Entry-level IT interview questions
If you’re applying to entry-level IT jobs, an employer is likely to avoid asking specialised IT questions as you’re just beginning your career in the industry, and instead ask questions to find out about your IT experience and gauge the extent of your knowledge.
Here are some entry-level IT interview questions an employer may ask with tips on how to best answer them.
Tell me about your IT experience so far
An employer may have had multiple applications for a role, so they’ll ask this question for a refresher of why they invited you in for an interview in the first place.
An interviewer wants to get up to speed with what you know about IT and to find out if you’ve had any experience that would make you a great fit for the role.
When answering this question, think of it as a short summary of your graduate CV, mention if you undertook a relevant degree to the job or have had any previous work experience in IT.
You want to mention any of the key skills you learnt, any software you know how to use and mention any aspects that you really enjoyed about your degree or a role, this will help show an employer you have a genuine interest in the industry.
If you haven’t had any previous IT experience and your degree isn’t specifically related to IT, highlight any strengths and achievements that would make you a great fit for the role and mention that through this role you want to gain more IT experience and that you’re really passionate about starting a career in the industry.
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Interview questions computer skills
Computer skills are essential to all entry-level IT roles, an employer may ask questions to find out more about your IT skills and any software you know how to use.
It’s important to mention that an employer will most likely have invited you for an interview as they think you have the right skills and knowledge that would make you a great fit for the role, so they will most likely ask computer skills interview questions that you are experienced in, to find out more information about the programmes you know how to use.
Whilst for every job, the IT skills required will differ, here are some of the most common entry-level computer skills interview questions an employer may ask:
- How comfortable are you using the elements of Microsoft Office suite?
- How comfortable are you using spreadsheet software?
- How would you rate your competency in HTML?
- Have you earned any computer certifications?
When answering these questions, don’t exaggerate your level of technical knowledge, but be honest and explain what you know confidently and clearly.
It’s also beneficial to mention if you have any experience with a specialised program that an employer is not asking about, as this demonstrates your enthusiasm for computer technology and shows that you know how to use different programs which may give you the advantage over other candidates.
If you have taken fluency tests in programs like Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, and your results were strong, bring a copy along to the interview.
This will help demonstrate your knowledge and will also help aid your answers to questions by having statistics to mention.
If you do have gaps in your technical knowledge, explain to the employer that you’re able to learn new programs swiftly, and give an example of where you’ve done so in the past.
Another good way to turn a gap in your knowledge into a positive is to show your enthusiasm and explain to the interviewer that you haven’t had the chance yet to learn X programme, but that you really want to the chance to become experienced through this role.
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