see how your response as mentioned could be considered inappropriate.

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That makes two of us

by ObiWayneKenobi In reply to 2 to 5 years

That's what I thought, too. If I recall, the interviewer DID ask where I hoped to be and I said something to the effect of "I would hope to have moved into system administration" and explained that was what I wanted to do (my degree's in Network Administration). She then said something like "So since you want to move into administration what would you hope to get out of a tech support position like this?", at which point I basically knew I was screwed.

Like I said, though, to me any company (governmental or otherwise; this particular position was with the county I live in) that disqualifies a candidate for wanting to advance at some point in their career shows that they would never promote you, and isn't the type of business you'd want to work for in the first place.

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Pocket answers

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to That makes two of us

Tech support is a good grounding for admin, because it gives you a good handle on what needs to be administered. For instance resetting a users password and or rights is the business end of of having a strong password/security policy to set up and administer.
Similar examples can be made for any style of admin, apart from badges who happened to be the MDs nephew, most start in tech support. I did and I'm a developer.

I completely agree, any company that has a problem with you wanting to advance isn't worth the effort.

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Major investment

by simphiwe In reply to That makes two of us

Recruiting, hiring and training a new employee is an expensive process and represent a major investment by an employer. The interviewer wants to ensure that your goals are compatible with the company's investment.

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Good and Bad

by jkaras In reply to Six ways to shoot yoursel ...

The article had some points that I agree and those that I disagree. I find it funny that honesty is not the perquisite for what an employer is looking for in an applicant. Point of dont ask about advancement during an interview? Everyone leaves a job for more advancement, more money, or a better environment that's why your there. Inquiring about an extended future within the company, to me displays interest that you will stay for mutual benefit and strive to progress rather than sit like a bump on a log for life or leave to soon. I know its the game but if the hiring manager really wants quality it starts with honesty, any job can be learned with the proper guidance. The problem with today is everyone doesnt want to reciprocate because there is no trust in business it what can you do for me and everyone has bought in to many rediculous mantras that are unrealistic.

If the employer asks what you want to make or your expectations of the job, then what? Every job I have applied for clearly has a box that states how much? Lately almost all applications are online on a website that you must put a dollar amount and cannot leave it blank. If they called you to meet then they were prepared to meet your salary demands.

The thank you note is a good idea but how exactly to you mail them without coming off creepy? I always do a follow up call to thank them for the opprotunity and any feedback what I could have done better to engage them in further dialog for consistancy of character. It is important to show interest not indifference when applying.

I do agree with the common sense stuff and it wasnt a bad article. I wish the article dealt with more effective communication skills (voice modulation), appearance, hand gesturing/eye contact, or resume highlights.

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Bad to be good

by simphiwe In reply to Good and Bad

Do you tell every woman that you meet that you plan to leave her for better women in the future. I would like to think not. Same principle here. How can you hire anyone who will not stick around.

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by Why Me Worry? In reply to Six ways to shoot yoursel ...

not to knock on foreigners and no racism intended, but some of them from India and Pakistan claim to be Einsteins at programming, yet when put under the microsope, they don't know jack sh*t

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