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25 Things Your Interviewer is Thinking During Your Interview

This may come as a shock to some of you, but HR Managers are human beings. Yes, it’s true! They aren’t divine beings who magically know which applicant is “the one”. Deciding whether you’re right for a job requires them to find out who you are apart from your résumé. They do this by analyzing your appearance, your responses, your gestures, your body language. It’s fascinating. And even a little boring, especially after the ninth candidate of the day. Here are some of the very revealing thoughts the person sitting across from you might be having during your interview:

  1. Do I like you? Enough to consider hiring you even though you came to this interview wearing clogs? Clogs!
  2. Are you prepared for this interview? Have you read up about what our company does, what it stands for?
  3. Do you fully understand what this position entails?
  4. Do you really share our values? Can you live them on a daily basis?
  5. Will you contribute positively to our culture? Or will you be a drag?
  6. Why on earth can’t you stop fiddling with your hair?
  7. Are you “teachable”? Will I be able to manage you?
  8. Will you get along with your bosses, coworkers, customers, and clients? Will the team I have in mind appreciate you – even grouchy Jennifer?
  9. Why are you examining your shoes instead of maintaining eye contact with me?
  10. Do you look and behave as if you belong at our company?
  11. Will you be a good brand ambassador?
  12. What makes you stand out? What unique thing do you bring to the table?
  13. Can I get you to bring your price down by $10,000?
  14. Can I see you as a manager a few years from now?
  15. Are you a high-potential candidate? Can you make a difference here?
  16. Uh-oh, did you really just say that you hated your last boss?
  17. How do you compare to the other candidates that I’ve interviewed for this job? Do I like you more than the two or three other excellent applicants I’ve already put in my “possibles” file?
  18. Have you been totally honest about everything on your résumé?
  19. Because you do realize that I’ve checked out your Facebook and LinkedIn pages, right?
  20. Is that much perfume really necessary?
  21. Are you enthusiastic about working here? Or just desperate for a job, any job?
  22. Are you someone who will make your team look good? Are you someone who will make me look good?
  23. Are you going to ask some questions about the company? And not just about salary and vacation time?
  24. “What are the soft skills you need to successfully perform this job?” GREAT question, bravo! I think I’m going to put your name at the top of my “possibles” list!
  25. Can I sneak in a power nap before the next candidate?

About the author

Sophie Huss is the Global Director of Talent Acquisition & Training at Arkadin HQ in Paris. She has many years of in-depth experience in strategic and operational Marketing & HR in international environments. Fond of new technologies and digital transformation, Sophie uses her strong competences in digital marketing and lead generation to drive Human Resources (HR) to the digital world. In Digital Recruitment, that means employer branding, lead generation techniques applied to talent acquisition, central in-house talent acquisition organization, hiring processes, and deploying new HR Internal Systems, such as an Applicant Tracking System. For Learning & Development, it means developing onboarding and learning paths by job families, and deploying a Learning Management System (LMS) and global training programs. Building the Digital Workplace around the three pillars of Lifestyle, Workspace, and Tech Services is central to her philosophy, in order to transform and streamline Arkadin’s candidate and employee experience and lifecycle.

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