When you go in for an interview, the hiring manager asking you questions is looking for a number of different things. They want to see you have the skills to do the job well. But, the interviewer also wants to know that you’ll be a good fit for the company culture and that you are someone your peers would actually want to work with on a long-term basis.
To ensure you maximize your chances of getting hired, it’s helpful to make a personal connection with the interviewer so they’ll feel you can not only do the job, but also that you’re a likable person. Fortunately, there are a number of techniques you can try to increase the chances you and the hiring manager will connect. Some steps you can take include the following:
- Be friendly and personable: People like to be around others who are cheerful, who have good manners, and who have something to say. Show that you know how to carry on a conversation and that you can greet people warmly in order to make a good first impression.
- Show interest in the job: Obviously, the primary reason you’re interviewing is to land a job – so show you are excited about the opportunity and passionate about the work. Your interviewer will appreciate your enthusiasm and share your excitement.
- Make it personal: You want to avoid sharing too many details about your hobbies or family and focus on being professional – but it’s OK to provide a little insight into your personality and who you are so the interviewer can get a sense of what kind of person you’d be as an employee.
- Remember the importance of eye contact: Looking someone in the eye is a powerful way to make a personal connection. Avoid looking down and make sure to make appropriate eye contact when you greet the interviewer and when you’re speaking during the interview.
IES Custom Staffing can help you to land interviews with great companies where you can make positive connections with the hiring manager. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you find work, contact us today.