Five Things to Know About Your Interviewer
Five things to know about your interviewer during the interview for an advantage over your competition. People don't realize that they should know how the person interviewing them thinks. Learning about them may take some pressure off and lessen the feelings of anticipation.
Know Your InterviewerStress is removed from the interview process when you know how the recruiter thinks and what they want from an employee. Statistically, an employer has already made up their mind about hiring someone within the first five minutes of an interview. With the average interview lasting 30-40 minutes, it is helpful to pick up on the cues that the recruiter is sending during your meeting.
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What Do You Need to Know About Your Interviewer?
- They want to build the best team
People can be intimidated during an interview because they feel as though they are being constantly drilled with questions. What you need to realize is, the employer is making sure that you are the best fit for the job. Especially in positions where you would be part of a team, it is important that you can handle the interview appropriately, and acclimate to the workplace quickly.
Aside from picking the best candidate that will fit into the workplace, this person must be the best one to handle the job's responsibilities. Hiring the wrong person is extremely costly and has adverse effects on the company economically. The person meeting with you does not want to be the one responsible for that mistake, so they may be hesitant if you don't seem like the perfect fit.
- They look for certain characteristics that turn them off
You must avoid the items on this long list. Most of the time, if you exhibit these characteristics, a recruiter may be turned away from hiring you. For example, your body language and how you act in an interview makes a large impact on the employer. Playing with your hair, having bad posture, avoiding eye contact, and lacking a smile are some behaviors that can negatively affect your interview.
Additionally, the way that you look, how you act, and the things that you say influence how an interviewer decides whether or not they should hire you. If you are inappropriately dressed, act rude, or speak with poor grammar the employer will take these negative aspects into account.
- They know all the interview mistakes
The recruiter's job consists of interviewing people, in a full-time capacity. It is reasonable to assume that they have probably seen a lot of interview mistakes made by various candidates. Knowledge of these mistakes gives them the advantage when it comes to situations in which the applicant decides to come to the interview unprepared.
The bottom line is that you have to come to the interview prepared and are aware of the common interview mistakes that everyone else has already made. Being prepared will set you apart from the other candidates. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, learn from what others have done wrong.
- They won't tell you everything
Sometimes you might think that the interview has appeared to have gone very well, but you may have made some critical mistakes. Keep in mind that just because the interviewer appeared to be pleasant throughout the meeting that doesn't necessarily mean they are going to hire you.
You may have spoken ill of a previous job or gave less than a favorable answer to one of their questions. You won't know how the recruiter is feeling at that moment. The purpose of an interview is to get people to reveal the truth about themselves, to see if that person is someone who will add to the team. Most of the time, applicants will not exercise good judgment at this time.
- They have busy days too
Afterward, you should always send a thank you email, following up within the appropriate time frame of 24 hours. If the interviewer doesn't get back to you that does not mean that you didn't get the position. You must understand that they are very busy individuals that have many interviews to conduct and paperwork with which to follow up. Don't think that the interviewer is ignoring you; they may have a hectic day.