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What Do Interviewers Really Want to Hear?


Like exams, no matter how much you prepare for an interview, there’ll always be something that catches you off guard, something that you didn’t anticipate. You're never going to be 100% certain what to expect. However, you can prepare yourself for the eventuality. That unexpected question could throw you completely, or you can move through it with ease. It all depends on the approach you take.

As recruiters we talk to job seekers all day about what approach to take in an interview. Candidates preparing for interviews want to know as much as they can, like what sort of questions they should expect, how they should mentally prepare, what the interviewers are like personally, as well as simple things like “how should I dress for the interview?”

If you’re not working with a recruiter who can coach you for an interview, here are some tips and pointers you can use to coach yourself. Prepare yourself from the perspective of what the hiring manager will want to hear and see in the interview.

Even if you don’t have the opportunity to showcase or talk about everything you know, that’s okay, it’ll shine through in your confidence. We all know that knowledge is power, so if you really want to ace an interview, make sure you are knowledgeable. Add sincerity and honesty and you’ve done the best you can and taken the right approach.

People hire people, they don’t hire robots with skills (they can buy those). If you need help to prepare for an interview, or if you’re having trouble getting one in the first place, contact us here at Beyond Recruitment.