When employers are conducting interviews, they are assessing more than just your experience and knowledge in the field you’re interviewing for – they are interviewing you as a person. The way you present yourself in an interview can make or break your chance of getting hired. Employers want to know you are going to fit in with the company, so you and your coworkers are all comfortable at work. Beyond the resume, these are a few qualities employers look at when they are interviewing you.
Do you fit with their culture?
How you interact with the employer is a tall-tell sign of whether or not you are going to fit with the company culture. Some companies have a laid-back, open-minded culture where employees can wear what they want and are comfortable enough to speak their minds with each other. Other companies are very corporate and professional and careful when it comes to attire and the way they address coworkers.
Our advice is to assess the culture yourself to see if it’s somewhere you would feel most comfortable working because they are asking the same about you. Your openness, your presentability, and your relatability are what will show employers if you would fit in with the company culture.
Now there is always a fine line between confidence and over-confidence. Employers will only know if you’re right for the position if you believe it. Your resume is just words, your confidence in your past work is what will show that you know what you’re doing and what you’re there for.
Overconfidence, however, can negatively impact your chances of getting hired. This directly relates back to culture – however, most companies are the same when it comes to this principle. Everyone wants to work with humble coworkers. Everyone wants to be heard and respected in the workplace and overconfidence can shadow and step on the toes of those around you. It’s okay to believe you are the best at what you do, but also respect the experience and knowledge of those you’ve learned from and those who are giving you an opportunity to work with them.
A strategy for gaining some confidence is doing your research about the company you are interviewing for. Many applicants don’t take the time to look up the company they are interviewing with and it shows in an interview. If you come in with mental notes about the company and what they do, you will have a leg up in the competition, so find confidence within that.
Outside of work, employers like to know what you’re passionate about other things – work-life balance is important. Your hobbies can be basic or unique, but the way you speak about your passion for them can really show how you put attention into things in your life inside and out of work.
Sometimes you can find common ground with those who are interviewing you – which also can help your chances. We aren’t saying make up a hobby to make yourself relatable. But share the hobbies that make you who you are, and you paint a clearer picture of yourself.
This can also highlight more skills you have that can be applied to your job – things like discipline, organization, teamwork, creativity, etc.
Now although it’s important to be relatable to a company’s culture. In the end, when you stick out among a pool of other applicants, you have a higher chance of staying in an employer’s mind. What makes you, you? Is it your personability, your wide range of interests and skills? Tap into your brain and find what makes you original. Originality shows that you can bring a new perspective to a company that they didn’t already have. Checking off all the boxes on a checklist is one thing, but what things can you add to the checklist that employers hadn’t thought of?
In the end, an interview is really a company’s way of seeing past the resume. They are interviewing you as an entirety. So, we say, ensure that your first impression is a good one. Put your best face forward and show employers what they would be missing out on if they didn’t hire you.