Securing The Role: What Do Top Tech Companies Look For?

Have you been invited inside for a formal interview with a top tech brand? Don’t rest on your laurels just yet. You’ve clearly made a mark in a former role, but this company won’t hire you on reputation alone. You need to prove you have everything they’re looking for.

Here, we offer some tips on how to secure the tech position once you get into that interview room.


Prove your niche knowledge


Added value. That’s what any company wants to see when hiring a new team member. If you’ve got any skills in sub-sectors of emerging or critical tech, be sure to talk about them in the one-to-one. Knowledge of DevOps, data engineering or digital transformation, for example, can really set you apart from other candidates.

Don’t forget to be vocal about any personal and/or passion projects too – like hackathons or website and app builds. It shows you love what you do and enjoy learning independently.


Bring out the buzzwords

By the time you meet your potential new employer, they may have spent hours, days or even weeks scanning applications and conducting interviews. They’re tired of the general rhetoric; they want to hear something fresh and relevant.

That’s why it’s so advantageous to assemble a list of strong industry buzzwords and reel these off during the interview. Immersive tech, robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), mobile first and microservices are all hot topics right now – so it’s worth familiarising yourself with (or gathering the latest insight on) these as best you can.


Show yourself off


It’s important to be a passionate version of your best self during any meetings you have throughout the recruitment phase.

Great employers will care about preserving their company culture, so don’t forget to talk openly about your hobbies and interests. These are key indicators for your personality and will give the interviewer a good understanding of whether you’d fit well in their team.


Tell them your ambitions


It’s always good to tell your interviewer how happy you are to be there. But it’s also a smart move to share your vision for the business and what you want to achieve whilst you’re there.

The top tech companies want to scale teams, bringing on board people who will keep pace and shape this development. That’s why it’s so valuable to offer contributions before you’ve even been hired.

Do you want to lead your own team? Have you got any recommendations for improvements within the company? Are there any strategies you’d like to teach other members of staff? Reveal your ideas and display your initiative.


Get further job guidance from thryve.


If you need support ahead of your interview, thryve can help.

We specialise in matching tech talent to top companies, and we can give you the guidance you need to find – and secure – the most exciting roles in critical and emerging tech.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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