What are hiring managers thinking during an interview?

What are hiring managers thinking during an interview?

Whether you have done hundreds of face to face interviews or only 1, everyone knows that the process can be stressful. Not only are you trying your hardest to portray the very best version of yourself, but you are also attempting to read your audience and learn as much as you can about the role and company.

The hiring process is not easy for the hiring managers either. Making the right choice can be difficult. So what can you do to make the process a bit less stressful? Other than the obvious, preparing well for the interview, you can try and put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and try and understand what they are thinking during the interview. Below are some common thoughts amongst hiring managers during the interview:

Can I manage this person?

A manager is not going to hire someone that they don’t believe they can work with. Managers come in all different shapes and styles. Every manager has their own way of supervising their employees. At some point during the meeting, you should also get an opportunity to pose a few questions. Try asking your potential supervisor how she would describe her management style. It’s important to show that you are confident in what you do and capable of doing the role, but also remember to be a bit more humble. Managers want to see that you have the ability to learn and adapt as well.

Does this person truly understand this role?

Interviewers want to be sure that you have done your homework and that you truly understand the role and understand your responsibilities and what is expected of you. Most hiring managers typically start off with a couple of simple questions like, “Can you tell me about yourself?” and “Why are you interested in this position?” These are perfect opportunities to demonstrate your understanding of the role. Say something that indicates you get what the job entails and why your background is a solid match.

Is this person actually excited about working here?

Similar to having an in-depth understanding of the potential opportunity, it’s important to show that you are genuinely excited about the organization as a whole.

During the interview, take the opportunity to ask about the team, their work style, and the company culture. Not only will this show that you are genuinely engrossed in learning about the organization as a whole and not just focused on the position you’re applying for, but it will demonstrate that you, too, care about being the right person for the job.

Will this person get along with managers, colleagues, customers, suppliers, clients and vendors? / Does this person look like they belong at this company?

Both questions  relate to whether you are a good fit for the company. It is important for the hiring manager to be sure that you can fit into the company culture and work well with the other employees. Even if you are perfectly qualified, the hiring manager can turn you down if they think you cannot integrate into the company well.

What do they bring to the table? What value can they add?

The hiring manager needs to know that hiring you will bring extra value to the team and company. Hiring you represents them, so they want to make sure they choose the person who will bring the most to the role. You need to make clear in the interview why you are unique and what value you can bring that the other candidates can’t. Go through your skills and qualifications and point out which ones fit best with the role’s expectations and how you can add that value better than others.

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