Top 5 List of Things Job Interviewers Won't Tell You
What the Secrets Are All About
In our previous three-part series on Interview Tips for Graphic Artists and Designers, we have covered areas on how to prepare and conduct one's self during job interviews.
In this article, we'll explore things that are not usually discussed -- namely what other things interviewers consider when examining potential hires.
The Mystery of Landing a Job
What distinguishes one job candidate from another after the interview process has concluded?
This question may be answered in the following five things that are usually not known regarding job interviews.
While these inside tips cannot guarantee you a job, they may help you understand the process of how the whole interview process works and what goes on in the minds of those who interview people for jobs.
The First Minutes Are Critical
How well and comfortable an interviewer responds to you can be crucial in a successful job interview.
Interviewers are skilled in picking up on non-verbal communication such as your body language, how you are dressed, and how sincere your answers are. If an interviewer fails to connect positively with a job candidate during the first few minutes, it can be an uphill battle to regain footing for the job seeker.
Interviewers Are Highly Attuned to Deception
Good interviewers are skilled at picking up signals from job candidates who exaggerate or overly enhance what they know or can do. Of course your portfolio can speak volumes about your talents, but capable interviewers can tell just how much experience you really have as opposed to what you say.
Interviewers Don't Like Silence
As the interview process progresses, a candidate who pauses frequently, is at a loss for words, or is struggling to formulate cohesive responses usually raises a red flag for the interviewer. While nerves are perfectly understandable, a failure to communicate effectively can be a sore-point.
Interviewers Are Looking for Someone Memorable
When you consider that people who do job interviews can literally screen hundreds of job candidates in order to fill a specific job position, job seekers can all start to look alike after a while.
Candidates who do or say something memorable during the interview process can get the attention of the interviewer. If your qualifications also meet what they are looking for, you may increase your chances of being called back for a second interview session.
Interviewers Look for People Who Fit In
While your talent is certainly important in the process of qualifying for a job, your interviewer is also considering how well you may fit into the company's work environment.
For example, if the workplace is a pressure cooker, the interviewer will be looking for people who can work well under tight deadlines. If the workplace is informal, they'll be looking for individuals that are easy going and professional in their work habits.
During the interview you should have taken mental notes about the person who was doing the questioning. How did the hiring manager or prospective boss treat you during the interview?
Did he seem pushy, disrespectful or condescending to you? If so, you must realize that this is the work environment that you may encounter if you accept the job.
But if everything checks out and you are satisfied with your assessment of the company and its working conditions, you can confidently say "Yes!" if the job offer comes through.