What are companies? People! You must keep this in mind when you’re interviewing. People within companies are the ones that make hiring decision, not some fictitious company.
All companies have their own hiring procedures. Some have very detailed long laborious hiring procedures, that seem to never end, and others have no hiring procedures whatsoever. So it’s true when you’re interviewing you will be dealing with different hiring procedures. But what isn’t different between each company? PEOPLE.
In my career as a professional recruiter I have seen a lot of changes to the hiring procedures that companies use. You name it and I’ve seen it. But what has stayed consistent through all the changes? People. It doesn’t matter what type of hiring procedures you will be dealing with – in the end – you will be dealing with people.
Companies don’t hire people…people do! And, regardless of your qualifications, people hire people they like. So you must build chemistry between you and the interviewer. That’s why it’s so important for you to ask for the names of each person you are scheduled to meet with in your interview.
Once you get the names of the people you will be interviewing with, the next step is to do your research on these people. I want you to find out everything you can about these people. So when you’re conducting your research make sure you are looking for commonality between you and the people you will be meeting. Commonality is key.
My experience is people hire people they like. I wish they only hired people with the experience and qualifications, but they don’t. So what is the best way to get people to like you in an interview? Have something in common! It could be you went to the same school, grew up in the same area, attend the same church, have children that go to the same school, play the same sports, like the same music, like the same art, was in the same military service, and the list is endless, isn’t it?
I know this might sound crazy to you, but as someone that makes a living getting people hired I can tell you this without hesitation. You must have chemistry between you and the interviewer or you will not get the job. And, what is the best way to have chemistry? Have something in common with the interviewer.
Your job is to do your research before your interview and find out everything you can about the people you will be meeting. Find commonality! Once you determine the commonality, you must use it in the interview! You won’t be disappointed. Do you know why? You won’t be disappointed because companies don’t hire people…people do! And, people hire people they like! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!