Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be on the other side of the desk? It seems like the employer is completely at ease as they sit there watching everyone else sweat. You might be surprised to learn that the interviewer is also under a lot of pressure. If they don’t make the right hiring decision, it could have negative implications on their job. Here are some other little tidbits that you might not be aware of:
They want you to be the perfect fit. During a job interview, it is not uncommon to feel like the interviewer is trying to trip you up. However, the reality is that the interviewer needs to ensure that you actually possess the skills and experience that you’ve listed on your resume. The employer would like nothing more than to declare that you are the best fit for the job so that they can conclude the hiring process. However, you need to prove yourself first.
Other people may be weighing in on who to hire. In many companies, there are a variety of people involved in hiring decisions. You may be interviewed by a representative from each department, a selection of staff members, or even the president of the company. Even if you do an amazing interview and completely win over the hiring manager, there is no guarantee that you will be offered the job. Do your best to make a positive impression on the interviewer, but keep in mind that it might be out of their hands.
They are expecting you to be a little nervous. Do you get nervous when you’re going for a job interview? So does everyone else. You don’t want to be so nervous that it inhibits your ability to answer the questions, but by showing a little nervousness, you demonstrate that you care about getting the job.
It’s not a bad sign if the interviewer is a little tough on you. When the interviewer asks you a lot of pointed questions, it is natural to come to the conclusion that they aren’t impressed with you. However, that assumption may be completely inaccurate. If they are investing a lot of time in asking you questions and getting you to expand on your answers, they may be seriously considering offering you a job.
The next time you attend a job interview, instead of focusing on yourself, take a step back and consider employer’s perspective. When you make yourself more aware of the employer’s needs, you are better able to position yourself as the best person to meet them.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)