From a candidate’s point of view, getting ready to get a job is a hard and sometimes complicated process that begins with reading a job announcement or searching available positions, writing a CV, getting recommendations and endorsements, preparing for the interview and so on. It is a hard process because what was considered a successful recipe was and will never be a recipe to begin with and even doing things by the book is still like playing the lottery sometimes, as you just don’t win. You may have had the perfectly designed resume, you may have sent the most convincing cover letter and you may have left the interview feeling like a winner, as you did all that HR specialists and recruiters are telling you what to do (and especially what not to do) for years and still not get the job. Was the winning candidate more convincing? Had more experience? Were extra – skills secretly evaluated? Sometimes, you may never find out, as usually recruiters and employers don’t send you a long explanatory e-mail with the reasons why they didn’t hire you. So why aren’t you winning?
How to prepare for an interview as an employer
Let’s begin by placing ourselves on the other side of the table, so to speak, and look at us through the employer’s eyes, or the company’s HR manager that interviews us. Let’s look at us waving the proverbial red flags all employers know about, or should know about.
In a very popular article called 6 Interview Red Flags For Employers on Recruiter.com, the authors list six warning signs that all recruiters and employers should interpret as alarm signals when they interview a candidate. Let’s take a look at them from the candidate’s point of view and see how we can turn the red flags into green lights for hiring.
Not being prepared
By being prepared, specialists and HR experts don’t only refer to your ability to present yourself, your past experience, you talents and your goals in a convincing matter. You may have a brilliant speech and impressive results to show, but the red flags they are looking for are the following:
You don’t prove you know many things about the company, its services, its past history, its goals and results. This means in their minds that you just want a job and actually don’t care who you work for and what is your job potential. Do your homework thoroughly.
You don’t come ready to take off: you should have pen and paper (or a tech device) to write down information they present, you didn’t bring extra hard copies of your CV, you forgot your notebook and so on. This is a sign that your attention to details is quite poor and the first impression still counts.
You don’t ask them pertinent questions related to the company, the job, the development potential of the company, the strategies and so on. If you only ask about salary, benefits and days off, you are in trouble, as there is no bigger red flag than this. You don’t care about anything but yourself and your compensation. Employers resent that.
Other red flags you know you should avoid
They will tell you and tell you until you get sick of it: don’t be late for the interview and never talk bad about your former manager, the former company or your ex colleagues. Moreover, expect to be tested on your social skills, social behaviors and attitudes and even prejudice. Some managers offer interviewees the chance of a free tour around the company to meet the junior and senior staff, or casually inform you that Bill from the accounting department is gay. If you act condescending, the way you treat the others, the way you express your beliefs, these can all make part of the interview and all can be red flags. Do your research and do your homework and read the rest of the article, as it points even more interesting topics on how to prepare for an interview as an employer instead of a candidate.