So you need a job? You’ll need to start by impressing the hiring manager, and keep in mind that they see A LOT of resumes and hold A LOT of interviews. So how do you knock their socks off? We asked industry experts to share surefire tips. Here’s what they had to say:
Louis Carter is an organisational psychologist for Fortune 500 companies. His latest book is In Great Company: How To Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace (McGraw Hill, 2019) Web: louiscarter.com
Be a student
Impressive candidates research and learn as much information about the company and hiring manager as possible – including its mission, vision, values, and business goals they have made publicly available. After the research phase, the actual impressive candidate should:
- Be mindful of “airtime.” Are they speaking too much and not understanding what is being asked of them?
- Be aware of the body language and eye movements of the interviewer. Is the interviewer interested and engaged? Or are they nodding their head and trying to get to the next question. If they are, it’s time to experiment with a different line of the answer.
- Use mirroring of words and communication styles. When the interviewer makes a comment or begins a dialogue, state it back with some of their own words. People love to hear their own words – and it’s important that you fit with their own language. Chances are the company that has its own lexicon and ways of communicating – and it’s important to pick up on this and practice it in real-time.
- Give value according to what you identify in their questions. Most questions are leading questions – they want you to fill the job – so listen carefully to how you see you can help them and be mindful of areas where you cannot help them. Connect what you know and can do with what they want. The most important thing to remember is that the interviewer very much wants you to have the job. They don’t want to spend another 100 interviews to fill the spot.
If you are the right person, then you will be able to fit the value needed, values of the company, communication style, lexicon needed, and move forward. Your job during that interview is to be a student of the company, and help them help you fill that role.
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