1. Inability to expand on technical skills.
The core aspect of the interview process for IT roles primarily revolves around assessing your technical expertise. Whether or not you are tasked with a preliminary technical exercise, it remains crucial to proficiently articulate and showcase your skills and problem-solving approaches.
A valuable guideline to follow is that if a particular skill is listed on your CV, you should be capable of explaining when and how you’ve applied that skill, as well as demonstrating the depth of your knowledge in that domain. The best way to do that is by giving a few examples of projects where you’ve applied it and the thought process behind using the technology of choice.
2. Inability to discuss experience
Candidates who struggle to articulate their past experience, fail to impress employers. A good idea would be to apply the STAR method when putting together your answer. That will touch on the situation, task, action, and result of the skill you are looking to prove your experience in.
Use the STAR Method…
For example, if you are asked to outline your experience in API integrations, you should start by summarising your experience and then proceed into giving details about:
-Situation- Projects that involved API
-Task- Your responsibility on the project in respect to API
-Action- How did you go about completing your tasks
-Result- what was your contribution to the project
You need to find the right balance between giving a detailed answer and talking too much 😊, but practice makes perfect. Write your answer down and make sure to assign the time to prepare before the interview.