Whether you are giving an interview for the first time or the millionth, the process is stressful. Answering recruiters’ questions, along with reading what they really want from you is equally important in an interview.
As soon as a position is open, the hiring manager initiates the process of hiring. Choosing the right person from a list of interviewees is no easy task for the recruiter either. They have a list of expectations and questions for the employee who fits in the job role. Understanding their thoughts about the hiring process is hard, but we can give you few tips about what any hiring manager keeps in mind before taking the interview.
Your capability for the job role
When the job description given in the job portal/walk-ins matches your resume, you’re called for the interview. You’ve cleared a step. During the interview, recruiters often look for the following things in an interviewee.
Technical based interview: They see how you perceive a topic, how thorough you are with it and the key thing is—how well you present your knowledge.
Relevant skills: After the technical aspect comes the skills that an employee is looking for in the candidate. Exaggerating your skills or going on and on about why you are good fit for that specific job could make others saturated.
Portraying your skills with relevant experiences and examples from your previous job roles helps you give proof of your expertise.
Here are a few of the common skills (irrespective of the job profiles you apply for) that a hiring manager looks for in an interviewee:
- Communication skills: A must-have and probably the most common skill an employee needs is effective communication. Ability to convey one’s thoughts and ideas with confidence and articulately is a must.
- Critical thinking: Your ability to analyse, make appropriate decisions, and problem-solving skills which you can portray from your previous experiences.
- Leadership skills: Leadership skills are not only necessary for managerial roles, but also for the junior or entry-level roles. Leadership skills include motivating, creativity, being responsible for your role, flexibility.
- Multi-tasking: Everyday duties on the job will involve many tasks and initiatives to be executed. So the ability to take up multiple responsibilities/tasks is one much valued skill in your profile.
- Integrity: Being honest with oneself and others always pays for the individual. No recruiter wants a fake person. Someone who is loyal and shows strong integrity towards the organisation is respected and trusted.
- Stress management: Every job has its own pressures and demands to be handled. An employee is expected to work efficiently under these demanding deadlines and work volume.
Enthusiasm is a valuable asset that a hiring manager looks for in the interviewee, especially if you are a fresher. The employer wants to know that you are passionate about whatever you take up, let it your work or any hobby. He wants to decide whether your enthusiasm at work can bring the best to the position and benefit their organisation.
How can you convince the interviewer?
- A genuine interest in the questions you put before them during “Any questions?”
- Enthusiasm in communicating with them during the interview(face to face or telephonic).
- Showing that you are a proactive person with your past experiences to help you convince your hiring manager that you are a passionate person.
- Your long-term and short-term career goals that involve in upskilling or growing as a professional.
How well do you fit into the company’s environment?
The employer tries to compare the candidates’ strengths, experiences and needs of their organisation’s work culture. A recruiter wants to know whether the interviewee sticks with an organisation or not. A look at your tenure in previous organisations will give him an outlook.
Doing your homework about the company’s values and culture will guide you to convince your interviewer. Each of the employees may not be having the same qualities to fit in the organisation. That’s why, it is important to let them know how well your strengths can complement their organisation’s environment.
Values and beliefs: Some of the few questions that an employer can ask to assess your job fit:
- Describe the work environment in which you can work productively?
- What do you think are the ideal qualities in a manager that brings the best out of his team?
- How do your colleagues describe your working style/contributions?
- What are the positive and negative aspects of your current job role?
With these tips in mind, it should be easier for you to face a job interview with confidence and convince the hiring manager that you are the right person for the job. Lots of practice and knowledge are the key to crack any interview.