What are the 3 MOST IMPORTANT things Recruiters/Hiring Managers look out for during a Job Interview?
5/7/2019, By Adrian Choo
Believe it or not, the Interviewer is
almost always secretly hoping you are the perfect one for the role. His/her job
is more to 'qualify' you than to 'disqualify' you, hence, make their job
easier. They are primarily evaluating you on:
1. Can you do the job?
qualified to do the role? Do you have the necessary experience? Do you have the
skills required? How good are you at those skills/experience? It is your job
during the interview to prepare examples of past successes to assure them you
can do the job and do it well.
2. Can this person fit in?
One of the
biggest fears for any hiring manager is whether there will be an 'organ
rejection' if you join them and the team decides you're not a good fit (or vice
versa). Or worse still, you piss everyone off and the team quits!
To counter this, understand
what the culture is at the company, and provide examples of how you are like
that too. (You can find out the culture by asking your headhunter or friends in
3. Do I like this candidate?
From my 13 yrs of headhunting, there is an
unwritten rule which says... "All else being equal, the nicer, and better
looking candidate will get the role." Now, I can't help much on the
'better looking' part, but it pays to be nice and likeable during the interview.
Smile, show enthusiasm, nod, be agreeable, show
warmth in a sincere manner. If you were doing the hiring, would you choose a
likeable person who could do the job, or a VERY qualified person who comes
across as disagreeable, unfriendly or even arrogant? So, be nice. Even before
you step into the interview room. Keep the lift door open, Thank the
(I had a candidate who made a rude gesture to
someone in the building carpark only to discover it was his interviewer). There
are many other things interviewers look out for.