Top 6 Non-technical Interview Questions for IT Professionals
If you're seeking a job as a developer or another IT position, you should be prepared for both technical and non-technical interview questions. Companies are increasingly aware of how important soft skills are when hiring new help. To help you with interview prep, let's look at some of the leading non-technical questions an interviewer is likely to ask you.
How to Prepare for Non-Technical Interview Questions
1. Why Did You Leave/Are You Leaving Your Last Position?
This is one of the most common interview questions of all, no matter what type of position you're applying for. In the past, stability and loyalty to one company were highly valued by employers. Today, however, more and more developers change jobs frequently or do contract work. If this is the case with you, explain how this approach gives you experience with a wide variety of projects.
2. What Sets You Apart?
If an interviewer asks this, he or she probably isn't looking for you to brag about your technical ability. This question is a good cue for you to talk about your communication skills, willingness to cooperate and ability to address customers' needs. If possible, give an example of how you helped solve a problem at a previous position.
3. Why Do You Think You're a Good Fit For Our Company?
You should always do your research about any company that you're applying to. They aren't simply looking for a skilled developer but someone who can solve their unique problems. Mention any ideas you have for improving their platforms. Discuss any similar companies or projects you've worked on in the past.
4. What's Your Preferred Work Environment?
This is one of those tricky interview questions that's often an indirect way to find out whether or not you're a team player. It's best to answer that you enjoy communicating and collaborating with people from different departments and that you appreciate questions and feedback about your work.
5. How Do You Manage Quality Control?
Quality assurance (QA) or quality control is essential to the development process. While this question may seem rather technical, it's also a way to find out about your overall attitude about work and maintaining quality. It's important to emphasize how highly you value QA and the steps you typically take to maintain the highest standards.
6. Can I See Your Portfolio?
Your portfolio is the simplest way to show prospective employers evidence of your past accomplishments. More can be learned by actually seeing what you've done than by hearing a list of your skills. You should show up at the interview with links to your work, whether it's on Google Play Store, Dribble, Stack Overflow or elsewhere. If you don't have a professional portfolio you can still link to personal or school projects.
These are some of the top non-technical interview questions that you should be ready for. When doing your interview prep, keep in mind that the interviewer is probably going to hit you with a variety of both technical and non-technical questions.
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