ITB 2024 Special Reporting
Things All Interviewers Look For
By Mandy Ferrin
Tuesday, 14th September 2021

If you’ve done multiple interviews, you’ll know that every little thing counts.

Your body language, your attire, to even the tone of your voice can affect the playout of the interview. It doesn’t take long for interviewers to determine if you’re the right fit for the role. Regardless of if the interview is scheduled for an hour, judgments are made within the first 5 minutes.

To ensure success, you’ll want to make sure you’re presenting the best version of yourself.

While it’s better to be overconfident than insecure, you don’t want to give the impression that you have an inflated ego. Instead, come up with examples on how you supported your team and contributed to your organization’s mission. Avoid stories that purposefully leave out your colleagues.

Always stay reluctant to point out the flaws in your previous employers and focus on the positive aspects of your experience. It’s still important to be honest with your answers, since providing generic answers can make you come off like a yes-man/woman.

Don’t be afraid to put your opinions out there if they’re not actively dissing your previous experience

Make sure you show up on time, are dressed appropriately and prepared with any materials that were requested prior to the interview. Don’t overshare details from your personal life, even if you’ve developed good repartee. Apart from that, always stay present. Your attitude should convey that this interview is a top priority.

Your enthusiasm for the position is going to stand out to hiring managers. Your desire to work for their organization has brought you this far. Make sure it continues to come through in your interview and thank you note.

Before you’re interview come up with a few reasons why you like the company and tie that in with your experience. Hiring managers like when you’re able to clearly establish why you will be a great asset for the company.

It’s important not to embellish things on your resume. At some point in your interview where you’ll be required to provide examples. You want to establish credibility through your past experiences. If you fall short in certain areas, be honest about it and share your plan of attack.

Culture fit
Lastly, most interviewers are trying to gauge how you’ll fit into their company culture. Some companies have a “work hard, play hard” mentality, while others are more laid back. Go into your interview being yourself, after all, you also want to be able to envision yourself growing with the company.


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