Active Listening, Giving Up, Mistakes That Can Cost You a Job in IT

14 December 2023

Active Listening, Giving Up, Mistakes That Can Cost You a Job in IT

Hey there, it’s Kajo from KajoData! Today, I want to talk about something we all go through – job interviews in the IT sector. I know it can be nerve-wracking – you’re facing a huge opportunity, but at the same time, you feel the weight of a significant test of your skills. I want to share my insights on five non-trivial mistakes (like lack of active listening or giving up) I see when conducting these interviews.

These seemingly small errors often determine whether you land your dream job or not.

Mistake 1: Lack of Active listening

The first mistake I often observe is a lack of active listening. Candidates sometimes don’t respond to what they’re being asked. For example, if the question is about choosing a tool, a candidate might describe the tool’s functionality instead of justifying their choice. Active listening is crucial not only during the interview but also in everyday work in IT, where clear communication is essential.

Mistake 2: Rambling

The second mistake is rambling. Of course, a response to a technical question should be comprehensive but not overly long. Rambling can appear as an attempt to mask a lack of knowledge. It’s important to be able to convey your thoughts clearly and concisely.

Mistake 3: Speaking from a Position of Superiority

The third mistake that is easy to make is talking down to technical (or non-technical) people as if they know nothing about technology. This can be perceived as disrespectful. In IT, it’s important to communicate with various people, from HR to team leaders, in a way that shows respect and understanding of their role.

Mistake 4: Lack of Engagement

The fourth mistake is talking about your experiences in a way that suggests a lack of engagement. Saying “I was told to do so” rather than explaining why the chosen solution was the best doesn’t demonstrate your initiative and curiosity. In IT, it’s important to be able to talk about your project passionately and with understanding.

Mistake 5: Giving Up

The last, but in my opinion, the most critical mistake, is giving up in the face of difficulties. In IT, we often face problems that require creative approaches and perseverance. If you give up at the first challenging task, it may signal that you are not ready for the challenges of this industry.


These five mistakes are worth paying attention to when preparing for a job interview in the IT sector. Remember, technical knowledge is only part of success. Equally important are soft skills, such as communication, listening, respect for others, and the ability to handle problems.

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