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What Do Hiring Managers Want To Know?

Oakstone international executive search What Do Hiring Managers Want To Know? SaaS recruitment

Whether you’re in an entry level position or taking home £600,000 a year, when embarking on a new opportunity there are 3 things the hiring manager wants to know in your interview.

It’s never ‘easy’ though – you have around an hour to answer all three questions all whilst talking about skills and experience that relate to the job.

Here is where all the practice and preparation come in – so when you’re next prepping for an interview make sure you add these questions in…

‘What will it be like to work with you?’

The hiring manager will have no information about you as a person until they meet you face to face, so an interview is your chance to make a first impression which is the most important aspect of an interview.

One mistake people make when going into an interview is to expect it to be like an exam – waiting for testing questions that they hope to ‘pass’, however great hiring managers won’t want to test you but get to know you so they can establish whether you’re the right fit.

Build rapport with the interviewer by getting to know them and if you feel like you have successfully done this you can reach out and ask for feedback after your interview.

‘Can you learn?’

Skills and experience are important as they demonstrate your past however it’s your job in an interview to demonstrate what you can do in the future.  To do this its important to call upon your previous experience and skills to apply them to the situation, however it’s also extremely important to demonstrate what you can learn.

Show you’re an inquisitive and intelligent person by asking questions about the company and the individual. Talk about your continuous efforts to educate yourself and develop, this might include recent educational books you’ve read and online courses you have taken.

‘Do you take initiative?’

Demonstrate you’ve taken initiative in your interview by talking about the research you’ve done prior. Be clear on what the company does, its history, its strengths and its weaknesses. If you know people who work at the company or have previously worked for the company, ask for inside information.

People are often afraid of preparing for interviews as they don’t want to sound rehearsed but there will always be questions you haven’t prepared for that your can improvise on answering.  Its always better to prepare than ‘wing it’.

The best way to stand out in an interview is to answer these questions as well as carefully thinking about what prospective employers really want to know about you before they hire you.