6 things IT hiring managers are looking for

6 Things IT hiring managers are looking for

Want to know what IT hiring managers are looking for in candidates they hire? Read on!

I had the pleasure of speaking with Rona Borre, the Founder and CEO of Instant Technology, LLC, a leading Human Capital, Technology Consulting and Training Services company based in Chicago, Illinois. She is often interviewed as a subject matter expert and has also been honored as an Influential Woman in Business by The Business Ledger and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Given Rona’s impressive background in identifying top IT talent, I asked her what IT hiring managers are looking for in candidates. She suggested the following:

Knowledgeable of current technology

Having skills and knowledge of current emerging technologies enhances your marketability in a number of ways. First, it illustrates professional interest in keeping yourself up-to-date. Second, if the company uses this technology, you become a more attractive candidate to the company as you would not require additional training. Third, if the company is implementing the current technology, then you are extremely valuable to the manager/company because you can play a role in rolling out this new technology.

Business savvy

As CIOs are being more and more pressured to be personally business savvy, they are also moving their IT organizations closer to the business. Today, professionals within IT not only must be great technologists, they must also understand business objectives and have the ability to communicate with their business counterparts in a non-technical way.

Passion for their work

For many IT professionals, their career is also their hobby. That is to say, in addition to doing technical work during the day, they also read about, watch videos on and play with new technologies at home. They do this because they love what they do. This love reveals itself in the workplace in two ways. First, it’s generally easy to see when people truly love their work. Second, this home study dramatically increases the person’s general technology knowledge and experience using the software version not yet implemented at work.

Dedicated to make a difference

This is a frame of mind. This type of person wants to make an impact in the workplace. As a result, they tend to

• Take their jobs very seriously which drives their performance • Be self-starters and out-of-the-box thinkers with ideas on how to improving processes, implementing new technologies, correct existing problems, and find other ways to illustrate their value to the company • Being the first ones to volunteer for additional assignments and cross-functional committees

Understanding the business context of technical work

Diligently trying to understand the business objectives of the organizations being served provides context as to why the technical work being performed is of value to the company. This context, in turn, increases the chance that the technical work being performed will meet the stated business objectives.

Fit/ability to work with other techies

Like organizations of all types, in IT, when a new person is hired, the new arrival must have a good personal fit with other members of the technical team. If not, the new hire may quickly leave the company, underperform, and/or destroy the culture and morale of the team.

Ms. Borre and her company of Instant Technology, LLC can be found at www.instanttechnology.com.

If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.

Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to build your professional brand.

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