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Confident or Conceited? The Impact on your IT Career

“Hey Joe…Joe…I’ve got this.”   A candidate I was prepping over the phone for an upcoming interview abruptly cut me off in mid-sentence.

“I’ve been doing this for 20 years man, I’ll be ok,” he continued. I had started the conversation with a detailed plan in front of me to properly prepare the candidate for his interview. I wanted to discuss the topics that my client might review with him, as well as provide additional insight into the opportunity, company, and process. He on the other hand, felt his vast experience afforded him the position to decline any insight I could provide.

Unfortunately, in the end, he didn’t get the job.

We Want You to Succeed

True – confidence is key no matter what stage of the interview process you may be in as a ID-10036550candidate. However, a line in the sand must be drawn between believing in yourself and acting conceited, as the latter can be detrimental to your career.

As recruiting professionals, we strive to equip our candidates with all of the appropriate information for the interview to give them the best possible chance of making an impression on an organization. When a candidate declines this information because they feel they are “above” it or “don’t need it,” they may forfeit pertinent information that may have proven beneficial.

Appropriate Knowledge of the Opportunity +Your Experience = Advantage

Whether you interview regularly as a contractor/consultant or intermittently every few years, it’s always a good idea to show the interviewer that you are familiar with the opportunity and the company, in addition to relating your skills and experience.


While it’s important to do your own research and have a good grasp of what the company does, your recruiter should also be able to help you with this, as they often have a unique relationship with the hiring manager.

Below, you’ll find some tips on how best to approach not only the interview with the company, but with the recruiter as well, so that you can put your best foot forward throughout the entire job search process.

First step: Making the Most out of Your Recruiter Meeting

  • Take diligent notes.  When speaking with a recruiter, you want to make sure you record all the pertinent information you may need for the interview – including tips, job quirks, directions to the interview and more. You want to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible to review ahead of the interview.
  • Show enthusiasm. Everybody likes someone who’s excited about something, right? By demonstrating to the hiring manager that you’re very interested and confident, you’re communicating the right message for how you want to be presented as a candidate.

Next up: Presenting Yourself as a Strong Candidate to the Hiring Manager

  • Arrive early. Would you hire yourself if you were late? Even if it’s a phone interview or video conference, give yourself plenty of time to be in the room/place where you’ll take the interview to allow yourself time to prepare.
  • Have questions ready to go. Show the hiring manager how much you’re interested in the position by preparing thoughtful questions about the role, company, culture and industry.
  • At the end of the interview, thank the manager for their time and let them know that you’re interested in taking the next step. Be sure to also follow up later that day with a thank you email and/or a handwritten note in the mail.

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