Interview styles and formats can vary but there are certain things that nearly all hiring managers will look for. These tend to be outside of the skill set of the role (all though that’s important too!) and more focussed on soft skills. Soft skills are those that are not tied directly to the position but are general qualities that hiring managers like to see in their employees.
Knowing then that they are looking for these, allows you to focus on demonstrating them throughout the interview. Here’s a list of qualities that hiring managers really want to see during your interview.
All hiring managers want to know that their employees will be loyal to them and the company. This is usually tested by asking you your opinion of a previous company or manager etc. Make sure you have your answer well prepared.
Good manners are essential in organisations, particularly where a lot of people work. The quickest way to get someones back up is by acting rudely and no one wants to deal with the HR headache that comes with that. This will be tested from the onset from what time you arrive to the interview, how you greet your interviewers and how you conduct yourself throughout the interview. Make sure to thank everyone for their time at the end.
One of the key aspects of a great employee is based on how resourceful they are. This will be tested by an interviewer asking you how you managed to complete a project with a lack of resources, funding, team members etc. It’s important to go into great detail here and demonstrate your ability to always find away to get around a problem.
Hiring Managers will want people to be in the best shape for the company. This doesn’t mean that you need to be super fit but if you’re sitting in an interview bags under your eyes from a lack of sleep, it might come across that you won’t be physically up to the job. Make sure you’re in great form going into your interview.
5. Handling Criticism
Your hiring manager will want to make sure you can handle criticism in a good way. Quite a lot of people don’t and that can be very uncomfortable, particularly working with that person in the long run. Your interviewers will see how you handle criticism by responding to one of your projects with a statement of how you could do better and see your reaction. They might also ask you to describe how you handle criticism. Be well prepared and put across the fact that you’re always happy to learn the areas in which you need to improve.
In a good company you won’t be worked to the bone but you do have to expect that sometimes projects will go wrong and more time will have to go into fixing a problem. Your interviewer will want to see how you handle unexpected developments and set backs. They might ask you of an example of a time that a project went wrong and how you managed to get back on track again.
The best type of employee brings new ideas to a company. This can be time saving processes, ways to save money or a fun addition to company culture. The hiring manager will ask if you have implemented or came up with any ideas relating to those areas. Make sure you’re prepared to answer. Remember you’re only responsible for the ideas, a lot of times great ideas don’t get implemented by the powers-that-be, but the fact you tried to make a difference is what matters.
8. Personal Life Achievements
You might not think it’s important but a the achievements you make in your personal life have a huge bearing on your character. They will also include skills that may be transferable to the company. If you’ve ran a marathon, travelled the world, built houses in poverty stricken areas, make sure you let them know about it.
No one wants to work next to someone that sucks all the positivity out of the work environment with their negativity and bad moods. It’s important to show that you’re a positive. optimistic person that people will love to work with. Keep upbeat in the interview, smile a lot and laugh at the interviewers jokes!
10. Team Work
There’s no escaping it, working in a team is an essential part of working in any company and you will be asked several questions relating to this. These might include your favourite team project, what size teams you like working in, have you ever worked with a troublesome team mate and how did you deal with it etc. Make sure you have several scenarios prepared that leave the interviewers in no doubt, that you’re an excellent addition to any team.