Education, qualifications, certifications: check, check and check.
Personality? Remains to be seen.
Welcome to the behavioral interview, where open-ended questions are as much about a candidate's thought process, mannerisms and dialogue as they are about the answers.
We do these interviews every day at Brookwoods Group. Here are some of the things that make our hiring managers cringe and how you can make minor changes to help the situation:
We need you to show us your real self. (Yes, we want the best version of your real self, professionally dressed and polished, but 100 percent real nonetheless!) We would not want a contrived artificial “you” to appear for all interviews only to have a different real person show up for work!
If you are tempted to put on a show in your job interview:
"I toss and turn with nocturnal visions, searching for declarations that will touch and soothe the hearts of mankind as I aspire towards ever-lasting changes worldwide."
Here's a shorter, simpler and much more powerful way of saying the same thing: "I have a dream."
Worked for MLK, right?
The point is, candidates who have a hard time getting to the point won't get the job. Hiring managers see overtime and time wasted in this candidate's future simply because they're too busy waxing poetic to get the job done .
If this is you:
You've seen them on television; you've heard them on the radio – those awkward moments where someone is hemming and hawing, umming and oh'ing their way through an interview. It's frustrating for viewers and listeners to sit through; same thing for hiring managers.
If this is you:
Have you ever found yourself unable to answer a question and -- to fill the silence -- uttered such nonsense that you wondered afterwards if you can ever recover? Such baloney usually follows questions such as "Do I look fat?" "Why did you lie?" "Where were the weapons of mass destruction?" and "What is your greatest weakness?" Such questions have hanged even the savviest of spouses, children, politicians and employees-to be.
Instead of making it all up as you go along, try:
It's down to two candidates. Some hiring managers can truly be stuck at this point. They ask us for advice and we put the question back to them: "Quick: Who would you like to have coffee with?" There's the answer. Although that solution is based on a gut feeling, we've also been told by hiring managers that the job simply went to the candidate who asked for it.
To tip the scales:
Overall, it's much better to be yourself, to hit the pause button than baffle with baloney, become long-winded, act flippant or morph into run-around-Sue. If you do manage to fool the hiring manager, guess what happens when the rubber meets the road? You'll be back practicing your behavioral interview skills.
At Brookwoods Group, we don't want to change you; we want to help you present your best self to a prospective employer and match you with a company where you will flourish. For hiring managers and candidates alike, the right fit can make a world of difference.