The people doing the hiring in the technology arena these days have a five-point wish list for candidates they hope to see. Though they may seem kind of obvious, they're a good reminder of where your head - and your resume - needs to be as you step into an interview situation. Here's's list:

What Are IT Hiring Managers Looking For?Good Communication Skills

Hiring managers want candidates for IT jobs who can speak knowledgeably with technology experts and can also explain computer issues to non-technical employees.

Problem-Solving Abilities

Computer systems are becoming more complex every day, and IT professionals need to be able to expand a system and make adjustments as needed by the company. Most computer systems are under constant attack from spammers, viruses, and even the system¿s own users. Important IT job skills include the ability to quickly identify a problem and fix it -- a company's productivity and profits often depend on this.


IT managers often are on call and need to be ready to help reboot or troubleshoot the computer system at night or on weekends. (Sad but true.)


Computer network architects and database administrators should have a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field, although some employers prefer applicants with an MBA with a concentration in information systems. IT job candidates with courses in finance, marketing, accounting, and management, as well as database management, electronic business, and systems management and design really shine.


Companies also are looking for a person whose personality and nature fits in with their company and existing employees...One of the most important interview tips for IT professionals: show a willingness to learn - Companies are more likely to hire a candidate with less experience if he or she demonstrates the ability to learn on the job.

-- Don Willmott