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7 things employers want to hear in a job interview

With so many questions to choose from, it can be hard to prepare for a big job interview. However, there are a few things that are pretty universally desired in a job candidate. Follow this guide for what employers want to hear in a job interview.


1. Here’s what I can do for you

Leave your personal ambitions out of your interview, unless specifically asked. You should go into the interview prepared to talk about how you can make an organization better. Even though personally, you should be considering how this job fits into your career goals, you need to convince the hiring manager how your talents and skills will improve the company.


2. I’m both a team player and self sufficient

Employers want to know you’re somebody who knows how to solve their own problem – that they won’t have to hold your hand in this new job. But they also want to see that you’re able to work on a team. Proving you know how to strike that balance will certainly keep you in the running for the position.


What employers want to hear in a job interview


3. I know how to do the job

A key element of a job interview is simply proving that you have the skills, knowledge and talent to get the job done. That’s why it’s vital to go into an interviewing knowing as many specifics about job expectations as possible so you’ll be able to speak with confidence about your qualifications. What employers want to hear in a job interview most is that you can deliver on the tasks involved in the role.


4. You can rely on me

Proving that you’re competent is another important aspect of an interview. Are you able to show up on time? Will you follow through on your projects? Will you stick with something even if it’s difficult? Showing your stability and reliability and backing it up with anecdotes is key.


What employers want to hear in a job interview


5. I play well with others

Interviews are also a chance for managers to gage your personality. They’re trying to get a feel for whether or not you would be a good fit for the culture of the organization. That’s why staying relaxed and remembering to smile are another part of will stand out about your interview.


6. I’m motivated and enthusiastic

It’s easy for passion to come off as inauthentic. If you’re trying too hard, hiring managers will see right through it. Do enough research to find aspects of the job that you’re genuinely really excited about. Also think about times in other positions where you stayed motivated and pushed through a problem or took on a challenge.


7. I want this job

No matter the job – it’s important that you really want it and you want it for the right reasons. Before your interview, you should already know which parts you’re potentially looking forward to and why you’re excited to be part of this organization. It’s important to be genuine when you explain why you’re interested in the position, or your answer may not convince your interviewer.



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1. based on Young Man on a Job Interview by, CC-by-SA 2.0

2. based on Ready, by mr.stokey, CC-by-2.0

3. based on Woman on a Job Interview, by, CC-by-SA 2.0

Photos and blog by Elizabeth Trovall

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