That’s how it worked for you. They invited you for an interview. Today, it is common for your future boss, sometimes another team member, to sit with you in addition to the HR specialist. Everyone will be interested in something a little different. Don’t be surprised. And most importantly, keep in mind that an interview is a dialogue. Not only does the candidate’s business choices, but the candidate also has a business.
Who to impress more at the interview? To a future boss or an HR specialist? Try to make a good impression on both. Some people may find HR managers’ questions to be standard and unnecessary, but they also have meaning. And how you respond to them is heard by your potential supervisor. So never be contemptuous of them and focus your attention only on the boss with the unspoken conspiracy “we both know what this is about, this one is out here.”
After all, you are largely indebted to the HR specialist, who usually pre-selects from the CVs you send and consults with the manager. The process, in which more people are involved in recruitment, aims to really select the best candidates who fit into the company well and will not risk leaving the position again after a few weeks due to various disagreements. Which is a waste of time and energy on both sides.
What kind of person are you?
The personnel usually conducts the interview. He tries to guess the candidate from a personal point of view. They are interested in points from the applicant’s CV and questions are asked that can be prepared, such as what attracted you to the advertised position or what you expect from this job.
But be prepared for questions about your specific work experience. You may be asked to indicate what worried you most about your past work and why you didn’t sleep. Or to describe a situation where there was a problem working with other colleagues in the team. The HR manager thus monitors how you proceeded in which case and what the result was. It also detects your ability to self-reflect. The answers to these questions, which force you to really talk about yourself, are of course also of interest to the future boss. If, for example, they find out that as soon as the slightest problem occurred in the team, you didn’t expect anything and you ran to the personnel or straight to the top management, you probably won’t get up with it in the price.
Both the HR and the manager also try to estimate whether you will fit into the team humanly. If you look alive, you can tell an interesting story about yourself and none of you have to like every word, they will calmly release you among the extroverts, who are discussing the topics at work. On the contrary, someone with a mild, introverted nature will fit into another, quieter department.
And what kind of expert are you?
Once the boss starts asking, the questions will focus more on your expertise. He will probably be interested in tools, usually, various computer programs that you control, or other competencies and the results achieved. For example, a candidate for a position in the marketing department may be asked to describe the largest campaign he was working on, what his role was, and what results in he was able to achieve. At this stage, sell your benefit to an expert to join the new business. Do not diminish your own merits, but do not try to give the impression that you dragged everything yourself and the others just drove.
The boss will probably also be interested in projects in which you participated and which did not succeed. He will want to know the causes of this failure if you have analyzed the situation for yourself and been able to learn from the mistakes.
What do you want to ask us?
You’ll also be prompted to do so. It is not entirely sensible to start straight about salary or benefits. But speaking of which, HR professionals are used to having fun on the subject and can use one little trick on you: they turn the question back to the candidate and ask, for example, which employee benefits are most important to him and why. Try to think about it in advance. Is it possible to draw sick days? Use a company car?
Remember that asking questions reveals your motivation. Is it important for you to have more freedom at work or would you prefer a stronger hand and supervision? Try to find out what your future boss prefers. Also, ask him questions about the scope of work – what projects should I participate in after starting? How many people will I work with? What will my working day look like?
Do not require in-depth analysis. It’s more about getting a picture of the company’s flexibility and adaptability. These are good qualities not only for candidates.