There are certain skills that you need to have, in order to get an IT job in the retail industry. Those include:
- Good technical skills: For instance, if you are seeking a network administration role in the retail industry, you need to be someone who genuinely has good network administration skills. If you are seeking a database administration role in the retail industry, you better be someone who really has a solid grasp of database administration. If you are seeking a data entry role in the retail industry, you need to be someone who really understands data entry… and so on. You see, chances are that you will be subjected to a practical technical test in the course of your interview. And if your skills are not solid, you will be exposed. In any event, you have to understand that if you clinch the IT job you are seeking in the retail industry, you will be expected to hit the ground running. Therefore if your skills are not good, you will be exposed (and you may not go past the first three months trial period). The most important thing is for you to have a practical, as opposed to a theoretical understanding of the roles you will be expected to perform. And if you are preparing for a retail industry IT job interview, you may consider refreshing your knowledge. That you can do by way of reading books and performing sample tasks practically. Like, for instance, if you are preparing for a database administration interview in the retail industry, you may consider reading books on the subject and performing various tasks on a real database in order to be truly ready. It is also important to ensure that you are skills are up to date (and not obsolete). Like, for instance, if you are looking for a web administrator job in the retail industry, you need to ensure that you have some understanding of the web development tools that are currently in use. That is as opposed to those that you learnt in school, which may have become obsolete with time. Like for instance, you may have a scenario where in school, you learnt how to create websites using HTML and CSS directly. Yet current best practice is to use frameworks like Bootstrap. It would mean that, in the interview, you are at a disadvantage if you are competing against someone who for instance has the Bootstrap framework skills in question. So the take home point here is that you need to have solid skills in the specific IT field you are interested in, but also equally critically, your skills have to be up-to-date.
- Good communication skills: As an IT professional working within the retail industry, you will probably be expected to attend meetings (and make contributions in the meetings). You will also be probably expected to listen to problems posed by folks who don’t have an IT background. Further still, you may be expected to explain solutions to individuals who don’t have an IT background. All this means that you need to have good communication skills: otherwise you won’t be effective at your role. In fact, if your poor communication skills are detected during the interview stage, you may not get the role at all.
- Good analytical skills: As an IT professional working in the retail industry, you will often be required to analyze complex issues, in order to come up with solutions. In most cases, you will have to do your analysis fast/to think on your feet, with people waiting for an instant solution. You may therefore be required to demonstrate that you have good analytical skills, before you can land the retail industry IT role.
- Good problem solving skills: Most of the employers in the retail industry tend to demand these ‘problem solving skills’ in their adverts for IT jobs. This is mostly a question of being able to apply your technical skills in real-life situations. Again, you need to be aware of the fact that you may need to demonstrate that you indeed have good problem-solving skills in your interview, before being given the job.
- Good time management skills: Majority of the employers in the retail industry tend to make it clear that ‘good time management skills’ are a must for people who are seeking IT jobs in their companies. This is understandable, because most of the tasks you will have to perform, if you land the retail industry IT role are time-bound. Things like being able to create to do lists, being able to prioritize tasks, being able to complete projects on time… and so on are very critical. There are strategies you can use to improve your time management skills, even as you prepare for a retail industry job interview. Otherwise, even if you somehow manage to scrap through the interview (in spite of having questionable time management skills), you may still face difficulties in handling your work effectively.