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8 Tips for Wow-ing Interviewers (According to Real Interviewers)

  • Article by:Health Career Center

What do hiring managers really want to hear during an interview? Jobseekers have asked this since the beginning of time, as if the key to making a good first impression is a deep, dark secret. wanted to answer the question once and for all, so they turned the tables on hiring managers and interviewed them for a change.

As it turns out, there’s no big secret at all — it all comes down to 8 simple concepts you can work into your next interview with just a little thought beforehand. Here they are, straight from the interviewers themselves.

1. Know that they want to like you
If you’re feeling nervous on the way to meet a hiring manager, remember: it’s an interview, not an inquisition. Their questions aren’t meant to grill you, and acting defensive could lead them to believe you won’t be nice to work with.

Make eye contact, sit forward in your chair and answer with a smile. It’s that simple!

2. They also want you to stand out
Hiring managers are only human. They often meet with dozens of people a week, and can’t be expected to remember every detail about each one of them. If you’re lucky, they’ll remember one fact about you.

Make sure it’s one that matters. Comb through your resume, find the thing you want your interviewer to remember most, and emphasize it in the interview multiple times. You’ll make hiring managers’ job easy, and they’ll appreciate you for it.

3. …but not in a negative way
Will interviewers remember the big award you won from the American Nurses Association… or how you bashed your current employer for micromanaging you?

Interviewers know you’re not in love with your current job — if you were, why would you be looking for a new one? But they also want to feel secure that you want to work for their organization, not simply to escape from somewhere else.

4. Ask about things that matter to you
Hiring is a two-way street. So while the interviewer is questioning you, you should also be questioning them: What their current challenges are, how you can help fix them, etc.

Only you know what makes work fun for you. Asking the right questions will let your interviewer know it, too.

5. …but make most of them work-related
There will be plenty of time to ask about vacation time and childcare policies after you get hired. Aside from a few personal notes here and there, your primary purpose in a job interview is to talk about the job.

If you steer the conversation away from work too often, you’ll risk having the hiring manager pass on you because they don’t know enough about your qualifications.

6. Show how you’ll contribute right away
Hiring managers love it when you bring a “project” to the offering table. It shows them that you’ve not only taken the time to research their organization, but have thoughts on how you can help improve things right away.

After all, if the organization has to start paying you on day one, they’d like to see returns on day one, too.

7. Ask for the job
Is it any surprise that the simplest part of the interview is the one people forget most?

If you want the job, show the hiring manager. How? Ask for the job.

8. Follow up in a genuine way
Hiring managers get so many follow-up notes, they can spot a boilerplate one from a mile away: “Thank you so much for considering me, and good luck with your decision.”

Make a big impression by referencing something you discussed in the interview — preferably, the “one thing” you wanted them to remember from tip #2.

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