How to prepare for an IT Solutions Job Interview
Let me begin by saying that contrary to popular notion you do not need to be a rocket scientist to qualify as a IT solutions architect. If you do have some professional software engineering experience can go beyond writing basic code and more importantly can have some work experience on a significant software or solution architecture project you certainly fit the bill for an entry level IT solutions architecture position.
What has to be stressed here is that all IT solutions architect level openings are different from each other especially in their technical requirements. Your interpersonal and team work attitudes and aptitude is just as important because a large part of your job will include working with partners and customers to design solutions and implement the same. In other words it will be part of your KRA to provide them tailor made IT solutions and therefore you interpersonal skills are just as important as your coding skills. So how do you go about finding a job space for yourself in the IT solutions sector.
- Read the specific job description for the IT solutions architect and identify which job skills and knowledge are required and thereafter make a list of the skills, knowledge, and experience you have and see if the two match up. This is an important first step for you to really find out if you qualify for the IT solutions job. For instance if they require a specific level of coding or engineering level for this IT solutions job you will know if you can match up. Be realistic here as it is important to apply only if you fulfill most of the criteria set forth by the IT solutions company .
- For instance if you are applying for the job of a IT solutions architect you will be asked to describe your specific inputs while working on a recent IT solutions project and what your inferences from this project were. This is a very important descriptive as it must include your role in the acquisition of the project how you gathered information and specific requirements from the client . Thereafter in detail describe the IT solution provided by you and how you performed as part of the team that provided this solution. This document is of utmost importance as it helps the IT solutions company who is hiring you to easily access your knowledge level and other skills that they may require for the job.
- It is also important to read up as much about the IT solutions company you are applying to for a job. If they have a website read up as much in depth about the IT solutions company its line of business and their policies and philosophy. This will help in two ways. Firstly you will become familiar with the company its reputation and working so that you can make an educated choice tomorrow on which company to choose if you receive offers from more than one IT solutions company , this as the demand for IT solutions professionals is peaking right now. Secondly during your interview at the IT solutions company if they ask you company specific questions it will be easy for you to answer them, giving them the assurance that you are indeed interested in the position.
- Business houses and large corporates in the IT solutions sector are looking for people who can “grow” within the company. It is therefore important for you to have a technical perspective, business perspective and a customer perspective so make sure that you fit in this will make you happy having found the job of your dreams and the IT solutions company for choosing a professional with staying power.