How Interviewers Really Decide Who To Hire
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How Interviewers Really Decide Who To Hire

Posted by | November 19, 2013 |

During the interview the interviewer is trying to make their best assessment of the candidates suitability for role.  The key points the interviewer is looking for are skills,they want to know if the candidate has the skills and the experience at executing these skills and  they want to know about the other skills that the candidate has, especially soft skills and how they will into their culture and their team.

Importantly, at the time if interview the interviewer wants to see the skills and experience and not be distracted by poor presentation skills. It is important to be prepared for the interview and have your presentation ready, have a clear thought process of how you will present your skill knowledge and experience in light of the opportunity in front of you.

Once the interviewer has a feeling of the candidates skill set and past experiences  interviewers will often ask for some examples how these skills have been executed in the past.  Questions like, “could you please give me an example of when you developed a key account plan”, or could you provide an example of a university out reach program” or other questions that might offer you an opportunity to show your leadership and team work skills such as, “can you share an example of when you had to show leadership within your past role or could you offer an example of your involvement in team work in the past”.

Interviewers who assess a candidate that is not the “exact fit” skill and experience wise for a role want to understand if the candidate has the ability to take that next step and move into the new role and if they have the willingness to learn and apply new skills at the coal face.

So understanding some of the above it is important that candidates are prepared and have spent sufficient time preparing, some high level helpers are:

  Be prepared to articulate your skills and experience clearly, be clear and allow the interviewer to see your skills without distractions;


   If your skills are not quite at the mark or if you are short on experience the interviewer will want to feel how you can cope at learning new skills, so think carefully if you are able to learn new skills on the job and if you are confident be prepared to share some examples of how you have delivered in this area previously;


   Think through some examples of when you have executed those skills, be prepared to be asked for some direct examples and think these through;


   Remember “can do”, people want to employ “can do” people and if you are “can do ” person let this show when you are asked a question that stretches you and take on any challenging question with a positive outlook!