You landed your interview, and feel prepared…or are you? Getting ready for an interview is more than having a polished resume and showing up on time. Candidates often overlook important steps in the pre-interview planning process. You too might be missing this one important step and find yourself wondering, “Why didn’t I get the job offer?” after an interview.
Understanding what’s important to the interviewer is almost more important than what you will say. In business, understanding the customer’s top-of-mind concerns is the first step to closing the sale. Interviews are no different. Ask yourself-“What is the company really in need of, and how can you help?”. Knowing the answer can give you the edge to landing your next job.
Top 21 Thoughts Hiring Managers Might Have About You During The Interview:
- How much do you really know about our company? Showing that you’ve researched more than just the basics will indicate that you take the time to really “know your stuff.”
- Are you able to do the job? It doesn’t matter that you don’t have exact experience. In fact, most often, the person with the most experience isn’t the candidate who is hired.
- How well will you work on a team? If you have no work experience on a team, you can leverage experience from a volunteer role, team sport or other group where you had to get along with others.
- How much do you want to work at our company? The HR manager might be wondering whether this is your only interview, or are you evaluating ten opportunities right now?
- Do you understand the role you applied for? If there is a job description, does it make sense to you? If the HR manager thinks you don’t understand, they may feel you won’t succeed in the role.
- If I hire you, will you make me look good? If you turn out to be someone with high potential, the hiring manager will shine within the organization. They’ll be looking for that potential!
- It’s getting late and I’m hungry. Timing is everything- try not to schedule an interview right before lunch. The Interviewer could be distracted if they’ve been in back-to- back interviews all morning. Right before lunch or the end of the day are the least desirable time slots.
- Have you ever done a job that is similar or relatable? The company is most likely looking to find a candidate who can adapt experience to what they need.
- How well will you fit in with our team at the company? This is where knowing the culture of the company will come in handy. Try to speak with people either directly within the company or look them up on LinkedIn and ask for some insights before the interview.
- Your expectations don’t fit the job. If you think this job will be a cakewalk or imply that it will be something you can do in your sleep, odds are they will think you don’t understand the complexities of role.
- You don’t seem confident. This is a biggy. If you show self-doubt, act shy or don’t promote your skills, the interviewer may think you won’t be able to hold your own in the job.
- How easy will you be to train? No one comes into a job knowing everything there is about the role. Being someone who is flexible and a quick learner will make you appealing.
- How do you respond in difficult situations? If they see you as someone who freezes up with adversity, they may think you’ll cause issues for their department.
- I noticed you took your time to answer. Remember: Silence is Golden! Don’t rush to answer something right away simply to fill the empty space. If a difficult question is asked, be silent, pause, and reflect before responding.
- Why are there gaps in your resume? The HR manager will want to cover herself and make sure there aren’t any surprises. Don’t worry this doesn’t mean you won’t get hired-everyone has a gap or something that might need explaining.
- How eager are you to join my team? Getting to know the hiring manager and creating a connection will make them feel as if you want to be part of their team.
- Quick promotions make me nervous. If you tell the HR manager you hope to be promoted within a month, you are sending the message you don’t really care about this job — you want to move into something else (possibly before you’re ready).
- When a candidate acts nervous from a typical question like “Tell me about yourself,” I feel nervous. Don’t share your nerves. Be prepared and know your stuff!
- Attitude is everything! If they sense you greet the day with enthusiasm, they are more likely to feel you are ready to join their team.
- I listen closely to what you say is your greatest weakness. Don’t use a cliché like, “I work so hard I never sleep.” Or even worse, “I am a perfectionist.” Not only do HR managers want to avoid hiring someone who can’t create a healthy work/life balance, they’re afraid you will be totally stressed out all the time.
- How well can I work with this person? If you don’t make a personal connection, they’ll feel it too and may not want to hire you.
The more prepared you are, the better you will do in your next interview! How did this list help? As always, we love to hear from you! Send us a note and tell us how you are doing. You Got This!