While the main process for recruiting is shared across most industries, there are some subtleties within each industry. There are certain skills, traits and things employers look for in their candidates. This is true in the IT industry. It is a unique industry in the sense that candidates must have a strong technology background and technical acumen, while also having other more common skills related to their specific role.

IT employers are looking for the typical skill set, but they are also looking for candidates who can offer more. What do technical recruiters look for? Here are some subtle traits IT employers look for in their candidates:

5 Subtle Traits IT Employers Look for in Their Candidates IQ PARTNERS


1. A passion for technology

There is no doubt you will need a strong background in technology to work in IT. But there is a difference between having knowledge and a passion for IT. When a candidate has a passion for what they do, they are more likely to put in that extra effort and perform at a different level.

2. They can communicate in technical and non-technical terms

The list of technology terminology, acronyms, and insider jargon is miles long. Top IT candidates know how to talk the talk. But what makes them unique is their ability to be able to explain these complex topics and ideas in simple terms. They can read their audience and shift how they communicate to ensure everyone understands.

3. They are always looking for a challenge to tackle

Many top professionals working in information technology are naturally inquisitive. They love problem solving and want to be challenged. They want to solve problems they have never encountered before. They don’t shy away from new problems. They seek them out to solve them.

4. Teachability/the desire to learn

Technology never stops changing. New processes and ways of doing things evolve continuously. IT employers are looking for people who have a drive to add new skills and knowledge. They want people who take direction and constructive criticism well. They learn from their mistakes, and this drives them forward to becoming a better professional.

5. Adaptability

Things change. Tasks are time-sensitive. Emergency issues can pop up. In IT, you should expect the unexpected. IT employers are looking for professionals who are skillful at adapting as things change day to day and minute to minute. They want people who understand that working late may be needed, or temporary changes in work hours occur based on what is happening in the business.

The same is true of day-to-day operations. Processes, tasks, and priorities can all shift at a moment’s notice. Employers want people on their team who are ready and willing to adapt when required.

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Priscilla Poirier

Priscilla is a Recruitment Consultant whose primary focus is recruiting for contract positions within the IT, Finance, and HR functions. With more than four years of experience as a specialized contract recruiter, within the IT & Finance sectors, Priscilla truly enjoys what she does. She loves that recruitment allows her to meet amazing new people every day, and is thrilled when she can make someone’s day by letting them know they GOT THE JOB!

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