TOP 7 Qualities Needed For Interviews!
In this short but powerful job interview training tutorial, we will tell you the TOP 7 QUALITIES employers and hiring managers look for in interviews. If you demonstrate all 7 qualities in your interview, your chances of getting hired will literally SKYROCKET!
Therefore, if you have an interview coming up soon for any role or company, keep reading because we promise to help you be successful.
So, to help you pass your job interview, we will cover the following two things during this tutorial:
- We will tell you the TOP 7 qualities all employers look for during job interviews.
- We will then give you a sentence to use when responding to the interview questions that demonstrate those 7 qualities.
INTERVIEW TIP #1 – UNDERSTAND THE 4 Cs of Job Interviews!
The first C the hiring manager is looking for is CAPABILITY
Capability is your ability to perform the tasks listed on the job specification. The hiring manager will assess your capability by asking you questions such as tell me about a time you worked in a team, tell me about a time you worked under pressure, and, tell me about a time you had to overcome a difficult problem.
The second C the hiring manager is looking for is CONFIDENCE
This is confidence in your own ability. You can demonstrate confidence at your interview by:
- Offering a firm handshake at the start of the interview.
- Looking the interviewer in the eyes when speaking to them.
- Using positive words and phrases throughout the interview.
- SELLING YOURSELF, especially when answering the question, why should we hire you?
The third C the hiring manager is looking for is CONCERN FOR OTHERS AND THE ORGANIZATION
You can demonstrate CONCERN at your interview by asking SMART questions at the end of your interview such as, what can I do to help the organization overcome its biggest challenge, and what would my success in the role look like in twelve months from you.
And the fourth C is COMMUNICATION
This is your ability to communicate confidently and professionally when answering the interview questions.That is why we strongly recommend practicing your answers to the 10 most common interview questions before you attend the interview. The 10 most common interview questions are as follows:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What do you know about our company?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What are your strengths?
- What’s your biggest weakness?
- Why do you want to leave your job?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Describe yourself in three words!
- How would you deal with conflict with a co-worker?
- Why should we hire you?
INTERVIEW TIP #2 – RESEARCH
If you want to pass your job interview, you MUST research their organization! You can research a company in under 5 minutes and by following these 3 easy steps:
STEP 1 – Visit their website ABOUT US page and find out their history, mission, and company values.
STEP 2 – Look at their products and services online, read their positive reviews, and have an understanding of what they actually do, and sell.
STEP 3 – Follow them on social media and take note of their latest news stories!
By researching their organization, it empowers you to answer the difficult interview questions, why do you want to work for us, and, what you know about our company?
INTERVIEW TIP #3 – DRESS TO IMPRESS
We know several hiring managers who will turn down a candidate for a job if they don’t wear a suit or a formal outfit. Even if the candidate answers the interview questions confidently, and they have the experience needed for the job, they won’t hire them because they think they don’t have high standards.
You can show a hiring manager you have high standards, care, and really want the job by making an effort in your appearance and DRESSING TO IMPRESS!
INTERVIEW TIP #4 – ‘LISTEN’ THROUGHOUT THE INTERVIEW
Again, one of the biggest frustrations for interviewers and hiring managers is candidates who do not listen during the interview. Right from the very start of your job interview, show the hiring manager you are listening by using positive facial expressions, and nodding to confirm you understand what they are saying.
INTERVIEW TIP #5 – USE ‘5 POWERFUL WORDS AND PHRASES’ IN YOUR JOB INTERVIEW!
There are 5 tried-and-tested words and phrases you can use in your interview that will make the hiring manager sit up and listen. These 5 words and phrases will help you stand out from the competition. Let’s take a look at them:
#1 is ‘ADD VALUE’
During your interview, tell the hiring manager it will be your plan to ADD VALUE to their team in the position.
#2 is DYNAMIC
When describing yourself at the start of your interview, tell the hiring manager you are a DYNAMIC employee who prioritizes tasks based on the organizations goals, and gets their work done in the fastest time possible.
#3 is ‘COMMERCIALLY-AWARE’
When answering the interview question what are your greatest strengths, say one of them is your COMMERCIAL-AWARENESS. This means you understand how a business operates, and that you must do a great job, improve customer service standards, and seek ways to help them grow in your work.
#4 is FRUGAL
Again, when answering the interview question what are your greatest strengths, say one of them is the fact you are FRUGAL. If you are frugal, it means you take care of supplies and resources to help your employer save money.
#5 is ‘POSITIVE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT’
When they ask you the interview question, WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU, tell them it will be your aim in the job to ensure they see a positive return on their investment. To make sure this happens, you will carry out tasks that are outside of your job description when needed, be flexible, embrace change positively, and support your co-workers.
INTERVIEW TIP #6 – TAKE A PLAN WITH YOU TO YOUR INTERVIEW
What do we mean by this? Well, if you take a plan of action with you that outlines what you will do in the first 30, 60, and 90 days of starting work in the role, it shows the hiring manager you are organized, prepared, and it further confirms they will see a positive return on their investment.
INTERVIEW TIP #7 – SEND A ‘THANK YOU NOTE’ ONCE YOU GET HOME FROM THE INTERVIEW!
As soon as you get back from the interview, send a thank you email to the hiring manager. This shows you have good manners, and keeps you at the forefront of their mind when deciding who to hire. Let me give you the exact email to send.
Thank you for interviewing me for the position with your company today.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process and learning more about your company and the team I would be a part of in the role.
If you need any further information from me to help you make a decision, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Once again, thank you for today, and I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
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