Ready to take a new step in your IT career? In 2021, interviews present some special challenges. Consider this expert advice.
January 25, 2021 – 2020 was a year of interminable disruption, and for many of us, it was a year we’d rather forget. But in 2021 the future looks bright for IT professionals who are considering a job switch. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, IT job seekers will continue to contend with unique circumstances in 2021. Here’s a look at what you need to know to get a job in the upcoming year.
Excerpt featuring ON Partners consultant Seth Harris:
Tip #7: Prepare your virtual space
Remote interviews are likely to continue through much of 2021, says Seth Harris, principal at recruiting firm ON Partners. For this reason, it’s important to pay extra attention to your space and consider certain factors when you schedule your interviews.
Test the lighting in your room to ensure it’s not too dark or too bright – you don’t want to appear backlit or over-exposed on camera. Plan your interview at a time when you’re able to avoid or minimize interruptions.
“It’s tough because many families are home working or remote schooling,” Walden acknowledges. “Put the dog out during your call, make sure your children understand that it will be a quiet time, and try to avoid any planned lawn maintenance during your call. Remember that you’re welcoming people into your home, so make sure your background is professional.”
Also, while the majority of this year may have been spent in sweatpants, trade them for something more professional.
“In the past, video interviews were the warm-up act to an in-person meeting,” Vick says. “Now, they’re the main event, and they should be treated as such.”
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