Before you get that dream job – there is an essential step to cross – qualifying through the HR round of the interview!
The HR managers have the responsibility to screen and attract the best workforce for the company. And, given the rather complex nature of employment laws, HR is acutely skilled in bringing in the right people who not only have the ability to take the organization further, but who also fit in with the organizational culture.
It is then no surprise that HR managers are not too easily pleased. Their standards, when screening potential employees are high. But what exactly are HR managers and HR professionals looking for. Read on to find out.
These tips are sure to impress HR managers.
- Be Punctual.. And Alert
If you land up late for the interview, that says a lot about your commitment levels! Punctuality and alertness are some of the key behavioral attributes that impress an HR manager even before you have started on the interview.
A rather significant example of how alertness works goes this way – the HR manager welcomes you, and while he or she is still standing, you sit down! You have just not been alert enough to notice that invitation to sit has not yet been extended. These apparently ‘small’ actions say a lot and these very attributes are most essential in a working environment say HR experts.
- Master Communication and Confidence
Impress the HR manager with these 2 Cs. While you’re not expected to render a flourish of your oratory during the interview, the HR manager surely is seeking someone who knows what he is talking, and conveys that in a clear fashion.
When asked about your background for example – don’t recite your life’s story! Stick instead to your education and work experience. Essentially what the HR manager is looking at here is your ability to understand what is being asked and concisely introduce facts according to what’s relevant to the job role and the company’s mission. Another key component to communicating is to maintain a subtle tonal quality, along with some warmth in your attitude. Now, you don’t have to laugh and roll and show your warmth— rather, instead of being stiff and distant, you can smile. Establish a connection with the interviewer if possible, suggest HR managers.
Confidence, on the other hand, does not suggest that you are supposed to know it all. Instead, it translates into being poised, and communicating your achievements without bragging. When you exude confidence in yourself, others (including HR managers) feel confident about you.
- Pay Attention to Body Language
What we do not say in words we communicate through our body language. And HR managers are trained to look for these innocuous gestures that speak volumes. For example, the fast hand gestures, a shrug or frown are clear-cut signals of an innately aggressive nature. Conversely, keeping hands tied together firmly, slouching or sitting with legs intertwined all reveal meekness and lack of faith in oneself. During an interview you should sit straight, with your shoulders relaxed and hands kept on the arm rest – this conveys an attitude that is poised and easy.
- Be Professional
Being professional suggests a whole lot of attributes really – knowing where to draw the line during conversation; not interrupting the other person; showing restraint when talking about ex-colleagues or while describing your earlier role—these are just some of those! Being professional also means being aware of both your strengths and weaknesses and expressing the lessons you have learned from your mistakes, rather than focusing on the mistakes.
- Ask the Right Questions
Impress HR manager by asking the right questions during the interview. HR managers gauge your interest in the job and the role through the answers you seek about the company’s strategies, its vision, and how your role is likely to bring in profits.
- Follow Up Always
The interview might be the last step to nailing the job, yet the process is not over till you are sent an appointment letter. And just before you leave the interview room, ask the HR manager, when (or if at all) it would be a good time to call or mail them, to know the status. If you’re given a timeline, great – if not, follow up after a week or ten days with a formal mail, enquiring about the same.
How did you impress HR managers during your interview?