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Interviewing the hiring manager – Why not?


During interviews, the hiring manager often plays the role of the striker in a football match: asks questions, listens to the candidates’ answers and then “attack” the candidates with other questions. What about you, a candidate? Have you ever thought of actively “attacking” employers? This is not an easy task, but if you succeed in doing it, you will stand a good chance of getting hired. That is the conclusion I got after passing an interview and getting my current dream job.

Previously, during interviews, I often responded accordingly to what the employers asked. Even when they asked questions that I did not understand clearly, I did not dare to ask them to clarify. Particularly, I became very perplexed when the employers asked: “Do you have any questions for us?” because I really did not know what to say.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again ...
Due to my unconfident and dull responses, I was rejected by many employers. Via the way the employers looked at me during interviews, I realized that they did not consider me as an energetic, independent and creative candidate. Thus I shared this unsuccessful experience to a friend of mine who was working in the recruitment industry. She said that hiring managers usually did not highly value passive and timid candidates, that I should be able to impress the interviewers. To be successful, I needed to be well prepared before the interviews.

Following the advice, I read my resume to pinpoint issues employers usually focused on, i.e. career objectives, skills, experiences, strengths and weaknesses … I prepared specific examples to illustrate each of these points and practised presenting them to ensure the consistency between the my responses and the information in my resume. Besides, I tried to find out information about the hiring company’s main business line, technology, products because this information was the key weapon to “attack” the employers.

Actively launch the attack…
As a matter of fact, employers do not necessarily highly value candidates who respond promptly to their questions without thinking. Candidates who think carefully before answering interview questions are considered mature ones. Neither do employers like boastful candidates who speak continuously about their achievements without caring about whether the interviewers still listen attentively to their words.

Therefore, when the employers posed any questions, I often spent at least 3 seconds thinking before responding. Most employers are really in favour of candidates who ask questions relating to the issues being discussed, especially smart ones, since they demonstrates the candidates’ interest in the hiring companies. A lively example I still remember is during an interview at Company X. After sharing my viewpoints on the company’s new products, I asked the employer in return: “How many new types of software will your company plan to launch next year? Is this plan suitable given the current economic downturn?” Obviously, he was so surprised and pleased with my question since he spent over 5 minutes describing his company’s business plan for this product.

How did I handle tough interview questions ?
Also during my interview at Company X, the hiring manager asked me: “What should you do to use Java Script to send e-mails?”. My heartbeat seemed to go slower since I knew this task was impossible. I doubted that this question was a trap. Hence, I asked him some questions to make sure that I did not misunderstand him as well as have more time to think of a way to respond. After that, I responded: “I haven’t known the optimal solution, but in my opinion, we can’t use Java Script to send e-mails because …”. Then I stated some reasons to convince him that this task was impossible. The twist on his forehead disappeared and he laughed heartily. You should know that sometimes the interviewers try to trap candidates, and if you try to explain according to the idea the questions seem to convey, you will fall into the trap immediately. You should stay calm; think twice before giving an answer that you feel most appropriate.

At the end, I thanked the interviewer for giving me an opportunity to attend interview at the company. After the interview, I sent him a thank you letter, showing my gratitude to him for the interview invitation once again and reassert that I desire that job.

Two weeks later, I got the offer letter from Company X. Currently, I am working as a PHP programmer here with a rewarding salary.

In general, one who dares to do things most people do not will stand a better chance of succeeding in life. Proactively interviewing the hiring manager is such a thing. If you prepare well and demonstrate that you truly and deeply love the job and the company, the employer will surely reciprocate your sincere affection!

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