Job interviewers are looking for something. But what? And how do you answer those intentionally tricky questions? Here are ways to navigate the minefield of the interview room.
Interviewers want job applicants to be likable, to stand out, to ask questions. That’s part of what business writer Jeff Haden says in this LinkedIn post titled “What Interviewers Wish They Could Tell Every Job Candidate.” At the end of an interview, according to Haden, employers should like it when you “do what great salespeople do and ask for the job.” Then, follow up. Employers appreciate a note of thanks. But, he continues, “what I really like – and remember – is when you follow up based on something we discussed. . . . The more closely you listened during the interview, the easier it is to think of ways to follow up in a natural and unforced way.”
“We’ll get back to you” is just one of the things interviewers tell job candidates that can turn out to be lies, according to this post by Alison Green at USNews.com. Green’s list of doozies includes “We’ll keep your resumé on file,” “We were really impressed with you,” and “We offer excellent benefits.” Regarding resumés kept on file, Green says employers are required by law to keep them, at least for a while, before disposal. “In reality, it usually just means that their application materials will be filed away, not that they’ll be looked at again in the future,” Green writes.