Throughout the hiring process, I have interviewed many times with different hiring managers, but these people were relatively experienced in the interviewing process. Many types of interviewers can be interviewing the applicant, and it is conceivable that some might be new to the interviewing process. It stands to reason in such circumstances, the applicant would have to be more proactive in selling himself / herself.
Besides the classic interview preparation keys such as those below:
- Be familiar with your resume, accomplishments and work experience
- Research the company - products, mission, recent news etc...
- Being prepared with relevant, insightful questions relating to the job sought such as expectations and culture.
Interviewing is about determining fit and qualifications for the role applied. Conducting research is essential to maximize one's preparation, target questions, and ease nervousness. In the experiences I had, interviewers often asked about ones previous work experience, hard skills, interpersonal relation(soft) skills, as well as knowledge about the job applied for.
When interviewing with a interviewer who's relatively new to interviewing candidates, what are some additional suggestions to maximize one professionalism and a positive first impression?