7 Job Interview Suggestions from Hiring Managers

“You’re hired.” Those are the words you’re hoping to hear at the end of a job interview. You’ve read all the advice from friends and self-help books, and maybe even received advice from our recruiters but somehow despite this information, you still feel you could improve some skills.
 
It’s time to lighten up a little and cut yourself some slack. Don’t worry whether your handshake failed the firmness test. Don’t agonize about whether you said ‘um’ too many times when you were speaking. It’s actually not what hiring managers are most caring about!
 
Here are some tips that might make your next interview less stressful, more pleasant and impactful.

HR Personnel Don’t Really Want Formalities

 
Does that shock you? Many hiring managers dread formal job interviews as much as you do. What they actually want is professionality and a conversation to see how you handle yourself in normal circumstances.
 
So take advantage of the situation when the hiring manager asks you about your goals or philosophy and open up about yourself. This interaction will help to indicate whether you’re likely to enjoy working there.
 
 

Ask Questions that Show You’re Interested

 
The hiring manager wants to hear about you. Before you start interviewing at different companies, write up some generic questions that can be used with minor adjustments at just about any interview. The best questions will give some indications to the hiring manager about your interests and concerns, and the answers will help you decide whether you actually want the position.
 
 

Your Resumé Isn’t as Important as Your Online Presence

 
Your resumé is often a polished picture of you and may not show the depth of your personality. Your online presence and especially your LinkedIn, on the other hand, will tell the hiring manager much more about you. Make sure your online presence describes the person you want the hiring manager to see or else change your account settings to private.
 
 

Let the Hiring Manager See How Passionate You Are about Succeeding

 
Don’t hold back on how much you need to succeed. The hiring manager will be happy to see a person who is ambitious about succeeding in the job. By the same token, you might ask the hiring manager whether he is ambitious. Does his answer describe the kind of environment you want to spend the next several years at?

Hiring Managers Want to Have Fun

 
Do your part to make the recruiting process enjoyable. The interviewer wants the process to be enjoyable as much as you do. Don’t put on a false front – open yourself up. The hiring manager will appreciate the relaxing atmosphere and may look on your candidacy more favourably.
 
 

The Future Is More Important than the Past

 
What you’ve accomplished in the past is an indication of your abilities, but the hiring manager is more interested in what you can do for the future of his organization if he hires you. Talk about what you can do for the company – not about your past accomplishments.
 
 

Network, Network, Network

 
Network with professionals who can vouch for you whenever you have the chance. It’s only natural that the hiring manager will be likely to favour a candidate that has been vouched for by a mutual connection. Keep your networks fresh.
 
Looking for a new job does not have to be a painful process. Be honest and open during interviews and you will be likely to be hired for the right job. At Panda International, we also prepare applicants before the interview based on what we know about the partner company. Curious about it?
 
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
 
📞+31 (0)20 20 44 502
partner@panda-int.com
🌍 www.panda-int.com
 
 

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