First Stage Interviews
For Technology & IT candidates, the approach towards interviews can often be significantly different than any other industry. In Technology, Software & IT, our community has evolved to a scenario where it is far more common for candidates to change roles more readily. Typically, candidates will changes roles more often to allow themselves to constantly work on the most modern technology, where as those who stay in position often become embedded into the company culture from a long term perspective. Of course, neither is a better or worse scenario to be in personally, but as a result of the market changes we have observed a divide in interview confidence. For those who more readily change their roles, they are naturally more confident and experienced when interviewing in comparison to individuals who may stay in a role for numerous years (and not interview elsewhere).
The main aim of the 1st stage interview is to test the water from both a candidate and employer perspective. It is as important that you are excited by the business, the team, the culture and your potential manager as is it for the employer too want you.