Sunday, April 12, 2020
5 Ways Youre Scaring The Hiring Manager At An Interview - Work It Daily
5 Ways Youâre Scaring The Hiring Manager At An Interview - Work It Daily None of us needs to be reminded that a job interview isnât the place to let your Halloween creativity emerge. Regardless of the time of year, there may be some hidden ways that youâre spooking the hiring manager during an interview. RELATED: 10 Little Things That Make A Big Difference To Hiring Managers You donât have a filter I often hear horrifying stories from people about the toxicity of their work places. I want to scream, âGet out! Get out now!â I work with them on processing the pain and trauma of where theyâve been, and thatâs valid and important work. It just doesnât fit in a job interview. No matter how much bait the hiring manager throws you, dodge every invitation to go negative. Itâs like trashing your ex on a first date. People canât help but wonder what youâll say about them in a few monthsâ time. Youâre too desperate Searching for a job can feel vulnerable. You may think, âIâll take anything!â and mean it with utter sincerity. Hey, itâs a completely reasonable approach when your bills are piling up and the bites youâre getting on your resume are far and few between. To address that rising panic, look to revamping your resume and getting in front of job postings through networking so that youâre a clear pick when positions open up. If youâre generating multiple possibilities for yourself, each one doesnât seem quite so critical. Youâll be blasÃ© and relaxed going into an interview when you know youâve got several other options in the pipeline. If you are walking into an interview and itâs the first one youâve had in a while (and the only one on the horizon), dial down the pressure with some reassuring words to yourself and a power pose a la Amy Cuddy (see her TED talk for details). Some great phrases that you might use in your own pep talk include: I scored this opportunity, and I can do it again with other companies. This isnât my only option. I fit into many positions and companies. Iâm here to assess and communicate fit, not my own value or worthiness. Youâre focused on whatâs in it for you Of course, you want to know about the salary and benefits. Absolutely let those concerns be your top priority. Just donât bring these questions up. Salary negotiation 101 says, âThe person to name a number first loses.â Donât be that person even if youâre itching to know it. Donât ask about time off, working from home, flex scheduling. Your first order of business is to communicate how you can deliver. Youâll have the chance to hash out the details and the fine print later. It can be all about you, but not yet. That part comes when you get the offer. So, be patient and hold off on those questions and concerns. You take questions too literally When youâre asked about working with multi-generational teams, thereâs a subtext to that question. Itâs not just about whether you play nice with everyone. Itâs about whether youâll make a power grab, undermine someone younger (or older) than you, ridicule someone who isnât syncing with your tech skills. Thereâs a great deal of unspoken concern in every question that comes your way. When youâre asked a question, consider, âWhatâs the undercurrent here and how can I address it with the same subtlety that it was asked?â Your balance is off Think about how much youâre talking vs. how much the hiring manager or interview team is talking. You should be saying more, but not by much. Look for a 60/40 or 70/30 split with you on the higher side. Hereâs where many people go astray: They answer monosyllabically with a simple âyesâ or ânoâ and no elaboration. âOf courseâ is not a complete answer. Give examples, offer anecdotes. Use the formulas that youâve learned about interviewing (my personal favorite is CARB: C=Circumstance; A=Action you took; R=Result; B=Benefit to prospective employer). Itâll ground you in staying focused and adding enough detail (but not too much). When people get nervous, they often ramble and forget to check whether they still have the attention of their audience. Their points are lost. They spout answers, but they donât collect any details about the job and the environment theyâre moving toward. It often helps to end a response with a question for the hiring manager, âHave you had similar situations here?â âDoes that example sound familiar to you?â âDoes that approach differ from yours?â Donât add to the spooky Halloween vibe when you head into your interview. These five struggles may derail others, but they donât need to stop you. With strategy and luck, youâll be at that job site next year when itâs time for trick-or-treating. This post was originally published at an earlier date. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Have you joined our career growth club?Join Us Today!