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The tech industry is filtering applicants with skills-based interviews

With the constant changes in education and technology, more graduates appear “competent” compared to past batches. The assumption is that these graduates will not be part of the 3.7 percent of the population who are unemployed. This is even more important for those in the tech industry where a person’s technical skills can make or break their chances of getting hired. This is why most interviewers rely on skills-based interviews to see who can really add value to their organizations.

In the IT Industry

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that more than 500,000 jobs for IT professionals will open up by 2026. The highest paying jobs belong to network architects and research scientists. This makes sense given the world’s continued progress towards interconnectivity and innovation. With digital disruption also becoming more commonplace as technology progresses, more and more start-ups are also looking for bright minds who can contribute to their fast-paced development.

Skills-Based Interviews

Based on the name alone, a skills-based interview is designed to show off a person’s skills to their prospective employer. The focus here is what can you do and how well can you do it. Questions in these interviews are more technical than usual. In the field of IT, questions could range from what programming languages the applicant is familiar with, to what kind of software they have developed, to how well they can manage a team of programmers and any projects that will be assigned to them. Certain companies like Apple, however, are more creative with some of their questions, focusing on how a professional will approach a problem that can translate to how they will contribute to the tech giant’s growth.

The Resume

A small tip to job hunters in the tech industry: remember to make sure your resume fits the job. Highlight your skills and any special projects that you have made which directly tie to the job you’re applying for. Try your best to include an honest breakdown of your skills plus self-evaluations. Be sure to be as detailed as possible here, especially with your proficiencies with computer programs.

This smooths out the interview process by laying out what you are really good at and what needs improving. Think of it as a pre-emptive answer to your interview questions. Keep your resume brief and to the point. If you are applying for a creative position, say as a web/UI designer, use your resume as a sample of your aesthetics.

The tech industry is becoming more and more competitive. With salaries reaching $80,000 and above annually, it only makes sense that employers are stricter and more detailed with their hiring processes. Given the BLS’s projections and the rate of advancements in technology, IT and tech professionals can rest assured that their careers will not be in peril anytime soon as long as they continue to sharpen their skills and keep up to date with the latest programs and processes in their fields.

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Jane Walsh is a freelance writer.