Interviews are a nerve-racking time for some people because they feel like they are stuck in the hot seat. It’s a common emotion among interviewees, but you have to remember, you won’t be the first or last person an employer will interview, nor the first or last to succeed or fail in getting the job. The best thing you can do for yourself is practice as much as possible. Even if you don’t get the job, it’s still good to get that interview experience. The more interviews you go on, the better you get. We compiled a list of top ten qualities employers look for in interviews. If you practice these ahead of time, you’ll find yourself much more prepared.
Nothing is worse than being asked a question based off your resume and taking a minute to think of a response. Make sure you look over your resume prior to the interview because you will most likely be asked a question based on it.
2. Conduct research on the company prior to the interview
A common question interviewers like to ask is “What do you know about our company?” or “Have you done any research on us?”. It’s best to look up the company prior to the interview to be prepared for questions like this. It also helps you learn if you match what the company is all about.
3. Know the job
You need to make sure you know what you are interviewing for. Looking at an application and checking the list of things you’ll be required to do will help you better understand what to expect. It doesn’t look good if you walk into an interview and become confused on what you applied for.
4. Body Language
It’s good to feel relaxed during an interview, but that doesn’t mean slouching your back or looking down at your nails. Keeping your back straight and keeping yourself from fidgeting gives off a more professional and confident look. It’s also good to make eye contact with the interviewer because it shows that you’re listening.
5. Strong work ethic
Employers strive for people who have a strong work ethic for a job. They like to see employees show passion and take the extra mile to get the job done. Having a lack of interest in the job you are applying for gives off the impression that you’re only willing to do the bare minimum, which will less likely get you hired.
6. Skills you bring to the table
Do you fill the requirements for this job? What skills do you bring to the table? Employers like to know what you can do to better the company as well as get the job done. Briefly discussing your experience and skills will help you express why you are the best fit for the position.
7. Be yourself
Showing that you have a good personality is highly desirable among employers. It helps your employer determine if you are a good match for the company. Knowing if you are likable and can work well around others is integral to working for a company. A version of the question “Tell me about yourself” may arise at some point, so come prepared with an honest answer.
8. Be goal-oriented
You will most likely be asked a question about your goals. Common questions an employer will ask is “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or “What are your short-term and long-term goals?”. Employers ask goal-oriented questions for two reasons:
1. To see if you set and achieve goals at work.
2. To learn what your primary motivators at work are.
9. Ask questions
Now is not the time to be shy. Towards the end of the interview, ask any questions you have about the company you are applying for. Questions such as “What do you expect out of your employees filling this role?” are good to ask because it shows the employer you are interested in the job.
10. Thank you letter
Whether your interview was over the phone, video chat, or in person, you should always send a thank you letter to your interviewer. It shows good manners and appreciation for the time the interviewer took out of their day to meet you. You can either email, send a formal letter, or call to show your appreciation. Make sure you wait at least 24 hours before doing so. You can view examples of thank you letters here.