You saw a job you thought you were perfect for. You went ahead and wrote a perfect resume and handed it in and after a couple of days you got called in for an interview, now you’re wondering how do I knock this out of the park? How do I impress these strangers so that they give me this job I need so much?
There are several things that go into impressing your hiring manager during an interview and make you the best candidate. Such things may seem easy to do but they take time to master.
Hiring Manager Interview – Ways to Impress Him/Her:
1. Be Knowledgeable:
To impress your future bosses and colleagues, you need to demonstrate a certain level of knowledge. Don’t be cocky, just be smart. You might be asked a question like “How many Starbucks’ are there in the city of New-York?”
Such question requires you to know the size of New-York and how to place each Starbucks strategically in order to maximize profits.
So be knowledgeable, you don’t have to be right, just be ready to think on your feet.
2. Know About The Company:
It’s essential to know about the company you want to work for, know their products and how they work. This will make it easier for you to answer any questions related to the company and its products. In case you are asked about how to improve a certain product, you will know exactly what to say because you have used it before and know what it lacks.
Such a skill helps your future employer asses if you can be an asset to the company based on the freshness of your ideas.
3. Show Resourcefulness:
During an interview, you should be able to show that you can be resourceful when needed. This can be shown when you’re presented with a problem that you don’t know how to solve. What will happen when such an event occurs? Will you give up or will you find a way around it?
Most people show resourcefulness by admitting that when they encounter a problem that they haven’t seen before, they try to find answers online. There is no shame in that as there are probably people who have encountered that problem before, have solved it successfully, and can help you solve it too.
This will show that you are able to solve problems no matter how big they are.
4. Ask Questions:
During an interview, you are allowed to ask questions about whatever you need clarification on. Asking questions makes you seem intelligent.
When asked a question that seems vague or isn’t that much specific you should always ask a question for clarification to get it straight so as to maximize your chances of getting the job.
Questions can be related not only to work problems but also to the culture at work, wages and fellow workmates.
5. Think Out Loud:
Thinking out loud during an interview can be a great asset as it shows your thinking process and gives the interviewer a sense of direction where you are going with your answers. They may even guide you if you seem to be deviating from the question.
When presented with a technical question, always say what you think in regards to the question at hand, express thought after thought. Thinking out loud shows how intelligent you are and your ability to solve problems. It can help in getting the job you want.
6. Optimize Solutions:
When presented with a problem to solve, always try and optimize your solutions. Try and come up with the best possible solution that takes the shortest time and least resources.
Such a skill can be demonstrated when answering a question about how long it will take to reach point B from point A using the shortest route. There could be many ways to get there but which one is the shortest and doesn’t consume a lot of resources?
Try and come up with the best solution no matter how unorthodox or weird it may seem, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
By showing your ability to optimize solutions you put yourself in a great position of being able to bring to the company much needed skill of solving problems fast and with minimal resources. This will definitely impress your hiring manager.
As a candidate, you should be able to criticize your work. By this I mean you should be able to look at your work and tell where you went wrong or where you can possibly improve yourself.
This kind of skill helps in technical interviews when you are presented with a problem that needs a solution. There could be many possible ways to do it but if you realize your solution isn’t the best, you should be able to point it out and figure out a better way to do it. This will show that you are eager to find the best possible solution to a problem through self-assessment and will help in impressing your interviewer.
7. Be Innovative:
During an interview, you should be able to show how innovative you can be. This can be shown through improving a product that the company sells. You can suggest changing the packaging of the product to one that’s much more cost efficient and environmentally friendly.
Such a quality will show that you can innovate the company’s existing and future products, thus painting you as an asset to the hiring manager.
8. Show That You Are A Team Player:
You should be able to show that you are a team player if you want to land that job. This can be exhibited by giving credit to your teammates whom you worked on a project with. Say that you worked on a particular part of the project but it took the whole team to get things done.
Such a quality in a candidate shows that you can connect well with others in the workplace and acts as a bonus point for you.
These are some of the ways that can help you to impress your hiring manager, to land that dream job and to work on your career. You can take your time to practice some of the things highlighted here so as to improve your chances of achieving perfection for your interview day. There’s still a lot to learn when it comes to landing your dream job but I hope these tips will help you in getting the best out of an interview. Happy job hunting!
About Author: With a background in education and entrepreneurship, Jake Lester currently writes for the educational blogging project ProWritersCenter. Jake writes for many blogs and gives useful advice for entrepreneurs, students, and educators. He likes to cover stories in productivity, careers, and education. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook