IT Management Slideshow: IT Jobs: Nine Tips for Hiring the Perfect Candidate

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-15-2011

IT Jobs: Nine Tips for Hiring the Perfect Candidate

Does the candidate quantify accomplishments?What they'll say: "I launched a new software integration project." What you need to hear: "I launched a software integration that saved my company 20% in operating costs"

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How keyword savvy is the resume?If the right words/phrases are there, it underscores sophistication about modern search techniques.

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Did they do their homework?Is the cover letter a copy/paste job? Or does it contain a depth of understanding of your organization's history, strategies and customers?

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Does the cover letter closing contain an action step?Inviting you to follow up -- with ready contact information -- displays skills for engaging forward progress.

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During interview, how does use of language convey depth of knowledge?Satisfactory response: "I've heard about that technology ..." Better response: "I've read about that ..." Best response: "I've worked with that and found it ..."

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Is the job candidate comfortable talking about failure?Extracting lessons learned that influenced professional growth is a sign of mature seasoning.

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If they'd been previously downsized, how did the candidate use the time?A valuable candidate will have used the time to pursuing further education, self-employment or even voluntary IT work to keep connected and keep their skills up-to-date.

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Does the applicant seem to know people you know? If he/she cultivates contacts who are the same or connected to yours, it reveals dedication to meaningful networking.

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Did the interviewee say "thank you"?Whether in an email or an old-fashioned business letter, showing appreciation for your time demonstrates traditional standards of professional courtesy.

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