7 Interview Tips: What Hiring Managers Really Want From You

It really shouldn’t be this way, but interviewing is as unpredictable as New England weather. In article written by the staff at PongoResume.com, Interviewing Tips: What Hiring Managers Really Want from You, hiring manager Michael Neece was interviewed by the staff for his take on what he looks for in job candidates.

The answers he gives to Pongo’s staff are honest and revealing. They reveal some of his strong feelings about candidates and, not surprisingly, the importance of being the “right fit.”

For example, here’s the answer he gives to the question: What are the “hidden hiring criteria” that can’t be written in a job description?

Want to know a secret? The most qualified candidate never gets the job. You may match the job description perfectly, but that doesn’t mean you’re the best candidate or are entitled to the job. The job description is only a small part of the hiring decision. “Fit” is probably the most important hidden criterion.

An employer wants to know that you can do the job and do it well, but they’ve asked you in for an interview, so they probably already think you can do the job. What they don’t know until they meet you is whether you’ll be an effective addition to the organization.

Read the article to get the answers to the following question:

  • What do hiring managers really want to hear when they use the standard line, “Tell me about yourself”?
  • What would you say is the single most impressive thing a job candidate can do in an interview?
  • How do you determine “fit?”
  • What’s the most memorable thing a candidate has ever done in an interview you conducted?
  • What’s the most incredible blunder a candidate ever committed in an interview you were conducting?
  • What’s the best way for a candidate to address employment gaps in their résumé during an interview?

Interviewing for a position can be stressful, but there are some important points Michael makes, namely being prepared and cognizant of the impression you make, that. You’ve been selected to be interviewed based on what’s on your résumé—you have what it takes in the technical realm—so now you have to come across as someone who can work well with others and add another dimension to the position. If you can do this, the rest is history.


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Bob McIntosh, CPRW, is a career trainer who leads more than 17 job search workshops at an urban career center. Jobseekers and staff look to him for advice on the job search. In addition, Bob has gained a reputation as a LinkedIn authority in the community. Bob’s greatest pleasure is helping people find rewarding careers in a competitive job market. Follow Bob on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bob_mcintosh_1 and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobmcintosh1

One Response to 7 Interview Tips: What Hiring Managers Really Want From You

  1. In my experience the “hidden” factor in getting the job is often what people call “chemistry”. I had a client who was so good at projecting whatever the hiring manager wanted, she got the job, even though her qualifications were borderline. A few weeks after being hired, the people involved in the decision were scratching their heads about why they’d hired her. It was almost comical. The other underlying thing is the fact that those doing the hiring really want to fall in love with the person they pick; he or she has to be built up so they are the savior of the moment, to be held up as the best, the brightest, the most suited, for the position. Then, as time goes on, they fall from grace and the feet of clay are revealed. It’s called infatuation, and it comes about because the hiring manager(s) need to justify their hiring of the individual; and if they are wrong, hopefully the group decision protects them from the ignomy of wasting everyone’s time with the wrong person who can’t do what the job really called for. Some of this comes about because of the tremendous pressure on all employees, hiring managers being no exception, to do more work than every before, often two to three jobs simultaneously due to meager resources, and not being trained properly to do interviewing. So study up on “chemistry” especially NLP, and study up on how to make people fall in love with you. If you can stand behind a “Killer” resume, you’ll have the greatest luck getting the interview. (See my blog about “What’s wrong with your resume” at http://www.ejobcoach.com.

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