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At QJumpers we encourage you to be bold but not overcomplicated. We want you to have all the answers on the tip of your tongue at the time of your interview process. Understanding what hiring managers are looking for is essential to the interview preparation and execution, being prepared and polished in every aspect will help you get closer to your dream job.
So what are the other key components that Hiring Managers are looking for?
It’s appropriate to tell your hiring manager what you stand for and what you stand against, illustrate your true colours, your values and visions - but don’t make a political stand just yet. Let people get to know the real you first before all that.
Let your hiring manager know what drew you to apply for the job. Everyone likes a bit of flattery at the end of the day so tell them what attracted you to their company, attracted you to the job - and if you can provide a specific example, good for you.
Don’t be surprised if your hiring manager has done their online investigation homework on you. Therefore have the common sense first to see what’s online about you and if you can remove anything unsavory, do it quick. Keep it simple, Facebook for example – is an easy measuring tool to see who you are socially. Remove unwanted profanities and keep your profile secure and private. LinkedIn = professional, make sure everything you have on your LinkedIn profile is up to date and relevant. Twitter – try not to ramble.
If you have something online that you aren’t proud of, and is out of your control to delete it, the best thing to do is take ownership. Tell your hiring manager you have matured and learnt from your mistakes. Hopefully they’ll understand - we’re all only human after all.
You should all have that ‘go-to’ interview outfit sorted, so don’t leave that impressive attire to the last minute. The term “dress for success” still rings true for many a hiring manager; make the right lasting impression for all the right reasons. No matter what the job, in whatever part of the country, Skype or a real life interview – this is your moment to shine when meeting your potential new boss, dress up like you mean it.
Let your hiring manager know how you started your career and where you would like to see it go. Always ensure you have the 5 – 10 year plan sorted, because the question “where do you see yourself in 5 years” will arise. Show your potential hiring manager that you have this figured out and all you need now is their support to get you there.
How would you describe yourself in five words? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Understanding these key messages complemented by your strengths and weaknesses will alleviate any surprises during the interview process.
“Tell us a little about yourself, please but nothing too personal at this stage.” Sure you need to engage and connect, but leave the messy breakup, divorce or what you did on the weekend well alone. Your hiring manager wants to know only the honest truth about your working life, don’t overcomplicate things and keep it nice and simple.