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Going on an interview is nothing
short of nerve-racking. From sweaty
palms to knots in your stomach, its
easy to let the fear of being in the
hot seat consume you.
If only there was a way in which you
could nix those nerves and as a result
blow a hiring manager away...
The truth is, stepping outside of your
shoes and widening your perspective
can do wonders for your next interview.
Instead of focusing on the things you're
thinking and feeling, why not think like
a hiring manager? Better yet, why not
interview like one?
What Is the Hiring Manager Think-
Hiring managers, and other interview-
ers, are not usually excited about con-
ducting job interviews. Interviews come
under the heading of "other duties as
required" and are a necessary part of
keeping operations moving smoothly.
However, interviewing you is not usu-
ally the highlight of their day. Unfortu-
nately, more often, interviewing a job
seeker is an unwelcome interruption.
Below is what they may be thinking
when you walk into the interview. Con-
sider how you can change those thoughts
and win that job.
I don't feel a connection.
Hiring managers not only interview
for qualifications, but they interview for
the right personality fit as well. Fitting
into a company's culture has grown
increasingly important. No matter how
great your skills are, if you don't strive
to point out your connection to the com-
pany you may not be extended a job
Research will be your guide as to how
the company conducts business, how it
is perceived by the public and what
direction it's aiming to go. Don't wait
for your interviewer to comment on
these types of things, instead offer up
your excitement to work in an environ-
ment that upholds the ideals of X, Y
The adrenalin of an interview may
have your pulse pounding and head spin-
ning, but it's unlikely to be the same
type of experience for a hiring manager.
After the same routine process of asking
the same routing questions the experi-
ence can seem nothing short of vanil-
la.Spice things up by bringing your own
unique and thought-proving questions
to the table. At the end of your interview
when you're given the opportunity to
ask any questions, pounce with both
personality and poise!
• What changes do you hope the next
person to take on this position will
• What do you think is the key person-
ality trait to do this job well?
Questions like these not only showcase
your dedication to doing this job (and
doing it well), but they will get a con-
versation going with some natural back
and forth. Afford your interviewer the
opportunity to let their guard down and
see you as a unique individual that hope-
fully later, will stick out in his/her mind.
I'm not impressed.
Don't go into an interview, fold your
hands, and politely wait for the experience
to be over. Yes, it's a hiring manager's job
to run the interview, but it's your job to
blow him/her away. Take charge, and
work the experience so that the time not
only flies by, but so that the hiring man-
ager doesn't want it to end.
How can you do this? Make a little
extra effort. Chances are there is a specific
reason for applying to each job you inter-
view for; you either have the skills, the
passion, or both.
Show your personal connection off by
coming in with a proactive plan as to
how you'll make the position sing. Detail
suggested areas of improvement (carefully
- don't tell the interviewer that they are
dumb), back them up with industry news
and trends, and showcase the effort you've
already made for a job that is still up for
What other ways can you think like a
individuals for the following vacancy:
• Must be 35 years of age or older.
• Must have experience of 8 years in a similar position.
• Must possess a minimum of 6 O'Level passes.
• Must be computer literate.
• Must be motivated to work long hours (+55 per week)
• Monthly Salary
• Enrollment in Company's Health & Pension Plans
• Commission based on sales
Interested persons should send their applications and resumes to:
Deadline for submissions: 26th August, 2016.
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.
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