Let The Hiring Manager Select You For The Position

Monday, June 25, 2012, AM | Leave Comment

The unemployment rate is still higher than 8%. That means several candidates have applied for one job position. Let’s say the hiring manager has 5 resumes on her desk and she has called each one of the candidates for interview. What are the chances that, after interviewing, she will pick you for the job?

Well, there are certain things you can do to facilitate her in doing just that – pick you. One of the keys to success in interviewing is practice.

The key to interviewing success is simply being prepared for the questions and having a mental outline to follow in responding to each question.

What the hiring manager does is…

She will assess past performance of each candidate. She will resort to, what in the industry is called, behavioral interviewing.

The most successful hire will bring the right blend of knowledge, skill and motivation.

She might ask you…

  • about a project that finished on time and on budget. What role did you play?
  • about a project that didn’t meet expectations. What went wrong?
  • about a time when you needed to influence co-workers who were resistant to your idea.
  • about a situation where you didn’t get what you wanted. How did you handle that?
  • about your attitude towards a previous employer.

What you should do…

You should be prepared to answer these and other questions satisfactorily.

  • To match up with her behavioral interviewing, you must do research and be prepared to be knowledgeable about the position.

    Show that you have the required skill set and you have all the motivation in the world for the job.

  • Don’t immediately start talking about, for example, the fast pace with your previous employer(s), advancing five salary grades in two years, and having lots of latitude.

  • Focus on the qualities required for the job.

In a Nutshell
In the interview, if you did not do well technically, not answering satisfactorily to some of the questions of the hiring manager, your right motivation and an ability to build positive relationships tend to be the most successful in the long run.

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