Do a Google search on "interviewing skills" and you'll get 526,000 results on anything from dress and hygiene, body language, story-telling, and questions to ask and not ask. For job seekers serious about upping their interview game, you need a clearer target.
What do you shoot for to really impress your hiring manager and get that offer? Well, plenty of data out there suggest different things, like, for example, "being interesting."
That's according to data by Scribd. They found that 76 percent of hiring managers in their survey think "being interesting" is the top trait they look for when interviewing candidates.
But seriously, not every person has the capacity of "being interesting" since that variable is so personality driven and not necessarily a "skill" you can prepare for to ace your interview. But it is the preference of many, including billionaire Richard Branson, who thinks personality should trump skill. He tells Forbes:
Personality before [resume]. A person who has multiple degrees in your field isn't always better than someone with broad experience and a wonderful personality.
The Best Data for Your Interview Preparation
If you're not 100 percent confident in pulling off that great interview on personality or your ability to "be interesting," employment review site Glassdoor has got your back.
Glassdoor recently surveyed 750 hiring decision makers to find out what they thought were the critical skills a job candidate should have to ensure a great interview.
Nine in ten (88%) hiring decision makers say "an informed candidate is a quality candidate." When informed candidates come into the initial phases of an interview process locked and loaded, hiring managers acknowledge "they know more and self-select for the positions that are right for them," which make them quality candidates and the hiring process a lot easier.
What does an informed candidate look like, according to survey respondents? Here's a description, straight from Glassdoor:
- They are prepared for interview and asks pertinent questions
- They demonstrates the right experience
- They are knowledgeable about the job role and the organization's culture and values
- They area prepared so that they have the right expectations about compensation and benefits
- They are engaged in their job search
- They are relevant as they present a customized resume or cover letter
- They are more thoughtful about where he/she works
The Justification for Hiring Informed Candidates
If you're not convinced yet, there's a good bet an informed candidate in the interview process will become a high-performer, someone that will stick around long term and succeed for your company. Here are the top benefits for hiring one, according to survey results:
- Better employee retention
- More productive employee
- More engaged employee
- Better team player
- Improved employee experience
- Better source for employee referrals