How to demonstrate you’re the best candidate for the job

By Chris Devonshire | 20th March 2024

Insider tips from a London IT recruiter

Seen an IT job you love? Scratching your head as to how to demonstrate that you’re the best candidate for the job?

As established IT recruiters, we see first hand how top IT professionals can struggle to convey their stellar IT skills to employers. That’s because it’s not just about having the right IT skills, it’s about how you showcase them throughout the hiring process.

Here are my top tips with links to detailed ‘how-tos’, from initial application to interview to help you out.

It’s the combination of these tips that will put you in the best position possible. That, and using the right IT recruiter of course. 😊 #shamelessplug. It’s us btw.

5 top tips to demonstrate you’re the best candidate for the job

  1. Make your CV specific to the IT job you want

Hiring managers receive hundreds of applications. Therefore, because they know what they’re looking for, to increase efficiency, often technology has a first go at reviewing your CV through applicant tracking systems. As a result, it’s important to tailor your CV to the IT job you’re applying for. Read our top CV tips to demonstrate your abilities and suitability for the role and create a standout CV.

  1. Channel your inner Poirot

No matter how good your IT skills are, if you don’t due your due diligence on the company (which is more than their vision and values), you’re going in on the backfoot. Therefore, doing due diligence, whether that’s investigating the product in more detail, or reading reviews and blogs, your research will uncover the information you need to reinforce how much you want to work for the company.  Explore how to nail your interview.

  1. Practice makes perfect

Practise answering competency-based questions and pair that with revising your CV, therefore ensuring it evidences your experience which is aligned to the company’s requirements for the job. Questions vary but running practices scenarios equals being better prepared to address interview questions. Explore what you can expect in your technical interview so that you’re prepared.

  1. Brush up on your soft skills

In the world of IT and technology, technical skills are essential. But overlook soft skills at your peril. From how good you are at influencing stakeholders and simplifying requirements to being understood by non-tech experts or being open to exploring alternative ideas, are all traits valued by employers. Discover the best soft skills for IT leaders.

  1. Ask questions and follow up

Questions in an interview are a two way street. Coming prepared with thoughtful questions shows that you’re proactive, engaged, and serious about making the right career move. Even then, the most prepared IT professionals can be side swiped when the interviewer decides to throw a curveball question – which don’t always have a definitive answer. Discover potential curveball questions to get your mentally prepared. And finally, if you’re going direct to an employer, send a thank-you email to your interviewers, expressing your gratitude for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the role. It’s a simple gesture that can leave a lasting impression.

Get the IT job you want

So there you have it. My insider tips on how to demonstrate that you’re the best candidate for the job you’ve got your eye on.

Remember, it’s not just about ticking boxes on a job description – it’s about showing recruiters and hiring managers why you’re the perfect fit.

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Good luck out there, and happy job hunting!

Chris Devonshire