What Hiring Managers Want From You in an Interview

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Things to Remember During Your Interview

Jobs interviews can be a bit intimidating.

You have one part of your brain telling you not to get over excited, and one part of you saying that you need to show that you’re passionate.

There are several things that hiring managers want to hear and see from you during an interview that you can work on with friends and family members prior to your interview.

If you need help prepping for interviews, click the following link for a crash course in job interviews. In the meantime, work on these qualities so that hiring managers know you’re the person for the job!

Openness to Change

Especially during the pandemic, there are so many new factors to consider when applying for jobs.

There’s always a chance that a job will go back and forth between being remote and being in-office. There’s also a chance that you may end up needing to move for the job, or even learn some new skills in general. Make sure you let them know that you are flexible and open to whatever changes are necessary to get the job done!


Nobody wants to work with a jerk. During your interview, make sure that you are both polite and professional. If it boils down to you and one other person getting a job, but you were impolite during your interview, the hiring manager may be likely to hire the other person because they were more polite during their interview. This can also be the case even if they you are more qualified than them.

Make sure that you are kind during your interview, and thank them for the opportunity to speak with them. Also, be social! If you can spend a few minutes having a casual conversation with them about something non-work related, you will make yourself memorable!

If you end up working for this hiring manager, they are going to be spending so much of their time with you, so make sure they know that you are a job to be around.


Take a look at the job description for this position. Look at all of the requirements for the job. From there, think of a story relating to each requirement that shows how you know what you’re doing in that field.

It’s one thing to say that you know what you’re doing, but if you can tell a story that gives the hiring manager and example of how you know how to do that job, you’re sure to impress them.


Hiring managers want to know that you have goals for yourself in your career. When you’re asked where you see yourself in five years, show that you’ve put some thought into your future.

Give reasonable goals that you have set yourself, and explain how you are working to obtain those goals.


Don’t go into the interview without knowledge of the company, or a list of questions that you want to ask.

You need to show that you care about the job enough to do some research on what they do. Show that you have an understand of how they operate, and explain some of your thoughts for if/when you would start working.

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