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Do Digital Development Job Interviews Make You Nervous?

Job Interviews Are Stressful for Everyone

Job interviews are always stressful. You are trying to show that you’re able to perform years’ worth of skills in maybe an hour or two – how could that not make anyone nervous?

And while it may not console you much, the interviewer is just as nervous as you. They have to make a major decision that will reverberate for years, in that short time window too.

Practice Interviewing to Calm Your Nerves

The best way to calm yourself down and improve your chances of getting a job is to practice the ICT4D job interview so you know what to expect, and what you’ll say to interviewer questions.

Get a friend to ask you questions as if you’re in a real job interview. Then get someone who you know, but not that well, to ask you different questions, so you’ll have experience in a more realistic setting.

Finally, one of the best ways to practice is to go on as many real interviews as you can get – even if the job may not be one you really want. There is no substitute for a real interview by someone who doesn’t know you.

If You Still Freeze, Own It

Even after all that practice, you may still freeze up on interview day. Or say the wrong thing when you meant something else. It’s okay, everyone messes up. The best response is for you to own the mistake as soon as you realize it.

Employers know they are hiring humans who make mistakes. Best are employees who are quick to see and correct mistakes, so show them that strength from the start.

Yes, even be so bold as to ask for another interview if you think its warranted. It’s better to be known for someone who wants to fix a mistake, than someone who lets mistakes define them.

Now Practice Every Way You Can

Okay, enough advice. Now go practice your job interview skills. Learn how to turn a question you don’t like into an answer you do. Or how to show, not tell, your accomplishments. And finally, find a way to make the interview show off your best skills and abilities.

Good luck!

A Dream Job for Data Scientists – Apply Now!

The Digital Health team at IntraHealth International is growing! We’re now hiring our third new team member in six months.

We’re Hiring a Senior Data Scientist

Do you love Python or R? Does a NoSQL database excite you? Can you make Apache Superset or Tableau dance with data?

Want to apply your skills on problems that matter? With funding and freedom to follow the data? Ready to lead in data science?

Then I have a dream job for you!

We’re looking for a Senior Data Scientist who will work with IntraHealth staff and partners to leverage the power of data to find solutions to global health problems. This includes:

  • Data life cycle management: problem scoping, goal definition, data evaluation, and visualized insights.
  • Data experimentation: uncover new sources of data and find compelling data relationships not seen before
  • Thought leadership: communicate the power of our data science projects through peer education and public outreach

You will also have the opportunity to build out a new service line for IntraHealth, that will start with its own dedicated funding and have the potential for rapid growth serving our internal and external clients.

Best of all, you will get to work with our fun, creative, and passionate digital health team at the forefront of using information and communication technology to improve health outcomes around the world.

We have headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC, and Washington, DC, and welcome qualified applicants that can work in the USA or any country around the world where we are registered.

What are you waiting for? Apply today!

Apply Now for Dream Development Jobs at IntraHealth International

Every day, Kristen, Nicole, and I scour the Internets to find the best ICT4D jobs just for you. We’re happy to provide this service, and we really appreciate our paid subscribers.

It’s not often that we ask a favor of you in exchange for our efforts, though today, I am asking a favor…

Forward This Email to Your Non-Tech Peers

Please forward this email on to your international development peers so they can expand their career too.

Please tell them to check out these 56 dream development jobs at IntraHealth International, where I work. Jobs like:

IntraHealth is an Awesome Company

I’ve just passed my two-year anniversary here, and I’ve found it an awesome place to work. Like other international development organizations, we are focused on the mission, with good work-life balance.

However, we’re also small enough to feel like family and still large enough to work on a variety of amazing programs. We’re also going through refreshing changes that come with strong wins and crazy growth.

Chapel Hill, NC and Washington, DC

For the US-based positions, you often have the choice between working from our Chapel Hill, NC, or Washington, DC, offices, or even remotely from wherever you live.

After 20 years in Washington, DC, I am really loving living in North Carolina. Compared to DC, this is a surprisingly affordable oasis for families used to big city prices and issues.

So do your friends and me a favor – send them this email so they too can work at IntraHealth.


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Please Ask Interview Questions for Digital Development Jobs

I’m in the process of hiring a Senior Full-Stack Developer and a few other positions at my company, This is reminding me of a strange trend: interviewees not asking any questions of the interviewers and their company.

Always Ask Questions

I don’t know why someone would not ask questions in an interview. The whole point of an interview is for us to get to know each other. To find out if we will be a good fit for each other. If this will be a good working relationship – the goal of every hiring manager and you.

Yet, I am often surprised by how many people don’t have questions or are reluctant to ask questions in an interview.

Questions Show Interest

When you ask a question about the role, the team, and the company, you show that you are interested in the position, and you want it to be a good fit, vs. just a job.

You should be asking a list of questions about how this role fits into your career goals, and just your day-to-day work wants. Every question is a good one, and helps you and the hiring manager learn about each other.

Questions Show Preparation

When you ask questions, you show the hiring manager that you’ve given thought to this role, this team, and this organization. It shows that you care about this job – not just any job.

When you ask detailed questions, that’s when the hiring manager knows you’ve done your homework, that you are a detailed person who cares about your work and will be prepared on a daily basis.

Questions Show You Care

Above all, questions show that you care about the time your spending thinking about this job and the time the hiring manager is spending on you. So your questions are not a waste of time. In fact, they are just the opposite – they are the key to winning your new job.

So do yourself, and your potential employer a favor – ask questions at your interviews.

Digital Health Software Developers

The Digital Health team at IntraHealth International is growing! We are now seeking to hire two software developers: a full-time Senior Full-Stack Developer and a Front-End Developer Consultant.

Senior Full Stack Developer Staff

Apply now to join us in developing the next versions of our various digital health products including iHRIS, GOFR, and mCSD with your strong skills in modern web technologies like Vue.JS, Node.JS, and PHP. This is a full-time role with our team.

Front-End Developer Consultant

Apply now to join us in improving our user interfaces and front-end software development  for various digital health products, include the Global Open Facility Registry and iHRIS. This would be for up to 15 days over 6 weeks starting in March 2019, with the possibility of extending for up to 6 additional months.  

If you, or someone you know, wants to work with a talented team of developers and program implementers from around the world, known for our leadership in Open Source technologies and international standards that advance global health, please have them apply today!

We have headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC, and Washington, DC, and welcome qualified applicants that can work in the USA or any country around the world where we are registered.