Have you ever wondered why many people attend countless interviews before they finally land their first jobs? In most cases, candidates walk out of the interview room with a feeling of satisfaction that they have given their very best. Probably after taking some psychometric tests online, memorizing answers to the most commonly asked interview questions and doing an extensive background search on the company, job seekers usually feel they know it all. With such information, interview candidates get convinced that they have all it takes to get that dream job. Familiarizing yourself with answers to the frequently asked interview questions is not a bad idea, practicing with several psychometric and personality tests online is equally good, going through the company’s website to get basic background information is just a perfect thing to do as you prepare for your interview. However, it is fruitless walking into an interview room and facing that panel before you get to know what the hiring managers want to hear or see in you.
There have been massive blames on the current rate of unemployment in the country which worse still is expected to be 42.78 percent by the end of this quarter .Surprisingly, research conducted by a group of top hiring managers in the region, reveals that unavailability of jobs is not the issue but skill mismatch has contributed to the current rate of unemployment. The hiring managers argue that they often fail to find what they are looking for in most candidates. Well, most job seekers have impressive resumes but cannot justify or rather match the content of their resumes to the performance at an interview.
With our experience in hiring and extensive research to get the advice of the top prolific hirers, we compiled a list of six most important things we believe every hiring managers would want to see in a candidate
Understand the Culture.
Most people would rush through the company’s website a few days or minutes to the interview to get a grasp of the entity’s culture. However, most candidates walk to the interview room without a comprehensive idea of what makes the firm stand out among its competitors within the industry. The hiring managers want to hear how much you know about the company and not just when it was founded and the name of the CEO.Interviewers are often turned off when they ask questions relating to company’s culture, and the candidate fumbles or is just unable to answer. This shows that a candidate is not fit for a particular position or to work in the company since it is impractical to work in accompany you do not fully understand. To show you are fit for that position, you must clearly and precisely understand the organization’s culture.
Show the Hiring Managers How Your Experience Is Relevant To the Post
Hiring managers have repeatedly raised concerns that most candidates do not know how to express or rather match their experiences and skills to a position they are being interviewed. In most occasions, when asked the question “Tell us how your experiences are relevant to this post?” most candidates get stuck. For the few who attempt to answer, it is common to hear them speak of their entire experiences including those that are very irrelevant to the post. However, when you are changing roles or industry, it is impressive to get more creative and try to make the seemingly unrelated experiences look relevant and just get a clear explanation to convince the hiring manager that you will fit in the organization.
Do You or Will You Fit?
The hiring managers are not only interested in knowing if you will fit in the job but their interest also lies in whether you will fit in the entire organization or not. Most job seekers fail to convince the hiring personnel that they would be the best fit by either failing to answer the interview questions satisfactorily or to have minimal information about the company. To be able to prove to the hiring managers that you are the best candidate or fit, it is key to leave a lasting impression by showing great passion, being confident, being unique and being you. You can show passion by personalizing a thank you email after an interview, this shows how badly you want to work for the company and might land you the job. Being unique is one secret that most job seekers confessed worked for them. You don’t need to memorize answers and carry that with you to the interview room. Be creative, think of ways that could make you stand out, be smart and make the interview session as interactive as possible.
No one can hire you when you do not show interest in your work. Now, how exactly do you show you’re interested in the position during an interview? Most job seekers miss opportunities not because they lack the required qualifications but because the interviewer felt they are not interested in the work and will therefore not perform perfectly well. Showing the hiring managers that you are extremely interested in the job is a plus. It is important to show interest by asking questions about the job; this shows the interviewing panel that you fully understand the job and the best candidate for the particular position. It is therefore prudent to prepare one or two questions related to the job to ask during the interview.
You might respond to all the questions elaborately, but the moment the interviewer finds out that you do not understand your strength and weakness they automatically count you out. Self-awareness is an essential competency that the hiring managers are looking for in every candidate. Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? How have you coped with your weakness in the past and how have you been able to translate your strengths to succeed in positions you previously held? When the hiring managers fail to get responses that demonstrate you fully know yourself and confident about what you can do and what you cannot do, it becomes a minus in the interview. As a job seeker, you must be able to examine your strengths and weaknesses objectively.
Let Them Know That You Are A Positive Person
The business world gets tougher time. More so, with the increased global competition most organizations work tirelessly to survive. Thriving in the increasingly completive world is proving one of the greatest challenge every company, even market leaders struggle with. In regards to this, every company would want to have a positive employee, an optimistic individual who will not only stay when things get tougher but also go the extra mile to restore the company’s status. So as a job seeker you must always have a positive thing to incorporate about you during an interview