Many people believe that their resume and skills alone are enough to ace a job interview. But the hiring process is actually more subjective than you might think.
I spent five years working in HR and recruiting before becoming CEO and starting WorkHap, my career coaching business that has helped thousands of people land high-paying jobs.
And here’s the hard truth about who actually gets hired: It’s often less about your experience, and more about how you make the hiring manager feel during — and after — the interview. Let’s get it done.
The personal compatibility and connections you build can make or break your chances. So if you constantly get interviews but no job offers, here’s my best advice:
1. Don’t treat a job interview like a job interview.
Yes, you should take the meeting seriously and be professional. But remember that job interviews can be stressful for employers, too. To make it easier for both of you, focus on developing a good rapport.
Employers want someone who can get the job done, but they also want a team member who makes them feel comfortable. Ultimately, they’re going to want to go with someone they think they’ll enjoy staying eight hours a day over a candidate with more experience.
To ease your nerves, try to approach the interview as a regular everyday conversation, as if you were talking to a new friend. Find a balance between feeling confident and feeling arrogant.
2. Don’t go for boilerplate answers.
Not all interviews start with “Tell me about yourself”. Many of them ask “How’s your day going?” or “How are you?” This is an opportunity to showcase your personality.
Most people will respond with a nod and say “I’m doing fine, thanks.” But I really encourage you to share about your day. Maybe you hit the gym this morning and are preparing for your first marathon. Or you just listened to an informative podcast you enjoyed (bonus points: send them the link after the interview; it’ll make you more memorable!).
How you speak matters too. If you radiate positivity and enthusiasm, that good energy will transfer to the interviewer. This is often the secret to standing out.
3. Don’t underestimate the power of a ‘thank you’ note.
Always send a “thank you” email after the interview, ideally the next day or the day after. Keep it positive and brief: Remind them of what you discussed and reiterate your interest in the role.
If you’re struggling to come up with something, check out the job description. Look for key words in the Responsibilities and Required Skills section, and weave them organically into your note.
Here is an example template that has worked for many of my clients:
“Greetings [hiring manager’s name],
Thank you so much for your time earlier today. i learned a lot about it [X company]And I’m excited to see where you and the team go [X project you talked about] next!
As I mentioned, I believe in my background [X previous jobs] And [X skills] would be valuable to this role because [X reasons], I look forward to continuing to interact with your team.
Let me know if you have more questions for me. Again, I appreciate your time and consideration!
This gesture personalizes your conversation with the hiring manager. Not only does this show your appreciation for the opportunity, but it also reinforces your interest in the job and the company.
Thanedar Diwan is the founder and CEO of workhap, where he has helped thousands of people get their dream jobs. He has been recognized as a LinkedIn Top Voice for Job Search & Careers and posts career advice daily LinkedIn, Instagram, youtube And TIC Toc,
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