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14 Resume And Interview Mistakes Technology Professionals Need To Avoid

Top technology talent may be in high demand, but that doesn’t mean IT job seekers can skate through the application process. In a survey conducted by staffing firm Robert Half Technology, CIOs shared what they consider to be deal breakers when evaluating candidates for open roles.

Technology executives said the biggest resume red flags are frequent job hopping (21 percent); poor formatting, sloppiness or typos (17 percent); and too much unnecessary information (17 percent). Making it to the interview stage comes with its own set of potential pitfalls. According to CIOs, the biggest blunder is speaking negatively about past employers or managers (20 percent), followed by poor body language (19 percent) and being unprepared for technical questions (16 percent).

CIOs were asked, “When reviewing resumes, which of the following would most likely cause you to remove a candidate from consideration?

Frequent job hopping for a non-consultant candidate


Bad formatting, sloppiness or typos


Too long or too much unnecessary information


Not highlighting strategic thinking and business knowledge


Overuse of technical jargon


Overly complicated


No context around prior experience



* Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

CIOs were also asked, “When conducting an in-person interview, which of the following would most likely cause you to remove a candidate from consideration?

Speaking negatively about past employers or managers


Poor body language, such as no eye contact or a weak handshake


Unprepared for technical questions


No clear understanding of the business


Ineffective explanation of career history


Unprofessional dress


No “thank you” or follow-up after the interview



*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

“It’s a candidate’s market in technology right now, but that doesn’t mean applicants can sit back and wait for offers to roll in,” said Jeff Weber, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Job seekers should tailor resumes that highlight specific skills and experience related to the open position and be prepared to answer technical questions during interviews in order to make an impression with potential employers.”

Weber added that while frequent job changes may be more common in today’s technology workforce, some employers are wary of hiring applicants with a long list of short stints. “Hiring and onboarding a new employee takes significant time and resources, and organizations want to avoid investing in someone who may jump ship if another opportunity comes along.”

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