ob Interview Advice Hiring Managers Wish They Could Tell You
When I worked in recruiting in the software development industry, job seekers would say things in job interviews that would immediately rule them out for consideration. I was very tempted to give them extensive feedback about how to do better the next time, but my company’s legal department forbade me from doing so. All that I was allowed to say was, “We hired a candidate whose qualifications were a better fit with the position.”
Not much has changed in the last twenty years. Hiring managers are still usually prohibited from giving honest job interview advice because HR and legal departments are concerned about legal liability. So here is the job interview advice that recruiters and hiring managers wish job seekers knew:
Prepare For Job Interviews
These days, job interviews are like gold, so you should treat them seriously. This means you have to prepare for all interviews. Preparation means researching the company, the position, and how your accomplishments and characteristics are a good fit for both. If a recruiter calls you and says that he or she “just wants to chat,” recognize that this “chatting” is really a screening interview. If you don’t feel prepared, schedule a different time to talk. You never get a second chance to make a good impression, so do your best to do well the first time.
All Contact Counts
All contact with the organization counts as a job interview. This includes all conversations with human resource employees or administrative professionals who are helping to schedule your appointment, it includes the time you are sitting in a waiting room making small talk with a receptionist, and it includes any social “getting to know you” events with current employees of the organization. In one situation I heard about recently, it also included the taxi driver who was hired by a company to pick up a candidate from the airport. The candidates didn’t realize that the taxi driver...