15 Things I Look for When I Interview People

I get lots of questions from readers asking for all kinds of job interview tips, and so thought it might be helpful to provide a handy-dandy guide to what I actually look for when I sit down and interview candidates for a job. Obviously each interviewer and industry is different, but I think these tips offer general interview advice that should work for most people.

So with that in mind, this is what I would be looking for if you walked into my office for an interview:

  • Be yourself! I can’t say this often enough. I just read a popular work advice blog (to remain nameless) and I saw one of the first bits of advice for job interviews was to prepare a slick presentation of yourself and wow them with it. Ouch! While this might perhaps be useful if you are interviewing for a high-powered sales job or maybe an industry like entertainment or advertising (although even there they want to see who they’re really hiring), for most of you doing that will simply trigger a red flag, leaving the interviewer wondering if you’re all bluster and no substance. Now I’m not saying to be all shy and gawky either (see next section), but real and conversational trumps one-dimensional & slick any time. (Since most places do ask a version of tell me about yourself, it helps to think about your answer ahead of time. But when the time comes just tell it as naturally and 3-dimensional as possible.)
  • Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. Don’t spend time worrying if I think you’re right for the job and what I (the interviewer) am thinking at any given moment. Just know who you are and help me see that. Know that you are a good worker who is reliable and will go the extra mile when called on – or whatever your own strengths are. Everybody has their own unique strengths. I want to know what they are. So make sure you prepare yourself ahead of time to be able to talk about who you are and/or what you have to offer so that YOU believe it as much as you want them to. It shows.
  • Look me in the eyes. Not saying stare at me…but when you answer my interview questions, I want to see you connect with me. I’d like to see when your eyes show real enthusiasm about something you’ve accomplished or sincerity about wanting to do a good job for me. Now of course I make room for nervousness, but if I see eyes skittering all about unable to focus on me, how can I be sure you’re being real with me?
  • Tell me a good story. When I ask you about things you’ve done that you are proud of or obstacles you’ve overcome, I want you to have some stories to tell me. Did you ever take on a tough situation and turn it around? Did you ever come up with a new process that saved the company money? Did you ever encounter something you knew nothing about and make a point of becoming an expert? Like I said…tell me a good story. And make it real!
  • Sit up straight. Slouching comes off as lazy or uninterested. You want to use your body language to show me you’re someone who is fully engaged and can handle any situation – even one that makes them nervous. Job interviews are tough for most people, but you’ll think clearer and come off as a more attractive candidate just by having good posture and looking alive and alert.
  • Relax. I purposely listed this after my posture suggestion since some people go to extremes and sit like there’s a stick up their backside. When I interview people, I’m looking for someone who I want to work with on a daily basis. Too rigid would be a drag. Of course you don;t want to look like you’re ready for a nap either. Practice in front of a mirror to see how it feels when you sit up straight while also letting yourself relax a little.
  • Practice practice practice. Spend time before the job interview doing mock interviews with friends or family. You can also record yourself to hear your voice (good for phone interviews too) and if your voice sounds kind of weak, practice speaking with strength and commitment. Talk about something you really care about to see how you sound when you are relaxed and fully engaged. If you have access to video equipment, even better.
  • Know about the job and the company. So much is out there on the internet now, take time to do research beforehand – it will pay off. One sharp Work Coach Cafe reader wrote us that he learned about a recent merger the company was going through and used this information to his advantage. One warning from my own interview files: don’t get too personal! I went for an interview once and, in doing my research, learned the man taught at the same university I was consulting for. I thought it would break the ice to mention it, but he was NOT amused.
  • Make sure you know your own resume! Nothing casts more doubt on your veracity than having to glance through your resume to answer questions. And worse than that is actually giving different information than the resume contains. So study it carefully well before you go in. And always remember to bring a clean extra copy with you.
  • Show me you understand the job you’re interviewing for and have the skills. This sounds so basic, but I’ve had many people not even familiar with the terms in the job description. If there is anything you don’t know, look it up! And if there’s a skill you don’t have, research it a little so you can show how quickly you could pick it up.
  • Listen! More than anything I’ve mentioned so far, listening is a skill that can make or break you. Really listen to the questions and whatever the interviewer is saying to you. Don’t be thinking ahead or about other things while the interviewer is talking. It really does show. Just be in the moment.
  • Answer my questions. If I ask a question that you aren’t comfortable answering, it’s ok to answer briefly and maybe shift to a short story or related thought that leaves a good impression. But make sure you don’t just jump to something else trying to divert me from what I actually asked. It not only makes you look like you’re hiding something, but it leaves the impression that you might be slippery to work with. And don’t go on for too long with any one answer. No one wants to work with a wind bag!
  • Come prepared with a few really good questions of your own to ask the interviewer. This is interviewing 101, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t have questions – or ask really lame ones like “”what’s the salary?” – especially when the salary was listed in the ad. (Not that it can’t be negotiated later on in the process.) It’s best to save questions like salary talk for the last interview (unless you only get one of course.) A great question shows you’re thinking about the work process or some of the interactions with other areas or what your typical day might be or something about the business/industry or anything that shows you are really thinking about more than just surface details. Try to come up with a question an average person wouldn’t ask. Best of all, I love it when someone asks a question that shows they were listening to me. Helps me see this is a person who can think on his or her feet.
  • Don’t forget to smile. I don’t mean to send you out looking like dazed idiots who just sit there smiling. But you are selling yourself and want the interviewer to know you’d be a pleasant person to work with. Many times I call people in who all could do the job. I’m looking to see if there’s a good fit and if we’d actually enjoy working with the person. Since you have no way of knowing what the place is really like, all you can be is yourself. It really is your best shot at getting to the next round and beyond.
  • When the job interview is over…stand up, smile, thank them, and shake hands if it feels appropriate. Then try to walk out without shaking too badly or falling. 🙂 You made it!

Hope that helps even a little. Good luck! Oh…and feel free to share your interview stories and questions with us here at the cafe.


More job interview articles I hope will help:

Job Interviews: What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

Job Interviews: What’s Your Greatest Strength?

Job Interview Questions: How To Handle Tell Me About Yourself

How to Answer Why You Left Your Last Job When You Actually Quit

Help! I Get Nervous When I Interview for a Job

18 Practical Tips to Help You Ace that Interview

The Single Most Important Thing in Any Job Interview

15 Things I Look for When I Interview People

10 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

How Do I Ace My Phone Interview?

How Do You Interview If Interviewer Doesn’t Know as Much as You Do?


About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.


  1. These are excellent tips! I especially agree about the knowing about the company ahead of time. It amazes me when an applicant says “nothing” when I ask what they know about the company. Come on: Google, people!

  2. Amen! You took the words right out of my mouth. 🙂

    Thanks, GG!

    Ronnie Ann

  3. great tips! w/r/t posture, I’ve found that wearing a (slim and tasteful) belt around the waist with a nice business or business casual outfit is very helpful in the posture department, as it is uncomfortable to slouch. It looks sleek and fashion forward but still business oriented. It can also make attire look well thought out and help convey your attention to detail.

  4. Thanks aud! Love your suggestion. It’s exactly that kind of small detail that can help leave a positive impression. That and a great interview of course. 🙂

  5. Great Advice – but I must add one more.

    Don’t even go to an interview unless you know what problems you can solve for your prospective employers and are prepared to show how you have solved those same problems in the past. Come armed to the teeth with honest, to the point accounts of how you have tackled difficult challenges in the past and weave them into your answers to show that you can walk as well as talk.

  6. Ah! Nice addition Duff. Good stories that show what you bring to the table are key. And yes…how do you handle problems or challenges are always fave job interview questions. Thanks.

  7. Kelly Lux says:

    This is great advice, especially for new grads seeking their first position.

    I usually tell people who are headed to an interview to bring a small notebook and a pen with them to jot down any questions that come to mind during the interview, as those can be some of the most relevant to ask at the end. Also, it helps to write down a note or two to help you remember the interviewer’s questions, especially if they are multi-part.

    Thank you!

  8. Thanks Kelly!

    Interesting suggestion about pen and notebook. Just want to add a thought or two.

    I think earlier in your career you can probably get away with and maybe even benefit from it – as long as the notes are taken quickly and the vast majority of your time you listen carefully and meet the interviewers eyes. Some people spend their time looking down at the paper as the interviewer speaks and that could work against them. Your main goal after all is to connect!

    But later on in your career, it probably presents a stronger picture to go in without pen and paper. Just a thought. Might also depend on the type of job I guess. Still the impression created by pen and paper (especially for women) might not be a plus since it is not necessarily an image of power.

    As for remembering a multi-part question…it’s ok to answer what you remember and then ask for the rest of the question (with a smile and not kicking yourself). But if it provides security, a small professional-looking pad and pen are probably ok – just try not to use it too often and be totally present in the interview. That’s really what I look for.

    Would love other thoughts on this! Interesting topic. Thanks for bringing it up!

  9. Great article. I am doing a project on reshaping education system in Management schools to meet organisational demands. I would appreciate if you could help me a little on this.
    If you find appropriate please drop in your response at archishagarg26 at gmail.com.


  10. Thanks for the kind words, Archisha! As for your question, I’ll contact you and see what you’re looking for and whether I am able to help. 😉

    ~ Ronnie Ann

  11. I like how you mention to “be yourself.” Wouldn’t “Do not Oversell” be more fitting given the description you provide following that? When I read “be yourself”, I interpreted it in a different way.

  12. Thanks Ian for stopping by. The rest of the paragraph was just a related riff that I hope people find useful (maybe one day when I edit I’ll tweak it a bit), but the lead story is indeed “be yourself” and hopefully that speaks for itself. In fact, tomorrow’s post will be all about how “be yourself” got one of my readers a job.

    ~ Ronnie Ann

  13. EXCELLENT! I can’t wait to read it!


    I’m starting a blogging break today. But couldn’t leave without letting you know how much I appreciate your visits. See you in November!

    And if you’re wondering why the break:

    Blogging Overload: Do You Give Yourself a Break?

    ~ Ronnie Ann

  15. John Sydes says:

    I tried my hardest for an Job I thought would be perfect for me. I was interviewed and fell in all the old traps, not listening, answering to fast, Now I just feel a looser and a failure. How do I pick myself up?

  16. Its some what pretty good,but i think you guys can do much better

  17. Good tips. As you point out, these are definitely the basics in terms of interviewing 101. I would add to the comment around listening and responding – Never interrupt the hiring manager, always wait 5-10 seconds before responding to show you’re thinking about the question, and your response should be focused and not ramble – 2-3 minutes is a good guideline [max] for most responses.

    Best of luck – I’ve seen too many very qualified people blow the interview, and wish I was allowed by HR to coach them afterwards 🙁


    • Thanks Russell for adding to the conversation. So true about not rambling and about taking a few seconds to think before answering (ten may be too much for most interview situations); by thinking later it lets you stay focused and in the moment. Don’t worry about what your showing the interviewer (that removes you one level from the interview.) The main thing is to stay natural – and come prepared so you have appropriate stories at your fingertips.

  18. I just had an interview. Some things went great while others were not so good. The whole interview was a little strange though, one interviewer did most of the talking and asked very little questions. The most senior person seemed cool towards me from the start and never asked me a single question or spoke at all. I was thrown off . Then I had to make a presentation and could kick myself for not practicing properly. Although I practiced everything in my mind, had I rehearsed out loud I would have sounded better. I am so angry with myself and I keep obsessing over it. . I can’t stop going through every detail, I am driving myself crazy. This is torture and I don’t know how to stop obsessing. The thing is, I think I picked up on the bad vibe from the start and if this guy had already made up his mind that he didn’t like me, then it doesn’t matter what I did or didn’t do.

  19. Hi Myriam!

    I know how maddening that can be, but there’s no way to go back and redo it now. So please…stop going over it again and again. It will only make you nuts. Very often people do better than they think…and even a stone-faced interviewer can bring good news.

    Just in case this doesn’t turn into an offer, next time don’t let anyone like that throw you off your game. In fact, get an “oh yeah?!” mindset, channel your most charming & determined self, and show him how right you are for the job. Some people choose to do that to see how you react. Oh…and also maybe follow your own advice and practice. 😉

    Even after all you told us, there is still a chance. I’ve seen it happen before. But of course, also keep looking.

    And in the meantime, a couple articles to help:

    I Got the Post Interview Temporary OCD Blues

    12 Ways to Stay Sane After a Job Interview

    Good luck finding a great job, Myriam!

    • Hi Ronnie Ann,
      Wow, you are amazing. Thanks so much for your support. But guess what, they called me back for a second interview. Apparently Mr. Stoneface would now like to ask me a few questions. Best advice? How can I prepare?

      • Congratulations, Myriam. Just goes to show you can’t always interpret what’s really going on in an interview!

        This blog has lots of articles with interview tips. You might want to spend some time scrolling through them and see if any help: Job Interview Tips

        Most of all at this point…don’t try to read them. Just be yourself and show with your work stories and with your answers how well you match the job and that you are a person they can rely on and would like to have working for them on a daily basis. You already know they see something in you they like.

        So now, just do your best to listen carefully to Mr. Stoneface (it would help now to change his name in your mind 😉 ) rather than trying to think ahead, and answer the best you can knowing inside you that you would be a great addition to their team.

        Good luck! Please let us know how it goes.

      • Hi Ronnie Ann

        Well, I just had my “second interview” with Mr. Stoneface who actually cracked a smile, so I guees I’ll have to call him Ed now. Went well, I think. Followed your advice, was my natural self and ditched the nerves. Asked a lot of pertinent questions and made a couple of suggestions he actually agreed with. He even invited me to his office to review samples of the work that needs to be done, we discussed his top priorities, which I responded with “I can do that” without sounding too cocky. The weird thing is HR has been nearly absent in this process. No weird behavioural interview. He mentioned he still has two candidates to consider, but the next step is the offer and they strangely have not mentioned compensation yet. I did mention it to Ed today and he was surprised that we should get “to this point” without HR mentioning a range in the preliminary interview. He’s looking into it (this is a LARGE company) and I wonder how HR could have messed this step up (they already mixed up the first interview times with me)
        Well I hope wthatever they get back to my is not insulting, because I can totally rock this job and the opportunity looks amazing. We’ll see, stay tuned….(sorry for the rant)

      • No apologies necessary, Myriam. 😉 I love your update! Sounds like you rocked the interview. I know there are still other candidates, but I am so hoping you get this job.

        Good luck!! Please let us know.

  20. Hi Ronnie Ann,
    I have a quick question. I found out that the HR VP used to work for my current employer and has been asking around here about me. My colleague who was approached gave them an over the top reference. I am assuming this is a good sign?

  21. Yes it is, Myriam. An excellent coincidence! Really hope you hear good news soon. Fingers remain crossed.

    • Hi Ronnie Ann,
      Well guess what, they called me back (5 months later), asking if I would like to apply for another position that has become available, which is similar to the original one I applied for. When I asked what happened to that position, they told me it was given to an internal candidate (?) Why interview outside candidates then?
      Well I guess the fact that they remembered me is a good sign, right? Anyway, I am being interviewed by the last interviewers’ (Stone Face) bosses. (?) Wish me luck. Thanks for the great interview preparation advice on WCC.

      • Hi Myriam,

        Yes, the fact that they remembered you and called you back is a very good sign!

        Internal candidates almost always win over external candidates for many reasons that have nothing to do with the qualifications of the internal candidate. Outside candidates are often interviewed just to be sure no one a whole lot better is out there, waiting to be hired, and also to fulfill some other requirements.

        Good luck, Myriam! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you


  22. Hi Ronnie Ann,
    I emailed each person who interviewed me and I have not recieved a single response. So much for Inhuman Resources.
    Moving on. 🙁
    ps. won’t name the company but they did not use their “Easy” button.

  23. Sorry to hear that, Myriam! But please remember that some interviewers are legally not allowed to respond to any candidates. So it may not be over yet. Still, always best to move on with full determination to find something else, and then if you’re surprised…great. 😉

    Best of luck finding a job that is right for you!

  24. i would just like to know how i can tell my boss in a nice way that i want to quit my job???????????????????????

  25. Your question made me smile, Kurtis – although I get the point. And you will need references, so best to leave on good terms.

    It all depends on the person. Grown-up bosses (with ample notice of course) will see your choice as just that and wish you well. Ones with other issues, could take it as a personal attack. All you can do is assume the best and let your boss know you need to speak with him/her privately. Then just say that, although this is difficult for you, you have decided to leave this job. You need to have a few good reasons that talk about why from a point of view that doesn’t blame the company, but instead focuses on what you want.

    But my first question is: Is there anything worth exploring first before you quit? If you sat down with your boss and expressed some of what you really want or need, would that help? Might there be something that could be worked out that maybe you just don;t see yet? Or are you really sure it’s time to go. 😉 Best of luck either way, Kurtis!

  26. I’m so glad I found this site! I’m currently a week and a few days into major post interview OCD and after reading here I feel a bit better. My interview did go really well and I REALLY want the job, but my interviewer pretty much told me they couldn’t hire anyone until October (fiscal year and all), so I’m trying to stay patient. In the meantime I’ve had a mandatory Unemployment Office job finding seminar, where the instructor made me super nervous–he was telling us about how we needed to call every company after submitting a resume and even gave us tips on how to get past the receptionist and call other people in the company that might transfer us! It was a bit bizarre, but he was in sales beforehand so I wonder if that was part of his thinking. So between that talk (BE AGGRESSIVE or they’ll think you don’t really want the job) and my aforementioned OCD, I’ve really been pulling my hair out over whether to contact them or not. But after reading some things here (and remembering that a big question in the interview was whether I am patient), I’ve elected to wait until at least closer to the end of the week. Thank you!

  27. Thanks for your great comment. My latest post is for you, Kim:

    Is Mandated Job Search Advice Hurting You?


    Best of luck!!

  28. I applied at a restaurant about 2 months ago. First by application, then I braught in my resume. Finally I walked in with a follow up letter & was able to hand deliver it to the general manager. He interviewed me on the spot & had been impressed by my resume. He informed me that he had been trying to fill the position for 4 mo’s, but only few of us were qaulified and noone before me had open availability for the open shifts. He had also grown up in my home town & had gone to college with my former district manager whom I am great friends with. This was one of the best interviews I have ever had. The manager spoke to me as if I was hired and had a huge smile when the interview was over. He told me he would call because it was mandatory for me to be interviewed by thier district manager, and then I would be put through training. A week went by & I called him. He told me the D.M. had been out of town & that they had been short handed but he hadn’t forgotten & hopefully that weekend he would be there for my interview, That was over 2 weeks ago & still no phone call. I knew in my heart I had the job but now I am just frustrated. How can I approach him again with out being a pest. This is too good to give up on yet i’m at a dead end here.

    • Hi Jonni!

      Well… A thousand things could have gotten in the way of an interview with the district manager to finish this hire, most of them having nothing to do with you. With the economy still a bit uncertain, many employers are very cautious about hiring until they are 100% positive they can afford the added cost. That could be part of the reason this job has been open for 4 months.

      Before you approach this general manager again, I’d check with your former district manager friend to see if s/he has heard anything from anyone associated with this restaurant. Also, ask your friend if s/he knows the GM, and what s/he thinks of him. Your friend might have some hints on the best way to approach the GM, or other useful information about the person and the restaurant.

      I think I’d wait until Tuesday, if you can manage, and – unless your friend suggests otherwise – I’d drop by the restaurant during a quiet time, and see if you can talk with this GM or even the DM. Don’t be angry or confrontational. Tell him that you just “happened to be in the neighborhood” and thought you would stop by to see how things are going and if he has any questions for you. Maybe it’s an opportunity for you to meet with the new DM.

      Good luck with this job search!

  29. Hi Ronnie Ann,

    I applied for a teaching positon and the interviews went well.
    But I was surprise to hear that the position was fill by an existing employee.
    More surprise when one of the interviewers told me the school decided to hire someone because they did not want to burden the existing teachers.
    Is there something else behind this answer (job for an existing employee)

    I sent an e-mail to know what was wrong. Is is my teaching skills or the interviews I had. Is it OK to do so?



    • Hi Taous,

      Internal transfers are a perferred way for employers to fill jobs – the person hired already knows their way around the organization, so the learning curve is short. And, the person is already well known by at least a few other employees, so their skills, strengths, and weaknesses are known. They are a “known quantity” and often liked by others in the organization.

      In this case, I would do three things:

      1.) Thank them – very sincerly – for letting you know the outcome of the hiring process. So many people these days are left hanging and never find out what happened.

      2.) Don’t ask what was “wrong.” Ask for feedback on how things went and what you could do to possibly improve for “next time.

      3.) Ask if there are any part-time positions available, like substitute teacher or teaching assistant.
      Then, hopefully, next time they have a teaching position open, you will be the “existing employee” who lands the permanent job. And, it will look good on your resume for other employers, showing you are building your experience and are valued by another employer.

      Good luck!

      • Thank you Susan for you insight.


      • I did send a note to the interviewers asking for their feedbacks.
        But they never answered.
        Is this attitude is common?


      • Yes, Taous, not replying is common. Rude, but common. However, the fact that you did reached out to them is a good thing. Thank you notes and asking for feedback are signs that you are a grown-up, and a good candidate.

        Good luck with your job search!


  30. Thank you Susan.
    Your site is very helpful and keep me in a positive mood in my job search.


  31. Rhythmics says:

    Hi Ronnie Ann,
    Very nice detailed article. It is definately helpful as I am on the job hunt right now. Recently, I gave interview at two different companies. One of the companies, interviewed me on the phone twice, and decided to call me in person. I met the manager, director, and a regular employee. At the end, they said everything seems a fit and translates to what they are looking for, however, a culture misfit is a concern. They would not give me more details. At the end, no job offer. Few days, later, another company called me for an interview. I met two managers and a senior level employee. Everything went well, and the next morning I got a call for invitation for second round of interview with Sr. Manager and director. Same day, recruiter reached out to me to conduct a background check and asked for references. My hopes were very high until I met the director and he grilled me down with some challenging questions. I did answer them in the best possible way, but no job offer.
    When I apply, my background matches the job description, and I have gone in-person interview after phone screen, and also been called for second round of interviews. I am not able to figure where I am going wrong. Why would there be a culture misfit? if they did not think I was match, why do they call me for the next round? I have another interview scheduled in couple of days. I am doing all the research to find out where I am going wrong. . Any thoughs from you? Any advise from you will definately be helpful. Thank you,

    • Hi Rhythmics –

      The reality is that there is probably very little you are doing “wrong.” And you are obviously doing many things “right” or you wouldn’t be invited to so many interviews!

      It drives recruiters and job seekers crazy, but hiring managers usually make hiring decisions based on “fit.” And fit is much more than meeting the job’s requirements (which are often just a best guess about what the job will actually be). “Fit” is how the employee will work with the other employees and the formal and informal systems that make a workplace work – the existing organization’s “culture.” And an organization’s culture is made up of many things – from mission to management structure to sense of humor to a million other things.

      If you’ve ever worked in a bank or in high tech – or know people who have worked in those places – you know they are very, VERY different. Working at CitiBank is quite different from working at Apple. A small business’s culture is usually quite different from a large business. Having worked at Harvard University, I know that the culture at Harvard is different from almost anywhere else – and that there are different cultures within Harvard (central admin vs. Harvard Business School vs. Harvard Divinity School vs. Harvard School of Public Health, etc.)

      It’s why some people think Company A is a great place to work while other equally intelligent people think it’s a terrible place to work.

      Hopefully, you’re learning from these interviews about how to respond to questions, getting comfortable with the process (or as comfortable as you can be), and meeting many interesting people. Given how many interviews you are having, you’ll find the right “fit” soon. Keep trying.

      Good luck!

  32. I had an interview yesterday, I Answered all the questions, the manager said
    I qualified because I have enought experience and he explained me the rules.
    The interview was over and he left the office saying he will be back soon, but when
    He came back he told me there was not place for more people 🙁 But he would like to consider me for future opportunity.
    I wonder what made him change his mind?


    • Hi Leyla,

      Well, what a strange experience! My guess is that he was interviewing people in anticipation of jobs being opened, and maybe he got a bit too ahead of his boss, the paperwork, or something else internal. So, when he went for permission to make an offer, he was slapped down by someone higher up.

      Chalk it up to experience, and follow up with a thank you telling him that you are interested in knowing about future opportunities (IF you are!).

      Better luck with the next one!

  33. PharmGuy says:

    How do you know if you did well in an interview? I have gotten compliments on my CV, provided a portfolio of my work, smiled and was naturally myself. The interviewer reponses were always quick when emailed questions. I thought I did well but I was shot down. It is funny that you think you do most of the right things but they may be all wrong.

    • Rhythmics says:

      It may not be anything you did wrong; its just the competition is very high in this market. You may have all the required qualifications, and they also liked you, however, other candidates may have just brought on the table little more than what you brought, so the best person(competition) takes the job.
      Some ways to find out if you did well, is when they ask you questions as what are your salary requirements? how soon can you start?, and they giving you more details on what you will be doing on the job as if you have already started working…These are just some ways, but never count on it.
      Yup, I have been going through that. I went in for interview for 3 round, and even met the director. They also did a background check on me, but eventually got shot down. Its just the competitive market that hurts, but keep on trying.
      These are my thoughts based on what I am going through. Susan will give you more solid response.
      Good Luck!!!

      • Very good comment, Rhythmics!

        Something better is waiting for you, too, I’m sure. Just keep looking.

        Thank you!

      • Rhythmics says:

        Thank you Susan,

        Recently somone email me couple of questions below. They want a written response from me as of now. Below are the answers I have planned so far. Its for Customer support role. Any feedback from you will be very helpful. Thank you for your help,

        · What is the greatest asset you bring to our company?
        Five years of experience working in fast paced, dead line driven environment.
        Helped company attain the highest customer service ratings, earned 100% performance ratings in communication skills, listening skills & problem resolution

        · How are you with dealing with multiple supervisors
        I can adjust very well with multiple supervisors as well as all levels of supervisors.

      • Hi Rhythmics,

        I think that first answer is strong. You might want to add data on the average number of customer issues per day, average amount of time to resolve an issue, average dollar value of each issue, average number of internal (and external?) organizations involved in resolving each issue, or anything else that demonstrates what you mean by “fast-paced, deadline-driven.” IF you have the data to add. Otherwise, I think it’s good as it stands now.

        The second answer needs more detail. I bet you have worked for two or more bosses at the same time, which I think is what they are asking here. So, this would be where you would describe that situation and how well you handled it.

        For example, one boss could be responsible for keeping a big customer happy while the other boss could be responsible for keeping costs down. That’s a natural conflict of interest, and if you worked for both of them, you would need to handle both issues well. If you have some examples of that kind of situation, this would be where you would describe them. Then add a statement about your (hopefully high) performance ratings from each boss.

        Good luck!

      • Rhythmics says:

        Thank you Susan,

        This will help a lot,


    • Hi PharmGuy,

      Yes, you didn’t get the job. However, try not to think of it as being “shot down.” And, if you like this employer, don’t give up yet!

      There are SO incredibly many variables involved in the process that it’s better to think of it as bad luck or a bad match.

      Look at it this way – someone with a better connection inside the company or a better response to a key interview question or exactly the right timing in the process (first interviewed or last interviewed or interviewed by the person who ended up as the key decision makers) or who-knows-what got the job. A better job is waiting for you.

      NOW, do these 2 things:

      1.) Send them a thank you note. For NOT hiring you? Yes! IF you still might want to work for them some day.
      Thank them for the opportunity to learn more about them and the organization. Ask them to keep you in mind for the “next time” they have a job open and to stay in touch.

      2.) Ask them for feedback.
      Do they see anything you do to improve and become a more viable candidate? If they respond, you could learn a lot from the process.

      Meanwhile, look back over the process yourself, and see what you might learn from it. What do you think you could improve? Avoid this kind of employer? Add more achievements to your CV? Develop better answers to the why-should-we-hire-you question? Follow up more quickly or differently? Or do more pre-interview research? Consider questions would you ask next time that you didn’t ask this time?

      Don’t give up! A better job really is waiting for you.

      Better luck next time!

  34. Had an interview and mixed up the company’s abbreviation. I was quickly reminded of the correct abbreviations. I apologized and gave a reason for the confusion. Them I went on to say actually o have just heard of your company now of all these years I have been working in this industry. I got no response. I told them I had read all the information about the company that had been sent to me. The interview went on for 50 minutes. Was asked a lot of technical question. Some I answered with confidence others with rumbling on and on and others not responding directly to questions but eventually getting to the question. The recruiter ended up saying I like your response to the last question and said good luck. I thanked them and said if they have additional questions they can contact me since they have my phone and email. This was a phone interview.

    What do you think my chances are?

    • Hi chandag,

      Practice is good! The more practice you get, the better you will be at interviewing. You’ve already analyzed places where you could improve – not rambling on and on, and not responding directly. So it’s important to remember that for next time. You might even practice answers to some of the standard questions: tell us about yourself, why do you want to work here, why should we hire you, what do you know about us, etc. We have several posts in this blog to help you answer those questions.

      Good to have read all the information that had been sent to you, but it would have been better if you had done more research on your own, beyond what was handed to you. You’ll get points for having read what was provided but you won’t probably gain any “extra credit” for doing anything in addition to that.

      And, since competition is so tough for most jobs, you can stand out by being well-prepared. Doing some of your own extra research – Google, LinkedIn, etc.

      Honestly, if I was on the other side of the table, you wouldn’t probably have impressed me. So, I would peg your chances at not great, unless you have some very rare skills and experience.

      You can do better next time by extending more effort into preparing for the interview.

      Good luck!

      • In response to when companies post jobs to the public. I believe there is a labor law that a company has to advertise openings to be fair.

      • It depends on the country, and, within the USA, it also depends on the state’s laws and regulations. I understand that it also depends on the size of the employer (measured by number of employees).

  35. Rmshill says:

    I went for an interview on a week ago and they said it would be 1-2 weeks before I would hear something. I felt very good about the interview and really think I have a good chance at getting the job. I sent my thank you notes the following day after the interview and am till waiting. Would it seem to eager if I wait till it’s been 1.5 weeks post interview to send a follow up email to see if a decision had been made yet?

    • chandlee says:


      I recommend that you wait the full two weeks and then follow-up. While I know it’s hard to wait, many companies take longer to make a decision and wrap up the hiring process than they anticipate. In most situations, following up earlier will not speed up the process or influence the decision.

      Good luck and all the best,

  36. Hi Ronnie Ann,

    This was very helpful. I am a bit embarrassed as I have been guilty of a few of those no-no’s (actually have been for many years!), but did receive a job offer yesterday anyway – amazing, as it was the first interview I’ve had since 2008 and I’m extremely rusty at this game. (Have to say, it goes the other way, too: I have had a couple interviewers (out of a few dozen) appear to not be paying that much attention to the answers to the questions they ask me – like they’re zoning out – and I am no windbag in those situations! Some interviewers could use some etiquette advice, too, I believe – as it’s very nerve-wracking for us to be sitting in front of you guys!)
    ANYway, I would like your opinion about the (ultimately successful) interview that took place, if you have a moment…The owner of this very small company came up with a really unique idea and business is exploding. A truckload of furniture for impending new hires was literally being unloaded as she was showing me around. When she was telling me about her obvious success and impressive, sudden growth in her business, I warmly congratulated her on her success. Was this an overly goofy thing to say? I mean, she did thank me, but it was a bit awkward, leaving me feeling a bit embarrassed. I meant what I said as I am truly blown away, but now I wonder if I came across too “personal”, like my comment is something one buddy would say to another – not what some lowly clerk like me (who is probably older than she is, who dropped out of a high-paying career, btw) would typically say during an interview with a millionaire. I hope she wasn’t thinking she should stop “bragging” – not that that is what I thought she was doing! (Please forgive me…I tend to read into things too much…)
    At least, despite my many quirks and likely other stupid comments that I made and can’t remember anyway, I made enough of a positive impression on her to hire me, so I ain’t complainin’…just curious.

    • chandlee says:

      Dear EDK,

      Nope! There is nothing wrong with genuinely expressing admiration for what someone does — and it sounds like you did so in a way that didn’t sound gratuitous! In your case, it probably showed that you — understood how much hard work went into i

  37. comments… questions and direction to take when interviewing for a new job/company and they have you interview with someone that would work for you?

    • chandlee says:

      Hi Rick,

      Make it clear that you are a team player and that you listen to employees. Be friendly, approachable and ask questions that give you information — you may want to ask, for example — can you describe your ideal boss?

      Don’t put them on the spot by asking questions that are threatening like “Why did your last supervisor leave? Or what needs to be improved in the office culture?”

      Good luck!


  38. Hi,

    I recently received an email for an interview with a questionnaire to be fill out before the interview. The questionnaire asked me to define a set of terms in my own words. These terms include company, respect, attendance, and respect. I am not really sure how to answer them as I don’t what they are looking for.

    Do you any suggestions as to how I should approach this task?


    • chandlee says:

      Hi Po,

      It seems to me that the company is likely looking for responses that indicate you’d be a team player, a supportive colleague, who shows up — listens to other people and their ideas. I’d define the terms in a way that demonstrates that these characteristics are important to you. Above all, submit it quickly — as that shows respect and attendance (or attention to details).

      Good luck,

  39. Recently one of my friend referred me to a position with a small company. that offers a lower pay and almost no benefits. I really need a job and is tempted to accept it. My friend also told me that she has recently submitted my resumes to bigger companies which probably equals to better pay and benefits. The problem I am having is that I am not sure if I would burn a bridge with my friend if I took the job with the small company and ends up going to the bigger company if they extend an offer.

    • chandlee says:

      Hi Jane,

      If you need a position now and are currently unemployed, sometimes the best thing to do is to take it…Often small companies will advance you faster and increase your pay over time.

      In general, you should not have friends submit your resume for you. It’s okay to get referred, but you need to submit a formal application on your own to get full consideration.

      Good luck,

  40. Shida102 says:

    Hi, I just got a phone call for my dream job – a tenure track position at a leading private institution. I am currently staying in the country this university is located but started another job here 3 months ago. They called me in my home country but my sister gave them my contact number here. I have an interview in two days but was a bit confused as to whether it was an interview or not. On the phone he said he wanted to discuss a position with me, get to know me and see if I’ll like the university. This all seems positive and the director will be there as well. Now do I mention that I already started work at another company and mention visa requirements at this meeting or do I treat it as an interview and wait till they make a formal offer before I discuss these matters? I think it’s a positive sign that he mentioned me liking the university but I also don’t want to get my hopes up if read too much into it. Help! I need some perspective so I don’t psych myself out.

    • chandlee says:


      Treat the interview like a conversation. They won’t likely make an offer at this exploratory meeting. They will let you know what next steps are. In the interim, you may let them know of your current work — and the fact that you would certainly need to give notice and work out a transition plan should this be the ideal fit.

      I would not mention visa requirements until you are farther along in the process.

      Good luck,

  41. Shida102 says:

    Thanks so much for your reply,

    So the meeting went well. It seems they already decided they wanted me for the position and they discussed a salary package. I wasn’t prepared for this and the package they offered is way below what was advertised. They said they would send me an email with the formal job offer. Now what I want to know is, is there room for negotiation once I get the email? I’ve done research and it seems they want to pay me less than half what my peers would get. In the meeting I made the mistake of telling them my current salary because I was so nervous and failed to mention that the job I currently have is more like a bridge job. I actually took a pay cut because my husband relocated to the middle easy and working seemed like a better option rather than sitting at home doing nothing. Also, in the job ad, they mentioned furnished accomodation, once they heard my husband was here and I was married, they said they can’t offer that seeing as how I’m not single. I don’t understand how my marital status should impact my contract but it seems it has. I really want this job but at the moment I feel that I am terribly undervalued and I feat I would feel even more so once I actually start. I would really appreciate your advice.

    • chandlee says:

      Hi Shida,

      First, congratulations on your offer. I recommend you seek out the advice on how to negotiate salary from the website Job-Hunt.org.

      Before you ask for a higher salary, you should do additional research on salary norms for the position — and what similar jobs pay in comparable space. If the job typically provides housing you may be able to ask for additional compensation since you aren’t taking it.

      Good luck!

      All the Best,

  42. Shida102 says:

    Hi Chandlee,

    One more question I promise. The interviewer said thank you at the end of the interview and said that I’ll be receiving the job offer within the week. The week had past and now I get a call from HR asking me to come in for another interview? I’m really confused as we already discussed a package and start date? Should I worry? I’m meeting with a different person now but who can honestly be higher than the president and the director? How do I prepare for this second interview?


    • chandlee says:


      Often senior executives request a meet and greet before they sign-off on a hire. This is likely what’s happened. You should prepare as if you were preparing for any other interview — research the company and the person you are interviewing with and be ready to answer questions. Have questions ready for them as well. One might be, “What do you like best about working at ______?” Or, “what do you wish others knew about working at ______?”

      Good luck!

      All the Best,

  43. I had a group interview. It was fun trying to read each person’s reaction to my answers to questions. I could tell one person was skeptical; that I was only there just to get a job. I think that person was the decision maker. I didn’t get the job. I guess I couldn’t convince this person.

    • chandlee says:


      Chances are good that the interview decision had more than do with the opinion of one person. If you are feeling brave, ask for feedback. The decision may have nothing to do with you, and if you get feedback on how to further strengthen future applications that could help you get a job in the long run.

      Good luck and all the best,

  44. I had a great job interview on 8/2/12…..They are still interviewing! I thought it went very well! I wrote out 2 separate thank-you cards to the 2 HR staff.

    I was told in the interview either way I would be contacted by phone and/or a letter. It is my understanding allow the employer make the next move. According to my sister who is a HR recruiter.
    What are your thoughts and opinions?

    No news is good news! If I was ruled out I would have been contacted either by phone or a letter.

    My gut says “wait, if it was meant to be, great!” If not, then something else and something better will come along


    • Mary,

      The interview process often takes time…I’d give it another week then send a brief note emphasizing your continued interest in the position. In the interim, I recommend that you continue to seek out other opportunities. Never hurts to have many potential options.

      All the Best,

  45. Rhythmics says:

    Hi Mary,
    True, you have to let the employer make the next move and give them time, however, it has been almost three weeks since the interview. In that case, I would make the attempt to ask for any updates. More than 2 weeks is somewhat longer than normal.
    I have gone through what you are going through, thinking to allow more time, and every day kept on checking my email like 50 times a day, hoping for some response. Eventually, I would make the attempt to ask for updates if over 10 business days have passsed by. I would always keep on back of my mind that worse comes to worse what can happen??they will just say ‘no’ right?..and as you mention, something else, and something better…so why not just make a small attempt at this point….
    Wish u all the best. :-))

    • Dear Rhythmics,

      Thanks for weighing in. Agree, there’s nothing wrong with following up. But also think it’s completely normal for it to take more than two weeks for a follow-up, particularly as most employers wait to finish ALL previously scheduled interviews prior to making a decision. How would you feel if you got a call that said, “hey, we interviewed a great person yesterday and we’re just going to go with it — so your interview is canceled.”

      The best way to have a phone ring is to step away from it. In my experience, the phone always rings more when we pursue multiple options.

      Again thanks for submitting your perspective.


  46. Hi. I accepted an interview for this week. When the recruiter sent me the job description, I realized it was for a much lower level position than I am qualified for. I don’t want to waste my time, or theirs on something that I most likely will not accept.

    How do I politely cancel the interveiw?

    • Angie,

      If you are currently employed and don’t wish to be considered, simply send a note and say “after careful review, I realize that this position is not aligned with my goals. Therefore, I wish to cancel the interview.

      Otherwise, you may want to proceed with the interview and see what happens. Sometimes an employer will upgrade the salary and position level based on a candidate’s qualifications. Doesn’t happen all the time but when it does — it’s a good thing. And having the interview can make that sort of discussion happen.

      All the Best,

  47. What do you recommend for people with Aspergers? People who are socially disadvantaged usually depend on their skills and experience listed on their resume.

    I noticed that you look for things which do not come naturally to those with the condition.

    Should they disclose or does that put them out of the running as so many fear.

    • Rebecca,

      Google “interviewing and tips and Aspergers” you’ll find a lot of resources and tips on how to prepare. You may also want to seek out the advice of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a free service run by the Department of Labor. These resources can provide you with advice on how and when to disclose.

      All the Best,

  48. I recently interviewed for a position I am very interedted in acquiring. When I asked at the end of the interview how soon they were looking to fill the position, the interview panel jokingly replied” Yesterday”. However, they were unable to give a tentative date by when they would be able to make a decision, simply saying that they will continue to review shortlisted candidates.

    My question is this, in doing follow up should I contact the HR dept representative or enquire directly with the Managers that conducted the interview? Also is it a negative sign that, additional candidates are to be looked at? I felt the interview went well, though there are areas in hindsight I wished I had expanded more on.


    • you should contact HR rep as they are your first point of contact to phone screen you, and/or scheduled your interview with management.. If any manager contacted you directly, then inquire with the Manager.
      It would never be a good idea to contact Managers directly while there was an HR rep that assisted you in the interviewing process. It would create a negative impression where you decided to jump over the HR rep, to reach managers directly.
      It is NOT negative at all that they are interviewing other candidates after you. Its a normal process, to interview each candidate that they have on their list. It would not be fair to inform candidates to come in for interview, then tell them not to. How would you feel if you are called in for interview, and you have been preparing for couple of days, but they all of a sudden called you to inform you not to come for interview, as they already decided to move with other candidate…

    • Nicole,

      Respond to the interviewers and say thank you for the interview. Let them know that you are still interested.

      Most employers schedule interviews with multiple candidates…it is part of the hiring process. Would it feel fair to you if an interview was canceled because the employer said “we already interviewed someone else we like”?

      Be patient and keep up your search in the interim.

      Good luck and all the best,

  49. I am getting a interview at a cafe in 2 days. This is my first interview and I am quite nervous. What kind of questions will they ask me? I have done some research and the most common question to be asked in a interview in “tell me about yourself”. Could you give me some advice? What do I wear? (I’m a 14 year old guy)
    Thanks 🙂

    • Rhys,

      Wear a nice shirt, dress pants and a tie if you can. Shake hands and look them in the eye. Be yourself…and show your interest in the job…Not likely they are going to want more than that…

  50. hi!!

    I had given interview in my dream company, i cleared 1st round of interview and after some days sit for the second round, my second round was really very good with GM and internally i was in full confidence that i will be selected, but it did’t happen. and again i gave interview for another good company the interview was awesome i impressed both the person who were taking my interview, as interview over VP sales gave his visiting card to me and asked me to send my salary slip till evening, more than 20 days has passed but, there is no reply from there side. i don’t know what is happening in my interview or where i am getting wrong in interview. please help me!!!!

  51. Michelle Terrell says:

    Hi I need help and direction I lost my job @ Walmart, I got the flu had a fever and didn’t want to infect children and the elderly. So I stay home for 3 days.. I moved here to Minnesota ans I’m looking for work its so hard this is a lousy time to look for work.. Any how I need some encouragement help.. Sorry for the whining.

  52. I appreciate your advice about being yourself… my story is a great example of how that works. I was in a panel interview with 5 people asking me questions and I was nervous. I was feeling frustrated with my first couple of answers. I was being superficial because I was so busy trying to hide my nervousness! So I switched gears and said, “You are a very welcoming group and still it’s an interview setting and I’m feeling nervous, could I get some of that water.” And that did it. My nervousness went away. The tension in the room was gone. After I got the job, one of the interviewers told me, “After you said you were nervous, you just came out – BAM – and filled the room. You blew us away.”
    Moral of the story: Be yourself, you are enough.

  53. Hi!
    I’ve been unemployed now for 3 months after working at a company for 3 years, so I haven’t had an interview in a long time. I’ve had 5 interviews since being made redundant and I have always gone in nervous but confident, yet I always get told that I come across as too nervous or shy to work there.I have an interview in a few days and I really want this job. How can I tackle this problem as this makes me feel more nervous! It’s starting to get me down 🙁
    thanks for the help

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Olivia,

      Part of your nervousness comes from being unsure of how to respond.

      So, practice job interviewing with a friend or family member, if you can. Give them a list of the standard interview questions to ask you (look in the right column of this page, near the top, to see the ones asked most often. Then practice your answers to those questions.

      If you don’t have anyone you can practice with, just practice answering the standard questions out loud. You might even want to be in front of a mirror when you do that.

      Research the employer before you show up for the interview so that you can ask them good questions to determine whether or not you want to work there. And give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the employer’s offices so you aren’t flustered by being late.

      Good luck with your job search!

  54. I had given an interview last week and within two days I had got a call from the HR asking for my previous payslips. Does that mean good? They also asked me how soon can I join. I told the HR that I require a week to join the company.It has been three days now, I havent received anything from them as yet. Help me 🙁

  55. hello Susan,

    Thank you very much for answering my last comment.
    I will have a 2nd interview in 4 days in Frankfurt for a position that it is actually going to be in London.
    On this interview I have to demonstrate my presentation skills and my professional demeanor.
    So we have already covered the most important topics of an interview including the salary.
    Besides my presentation and to make to the hiring manager clear that it will an honor for me to move to London and to be a part of his team and company. I do not know what to expect?
    Will he repeat the same questions? Go over my cv? Make an offer? I belive for this one is too soon.

    Thank you for your answer.


  56. Hi, I just left a job interview for a different position within the company I’m currently working for. I thought I would know if I had the job today but instead they made me aware that they had a couple more interviews this week and that getting hired is a long process because I would have to meet with 2 other managers. They said I should know something by next week. Does this job sound promising for me? So nervous because I know I did a good job.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Ashley,

      It sounds like things are moving forward well. Just be patient and focus on continuing to do a good job of the job you have.

      Good luck with your job search!

  57. Hello there Susan,
    I got a call for a phone interview. It went very well. The company initially agreed to the range I wanted for base salary. They want to move further with more interviews which is awesome however, the HR manager indicates that they don’t think they can do my range of salary, am I negotiable. I just said yes even though I’m not. I think what I asked for is market, however, they always want to pay less.

    Did I do the right thing? My strategy is for them to love me and if offer comes in lower, I can then ask for more and state why per market research.

    THank you much

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Ray,

      Yes, I think you did the right thing. They may see through your strategy, or they may not.

      When it comes to the additional interviews, talk about your accomplishments, preferably quantified if you can (“increased customer satisfaction by 20% above the previous person” – or whatever is appropriate for you) to demonstrate that you are worth more.

      Also do more research on the “market rate” for that job – check several of the salary survey sites, not just one of them. I’ve worked in compensation consulting, and I am skeptical of the quality of the data provided. And some employers choose the expense of replacing employees more often because they don’t pay the top – or even the market – rate for a job.

      When the time comes to discuss the salary, be ready to negotiate! Have MANY “options” to offer them. Ask about the other forms of compensation they are offering, like vacation time, training, tuition reimbursement, reimbursement of commuting costs (like gasoline and parking if you drive or public transit fares), etc. They may not be able to raise the salary, but they may be able to promise a salary review in 3 or 6 months if you prove your worth (which could result in a raise, or not). Or, they may be able to offer you other forms of compensation like an extra week of vacation, working from home one or two days a week, etc.

      Good luck with this opportunity!

  58. I have a 3rd part of an interview (at a not-for-profit company I have been applying to for several years. I have kept my resume updated and they called me) which lasts all day. I will meet with several people and have a “walk through” of the job (it’s a demanding physical job). Are there any tweaks I should adjust for to really wow them?

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Hillary,

      Wow them by being up-to-date with the latest news regarding the organization, their mission, and their “competitors'” activities.

      If you have any history of volunteering for them – or for other similar organizations – be sure to mention it.

      Good luck!

  59. Frustrated says:

    I have done all of this in my interviews. I am interviewing with smaller companies and I have had big company consulting experience. I have had this happen a few times. The interviewers are territorial often male and comparing size of company in numbers. You worked at a 500 people co. we are 200 people. I was like so what. You don’t have enough small company experience and I do. We are only 1000 people more..than your last company. THis talk is all nonsense.
    I have all the skills to perform the job.
    What I can tell is that these are people who are territorial and bring up numbers in protecting their organizations. These are mostly men who are doing this.

    THis type of talk reminds me of shepherders who count their flock. “I have 10 sheep” You are not going to get 10 sheep here like you did in your last company. The psychology of that sizing in specific numbers is incredible. Insecurity is coming out and politics.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Of course, difficulty in transitioning from a larger to a smaller organization depends on the job, the quality of management (both places), the industry, etc.

      Reality or not – and often it IS reality – moving from a large organization to a small one CAN be a big adjustment, and not always an easy one. Many things are “handled” for you in a large organization that you must cope with yourself in a smaller one. I know. I’ve worked in both myself, starting with the large organization and going to a small one. It isn’t as easy a transition as you may think.

      If you have any experience in a small organization, do your best to emphasize that experience as an example of your understanding of that environment.

      If you don’t have any experience is a small organization, see if you can create some – volunteer for a small, local nonprofit possibly.

      Good luck with your job search!

  60. treasury101 says:

    Thanks for your comments.
    Interviewing prep is important but I do think at times the interviewer or employer can negatively impact Orr hinder a candidate from getting a job. I had a situation where i interviewed to last rounds with the hiring manager. Everyone liked me which is why I had moved to last round. The VP that I interviewed with had temper tantrum in the interview and apparently he was being rifted by the company because when I asked about org. He spiraled into a anger mode and I did not get the job from him as he was not well. I told HR about this who is useless.

    I was denied a job for no good reason. I contacted the SVP after some months about my experience and he said sorry but he indicated that VP has left so the interview and how the VP reacted was consistent with how he reacted to, the org discussion but I was blocked from getting a job and my timing was bad because I got him. What I did not get is why they allowed him to interview candidates if he 1) was being rifted soon 2)was going to leave the company because clearly he expressed his dislike for their company .

    This appeared to be a bad management decision and naive as he was a liability and was blocking people from joining the company or had personal issues with the company himself.. The new person in that role was hired by the new VP. The SvP thanked me for the feedback.
    My point is sometimes there are bizarre situations like this in the company and as candidates we have no idea but from the interviewers behavior if confrontational and bad mouthing the company is a bad sign and should be reported up.
    What bad luck

  61. mightym says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for an easy-to-read guide. I personally find interviews to be unnerving and sometimes I feel it is difficult to appear genuine. It’s easy to get lost in the technical bits and forget to project yourself as friendly and confident. I had a second interview with a few people in addition to the hiring manager. The day after the meeting, I was offered the role. 🙂

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