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Interviewing for IT jobs when you're already employed

March 04, 2014

The IT job market is incredibly hot right now. Companies across the country are looking to improve their competitiveness by better leveraging new technologies, including advanced customer relationship management (CRM) systems, business intelligence (BI) tools, Big Data analytics, mobility software and more. They need skilled personnel to oversee and implement these solutions, meaning that career opportunities in IT have never been more attractive.

As a result, many industry experts expect IT professionals to look for new positions this year. This includes a large number of workers who are already employed and would rather secure a new job before leaving their current one. Such a job search, and particularly the interview phase, requires a unique approach.

Recently, BusinessNewsDaily spoke to a number industry experts who offered several useful interview tips for professionals who find themselves in this position. And among the most important points offered by these insiders is the need to focus on the positive.

Looking forward, not back
Almost inevitably, an interviewer will ask you the most obvious question: Why are you looking for a new position? It's a fair question, and one you'll need to answer well to allay the hiring manager's concern that you may be too inclined to quit.

In these situations, it may be tempting to explain your decision by speaking poorly of your current employer. Yet such a strategy will likely backfire, as it simply makes you appear less professional, the news source explained. Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of a job listing website, told BusinessNewsDaily that it is far better to focus on the positive than the negative.

"It's important to talk about why you are leaving, rather than why you feel like they [your employer or boss] are responsible for your leaving," Sutton Fell said, according to the news source. "Maybe you're ready to grow and develop your career in new ways, or you feel you're ready for something fresh. If management is the issue, talk about what your ideal managerial relationship would be, or how you best like to work with your boss to form a solid relationship."

Similarly, Sandy Mazur, president of a staffing firm, argued that applicants should take any negative aspects of their current positions and turn these experiences into strengths.

"Focus on the positive ways your current job has impacted your professional career," said Mazur, the news source reported. "This will show the prospective employer that you can find the good in any situation."

As IT professionals look to find new means of advancing their IT careers, a steady focus on the positive and the future will prove to be a valuable and appealing asset.

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