Founder of Virtus Career Consulting, speaker and author of the career empowerment book
I’m asked this a lot.
→ I’ve done my research
→ I asked great, employer-centric, questions
→ I nailed “What are your strengths?”, connecting it to the job
→ I was confident, not cocky
→ I had answers ready for their questions
→ I provided accomplishments relevant to their need
→ I mapped my stories to their job description
→ I don’t have off-putting behaviors based on mock interview feedback
→ I listened at least as much as I talked
→ I didn’t ramble or spend 5 minutes telling one story
→ My body language checks out based on video mock interviews
→ I was on time
→ I’m not showing lack of passion
Note: Unconscious bias is real, but out of scope here.
1 in 3 of 2,000 surveyed hiring managers says they know within 90 seconds if they’ll hire you, according to Jobvite.
Why? They’re subconsciously assessing 3 things:
- Do I respect you?
- Do I trust you?
- Do I like you?
Reflect on the first 90 seconds of your interviews. Did you make a strong connection?
Your #1 job is to build rapport.
Smile and make eye contact.
Share common ground from their LI profile or something in their office.
Mirror their pace: If they’re calm and you talk fast, maybe that’s an issue.
People hire people they like.