Cut The Cliché Answers And Other Things Hiring Managers Wish You Knew

December 1, 2016  |  
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Going in for a job interview is always stressful because a potential job is on the line. Obviously, you want to make a good impression, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out just what the company — and the person you’re in front of — is looking for. Wouldn’t it be be nice to have a heads up on some of the standard things hiring managers want to see in candidates? Well, consider this your lucky day because we know the 10 things every hiring manager wishes you knew.


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Honesty really is the best policy

Yep, the interviewer really wants you to tell the truth. “This means being honest about your strengths and weaknesses and giving the hiring manager a glimpse of the real you, so he or she can make an informed decision about how well you’d do in the job,” reported U.S. News & World Report. And trust that they will catch you in a lie if you do bend the truth, even a little.



The only dumb question is the one unasked

The interviewer doesn’t want to be the only one asking questions. She wants you to have a few of your own. “Your interviewer wants to know that you’re interested in the details of the job, the position, your prospective supervisor’s management style and the culture of the organization,” U.S. News & World Report added.


At least look like you’re in it for the long haul

While the interviewer does want to feel you are a go-getter, they want someone who isn’t going to opportunity jump. “Most hiring managers are hoping that if they select a great candidate, they won’t have to turn around and replace that person within a year. When you are asked about your career goals, it isn’t a strategic response to say that you would like to do this job for a year and then move up. Just so you know, most hiring managers are hoping you will be happy with a job for two years or probably longer before you are thinking about the next move,” reported Vocation Village.

Have Your References In Check–All Of Them

Sometimes companies go off the page and actually reach out to references other than those you have provided. “Reference checkers can call anyone you’ve worked for or who might know you, even if they aren’t on the list you provide,” reported U.S. News & World Report.

Have An Attitude–A Positive One

Your attitude in an interview really does matter. Not only is the interviewer looking to see if you are a positive person, they want to see how your personality will click with the organization. “Often, one personality type will simply fit better into a treatment than another will, and that’s the kind of thing that’s very difficult (if not impossible) for a candidate to know,” reported U.S. News & World Report.

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They Have Done Their Homework & A Fair Share Of Snooping

By the time you meet your interview, most likely she will know much more about you than you about her. “In today’s social media-driven world, you shouldn’t be surprised that hiring managers admit to doing Internet searches on candidates before they meet them. In fact, some managers even solicit information about you from people in their network. This helps them become more familiar with who they’re considering hiring,” reported Career Attraction.


Clothes Matter

If the interviewer doesn’t like what you are wearing, you probably won’t get hired.  “Thinking about wearing a mini-business skirt, a trendy plunging neckline or painting your nails green? Think again. These are just a few examples of what some hiring managers listed as interview wardrobe don’ts,” reported Career Attraction. Always dress for success and dress the part when going in for an interview.

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Stop With The Cliché Interview Answers

Interview managers are tired of people claiming to be perfectionists and team players. “You know all those interview answers you just memorized? Forget about them! Why? Because hiring managers are sick of hearing the same ol’ generic answers to their questions…They want a real (albeit qualified) person who can hold a real conversation — flaws and all,” reported Career Attraction. “Instead of saying ‘I’m a perfectionist,’ for example, tell them about a time when you used your unique skills to perfect a difficult paper, project or proposal. This will certainly help you stand out in a crowded sea of sameness.”

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Some Things You Have To Spell Out

Of course the interview wants to know if you have the skills and experience to handle the position. And they want to know that you will actually do the job once you are in the position. “Every bullet point on your resume should demonstrate what you could do if you were hired…Spell out how your experience directly relates to the job for which you’re applying—be explicit about how your management of the well digging exemplified your ability to organize, motivate, and stay on schedule, and list the leadership skills you developed while leading the project,” reported Idealist Careers.

Also demonstrate you have a solid work ethic to go along with your skills. “Are you committed to the mission and/or central issue of the organization? Have you already demonstrated the work ethic necessary to succeed in this specific line of work? To nonprofit employers, your demonstrated commitment to and passion for the cause is important to your credibility,” reported Idealist Careers.

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The Most Qualified Candidate Doesn’t Always Win

Hiring managers weigh a number of factors when hiring someone. They are looking not just at your skills and experience but also your personality. “For instance, someone may have the perfect resume, great credentials, a wealth of experience and all the right answers. Yet if they lack enthusiasm, respect or integrity, they may not get hired,” reported Career Attraction.

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