3 Questions Hiring Managers Ask Themselves When Interviewing You
Hiring managers have seen it all, heard it all. They pretty much know the answers you will give on the generic questions that are generally asked by each and every interviewer.
So while they are listening to your answers, they are silently quizzing themselves about you. Are you curious as to what they are thinking?
1) Does this applicant possess a certain amount of confidence in himself?
Do you sit up tall or slouch in your seat? Was your handshake firm, or fish-like floppy? Or worse yet, did you give a death grip that crunched his fingers? Stick to a quick, firm handshake and then sit upright in your seat.
Also, if you have a tendency to speak too softly or too loudly, practice beforehand on regulating your tone. If you find yourself speaking quickly when you become anxious, try some deep breathing and/or meditation in the waiting room beforehand. It should calm your nerves and help you to moderate your speaking style.
2) How well does this applicant communicate?
Most companies are looking to hire someone who communicates well, with both the written and spoken word. You’ve probably passed the written part in the hiring manager’s mind, because your cover letter and résumé got you this far. Don’t blow it now by using poor grammar. Starting a sentence with something like “Me and my former boss had a great relationship” can make an interviewer visibly cringe. It doesn’t matter if every other person on the planet under the age of 30 starts a sentence like that. Don’t do it. You will come across as ignorant and no one wants to deliberately fill their open position with someone who sounds ignorant.
3) Does this applicant ask noteworthy questions?
The hiring manager will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. If your inquiries are all about me, as in what is the pay? or what holidays will I get off? your chances to be hired will quickly dissipate.
If you turn it around and ask questions all about the position, then you’ll get his attention.
Ask something that shows your enthusiasm for the job, such as what would a successful first year look like in this position look like? Or what would a typical day be like for me if I had this job? This shows you are envisioning yourself working there, as opposed to focusing solely on getting the job.
Being aware of these silent questions hiring managers have about you can give you an advantage over other applicants. And every advantage gets you one step closer to the job of your dreams.