Overview of Competition: Tips on Recruiting, Interviewing, and a Faculty Advisor

Tips on Interviewing an IT Professional

1) Set up a time or place to meet with your subject. Location should be pre-arranged and you should probably become familiar with the location ahead of time so you can set up a script and how you are going to shoot the interview.  A sample of some really great videos that are short, informative, and interesting can be found at ATETV.org.  Be sure to arrive on time as the industry professional’s time is important.

2) The best interviews are those that sound like a conversation (remember, humor helps in easing any nervousness on either parties part).  If you are comfortable and at ease, your interviewee will be too.

3) The best tip is to listen. Don’t interrupt as you will be editing this anyway.  If their answer takes 5 minutes, that’s o.k. You can cut out what you don’t want to include.  Be sure to follow up on their answer if you think of another question to ask based upon their answer.

4) Let the conversation guide your questions and follow up.  You have been given a series of questions to guide you through the interview process, but if the conversation veers off in a different direction that’s o.k.  Sometimes the unexpected makes for great video.

5) While their time is valuable, let them talk as long as possible as they have a story to tell.  However, if it appears they want the interview to end, respect their wishes.  In either case be sure to a) thank them for their time and b) be sure to follow up with a thank you note and let them view the video when you are done.  You will need them to give you signed release form as if your video is selected it will be published on the Center of Excellence’s website.

How to Recruit Your Information and Computing Technology (ICT) Professional in any Industry

1)  Think about which area of ICT you are interested in or don’t know much about, but want to find out about.   Then think about a particular industry you are interested in working in the future.

Is it?

  • Aerospace
  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Defense
  • Entertainment
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

The following highlights career pathways within ICT:

Database Development and Administration: This job’s duties and responsibilities include: the development and design of database strategies, monitoring and improving database performance and capacity, and planning for future expansion requirements. They may also plan, co-ordinate and implement security measures to safeguard the database. According to O*Net (Department of Labor) this occupation will experience much faster than average job growth.

Digital Arts: There are a number of occupations within Digital Arts: Desktop Publishers, Multi-Media Artists and Animators, and Graphic Designers (Visual Communications).

Computer and Information Systems: Job duties and responsibilities include:  Planning, directing, or coordinating activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Network Design and Administration: Job duties and responsibilities include: Installing, configuring, and supporting an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. Maintaining network hardware and software. Monitoring network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability.  According to O*Net this occupation will experience much faster than average growth.

Programming and Software Development: Job duties and responsibilities for those who focus on applications include: Developing, creating, and modifying general computer applications software (including mobile applications) or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. According to O*Net this occupation will experience much faster than average growth.

Job duties and responsibilities for those who focus on systems software include researching, designing, developing, and testing operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Web Development and Administration: Job duties and responsibilities include: developing and designing web applications and web sites. Create and specify architectural and technical parameters. Direct web site content creation, enhancement and maintenance.  According to O*Net this occupation will experience much faster than average growth.

For administration job duties include: Managing web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.

For further information which covers a wide variety of occupations within information and computing technologies go to O*Net Online at http://online.onetcenter.org/find/.

How to identify an ICT Industry Professional if You Don’t Know One

The following are suggestions that might help you indentify an ICT industry professional to interview.

  1. Check with your local community or technical college’s career center or try the Computer Science or Information Technology division.  Most programs have industry advisory boards and a faculty person or the division chairperson can help you to identify an industry professional who meets your criteria (someone who will be talking to you about something you are interested in or want to find out more about).
  2. Start and account on LinkedIn.com.  It is a great way to start building a network of professional associates, creating a professional profile, and to showcase projects and accomplishments that can be used when looking for employment or applying to a four-year educational institution.

About LinkedIn

Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets. LinkedIn exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. Our mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. We believe that in a globally connected economy, your success as a professional and your competitiveness as a company depend upon faster access to insight and resources you can trust.

You can then start looking for groups to join, or find a professional in your area of interest and send them a message (see sample invite).

  1. Go to dice.com and type in an occupation you are interested in along with the geographic location.  There you can find a number of companies to contact about this project.  They will most likely be delighted a professional from their company will be profiled on the Center’s website which has substantial traffic on a daily basis.
  2. Contact your local chamber of commerce and explain what the project is and ask if they can help you.
  3. If you tried all of the above, you can contact the Center of Excellence for Information and Computing Technology at <insert URL for page on our website>.

Faculty Advisor or Instructor Involvement

It is important that you inform your faculty advisor or one of your instructor’s about this project so they can provide feedback and guidance. Also, they will most likely have great advice when they view your interview and then your final video production.  Also, it will add a level of professionalism that you are working with a faculty person from your community or technical college.