What Hiring Managers Look For During The Interview

What Hiring Managers Look For During The Interview

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What to say in an interview 

When you apply for a job and get called for an interview; what do you say during the interview? There are some common mistakes that people make. Such as not being on time or answering questions with irrelevant answers.

Each question asked in an interview by an employer always has a purpose behind it. They are trying to find the best fit for their company.

Therefore, the answers you give should always be relevant to the question asked. Therefore, increasing your chances of getting hired.

1)You can work well with others

In a work environment, people are always interacting. For this reason, it is vital to demonstrate that you can work well with others. Do this by giving scenarios in which you worked with others. 

Describe the task you were performing as a group and which role you were assigned. Then describe how you were able to work with others well and the impact it had.

For instance, you can say, you were part of a team in charge of preparing for an event, and you were assigned the role of designing and sending out invitations. While working on the invitation’s design, you worked with those in charge of the decorations to figure out the best one to match the color scheme. Which aided in pulling together a well-coordinated event with great reviews and comments from the guests. 

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2)Demonstrate you are qualified 

The purpose of every interview is to find someone who is a good fit for the company. The candidate has to be ideal for the company. Remember your updated CV already covers your skills and qualifications for the job. However, the interview is your chance to sell your skills and experience to the hiring manager.

Therefore, talk about your skills and how you have used them before. Express how you can use them for the position you are applying for.

3) Demonstrate a willingness to learn

A trait that employers look for is a thirst for learning. If you are open to learning, you can progress and grow with ease in your career. So if you realize you do not have one or two of the skills on a job description, take some initiative and learn something about it before the interview.

During the interview, you can state you have just started an online free course on that skill, or you have heard about it and are so excited to learn more about it. Indicating you have an interest in learning and being honest about your skills is always a plus.

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4)Ask thoughtful questions 

Do your research on the company and role you are applying for. If possible talk to an employee of the company to comprehend how it is working there.

During the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. This is where you get to demonstrate your interest in working for the company. Ask them questions relating to their company and the work culture there. 

This will show the employer that you care and did your research on them. Therefore, setting you apart from people who never ask questions.

5) Show you read the job description 

When asked if you read the job description say yes. Always read and know the job description very well. It is how you know what the role you are applying for is all about.

It is also a good juncture for you to ask questions about the job itself. If there is something in the job description, that stood out to you, state it and ask a question about it.

You could use this to reiterate your skills and qualifications and to sell yourself again. Never be clueless about the job description.

These are just some of the few things that you can do in and say in an interview to help you get the job. Take time to prepare for each interview.

We wish you all the best as you apply for jobs and go for your interview. If you find this article helpful give us your feedback and tell us what you have learned. 

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