Weak handshake? Survey reveals tech interview ‘do nots’

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Like to talk poorly about your previous or current employer? Slouch? Have trouble making eye contact or have a weak handshake?

You might be cheating yourself out of that dream tech job.

According to a recent survey by Robert Half Technology, chief information officers shared those attributes that were deal killers when it came to employing tech people.

“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, in a statement. “Job seekers should tailor their 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.”

The survey was taken by more than 2,600 CIOs in 26 metropolitan areas across the U.S. So what are those top bad attributes that could destroy your chances at securing the job?

With a resume:
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

In-person interviews:
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

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