It’s easy to go over what you need to do as an interviewer. You need to answer questions a certain way. You need to present yourself a certain way. You need to not be an idiot. Pretty simple stuff. Yet part of preparing for a job interview has to do with understanding the hiring manager, especially how the hiring manager prepares for the job interview. Below is some helpful information on how interviewers prepare for your job interview so that you know what to expect.
How Interviewers Prepare
1. Research the Candidate
The more time the interviewer has to spend asking you questions about your work history that were already answered in your resume and cover letter, the less time they have to spend asking you interesting questions. They will thoroughly examine your resume and may even Google search you and your previous companies, so be sure and check your own Internet presence and make sure you are putting your best face forward.
2. Plan Selected Questions
Most employers will have a list of selected questions to ask. Note that many interviewers do like to “free flow” their questions, allowing them opportunity to follow up based on the way you have answered previous questions, but most will have a list of questions already prepared. Some will be stock questions, others will be unusual wild card questions, and still others will be questions about your resume.
3. Schedule Their Day
Interviewers will also clear their schedule so that the interviewer is not interrupted. Because they take time out of their day to ensure the interview goes along smoothly, they are going to be strongly discouraged if your own cell phone rings or you need to be somewhere, so be sure and provide them with the same courtesy.
How the Interviewer Views the Interview
Additionally, it is good to see how interviewers view each interview. Here’s a good article on how interviewers conduct interviews. There you will find tips for interviewers, including the “don’t judge them within 3 minutes” rule that some interviewers still subject candidates to.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Prepare your Internet presence.
- Clear your schedule.
- Be ready for many common and behavioral interview questions.