Written by our Communications Coordinator – Charni Wiggins
After another successful Reboot Camp™, we have collated a list of tips to help the Stars of the future prepare for our next Reboot Camp™ on 30.11.2015, and upcoming Bootcamp™ starting 19.10.15.
- Know the answer to the question: Tell us about yourself. This is one of the most common questions to come up in an interview; therefore it is a good idea to have a few topics in mind you are comfortable talking about. Here are a few things to consider:
- Brief introduction: Age, where you are from, where was the latest place of study – school/college?
- Most recent subjects of study – A Levels/GCSE
- Why/how/what happened for you to become interested in tech?
- Long term career goals related to a particular area in tech?
- What are your interests outside of work? Are they related to tech in any way?
- Do your background research on the company. What do they do? How long have they been established for? How does their process work? This may be a good time to ask an insightful question about the company too.
- What are your weaknesses? This is a very common question, although remember that this doesn’t necessarily have to be a weakness; instead this can be turned into something positive. E.g. I find it hard to say no when people ask me to do things. Positive attribute: helpful.
- Be clear in the direction of technology you would like to pursue. e.g. Web & Software Development, ICT Support & Networking, Digital & Creative or Tech Operations. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How will this role aid you to get there?
- Brush up on your technical knowledge. Know key terms especially if talking about related technical experience and when giving examples. If you are someone without any technical related experience, it might be a good idea to talk about what in particular interests you in this area of technology and why, plus what skills specifically you are looking to gain in this area of tech. e.g. Coding – to be able to interpret and manipulate front-end coding languages once learnt to a high enough level to be able to build user interfaces for applications.
- If you are asked a technical question that you do not know the answer to, do not be afraid to admit that you do not know. The person interviewing you will most likely have more technical knowledge and experience than you have, therefore they will probably be able to tell if you do not know the answer. Be honest and open about your technical knowledge, it is not expected that you know everything necessary for the role at this point. However, it is important for the interviewer to know that you are willing and open to learning, so explain that you are – remember that it is effectively a training position so this will be relevant for everybody.
- …to be continued.
Found these helpful? Remember to come back next week for Interview tips part 2.
Are you interested in a tech Apprenticeship? Register for our next Reboot Camp™, we would love to have you!