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What Employers REALLY Want to Know During Interviews

Everyone knows that a prospective employer wants to know about your work history, experience, and skillset during a job interview. And those things are, without question, a big part of the conversation. But they’re not the only part. There are bigger considerations behind those questions—things that an employer REALLY wants to know about the candidate sitting in front of them. Here are a few notable examples:  

You Can Make the Organization Better 

While your employer may be interested in your personal and professional ambitions—and may even ask about them in the interview—it’s a safe bet that what they’re truly interested in is what you can do for them. Before the interview, think about how your skills and experience can help the organization move forward. Be prepared to talk about this in the interview, and you have that much greater chance of being hired.  

You’re Reliable 

The lines on your resume should prove that you’re competent enough to perform the job itself. But what an employer really wants to know beyond that is that you can be relied on to do the job, not just that you’re able to. Will you show up on time? Complete your projects? Ask for help when needed? Be sure to make it clear that you’re a reliable employee that the company will be able to count on.  

You’re Motivated 

Ahead of the interview, take some time and think about what you’re really excited about when it comes to this new position. You want to show the employer that you’re genuinely excited and motivated to do the job. Of course, you don’t want to come off as patronizing or inauthentic. That’s why it’s important to think about specific things you’re looking forward to and how those things will motivate you once you’ve (hopefully) secured the position.  

You Truly Want the Job 

Hiring managers can tell if you’re only interviewing because it was a last resort, or because they happened to call you back. You need to convince your employer that you really want the job, that it’s worth their time, money, and resources to hire you. Think about how the job will impact your career and future, and speak to that end.  

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