Preparing For An Interview? – 5 Sneaky Things Employers Don’t Want You To Know

By  |  September 24, 2019

Most job seekers are in for “go there and break a leg.” The mantra – whose origin is born out of the sheer will to ace an interview – sometimes clouds awareness regarding other back-fence details.

If you really want to land that dream job, you may need to be in the mind of the employer. It’s no hokum that companies have some hiring and interview tricks up their sleeves. If you never believed it, you may want to start doing even some worshipping now. 

The First Few Seconds Matter

The assessment starts from the moment you walk into the room. This is more than just “first impression matters.” Some employers do make important decisions about your fitness for the job role within the first few seconds of contact. You need to be sure about what you do – composure and enough confidence play key roles.

Rather than entering the office with the assumption that your answers will work for you, put some work into your attitude too. Some HR firms, per reports, can make conclusions based on your mode of engagement. Even though it’s not standard to do so, some of them access your looks. By all means, be in your best, but natural self. 

Who Are You Online?

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If you have had several failed attempts to secure an online-based job, this is probably the reason. After your interview, your potential employers do as much as Google you up to find out where you have been and what you’ve been doing. Trust this – no one wants to hire whose reputation online is not in line with the company’s culture.

If you said you have worked with similar firms in the past, they are going to cyberstalk you to confirm. This makes lying in your CV not just go wrong, but potentially affects securing future jobs. Back to within one, what do you post on your social media? Also trust this – there is no room in a media firm for an Instagram slay goddess. 

Not Telling You Their Highest Bid 

The salary talk is always the awkward talk during an interview. But it doesn’t have to be. Your compensation for the job is just as substantial as the value you will bring to the company. Employers don’t want to pay more than they have to, which is why they will start with the lowest reasonable bid. Actually, it’s common sense. But you need to need to be aware of your worth in the job market.

Knowing exactly what you bring to the table will help you negotiate a remuneration higher than what’s proposed. Only a few firms are intentional about the line between what they should pay and what they can afford. In any case, be on the alert – ask people in the field what goes and what doesn’t. 

Interview Questions Can Be A Dead End

Almost all and sundry are asked the so-called open-ended questions. But do not be led into believing there are no right or wrong answers. Questions in the league of “where do you see yourself in the next three years” can be a dead-end if you are not careful.

“Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert” may seem like a harmless question. But your answer can help employers determine whether or not you are a good fit for the job. Hey, you can’t be vying to be a salesperson or marketer if you are an introvert. In the same way, you cannot be a lone wolf if the job position is supposed to be team-oriented. 

Employed Candidates Stand A Better Chance

We all would like the idea of a world wherein recruiters are fair and unbiased. But that is not always the case. Most employers feel employed candidates are more valuable than those who are not. The question in context is – why have you not been able to get a job for the past few months? It’s not necessary, but it’s very likely decisions are going to be made following this makeshift thumb rule.

Mind you; there is a chance unemployed candidates are out of work because they lack the requisite skills required to excel in a particular role. But if you are working with XYZ company right about now, your skills will not be in doubt. However, it all balls down to who’s actually fit for the job. 

Mostly, landing a job is a matter of chance. But when you are the fittest person for a job, it’s a matter of “yes.” Sometimes, HR doesn’t spend up to a minute reading your CV. They can decide to give or not give you a job based on your personality. Bear these things in mind and make things work to your favor. 

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