Is the interviewer a Professional?

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What should we pay attention to when the interviewer is a Professional in Human Resources and when he’s not?

In a job interview we might find different types of interviewers, in this opportunity we’ll analyse the differences that we should consider when the person in charge is a PHR and when he’s not.

All interviewer’s mission is finding the perfect candidate. The interview is the moment of the truth, where they can pay attention to different aspects of people’s personalities that they might have overlooked when reading the résumé. For the better or the worse, they’ll be watching all the applicant’s movements.

An interviewer (not a PHR) will recruit employers based on the capacity the applicants have in relation to the task they must perform in the company. For example: “What to do in case of…”, “how would you solve this problem?” etc. It’s possible that they ask you about your personal interests, goals inside the company, your income aspirations, among others.

Is the interviewer a Professional
Is the interviewer a Professional

This is why you must study the company you’ve applied to, their goals, their necessities, and establish your income expectations according to what they’re willing to pay.

In both cases the applicant must bring a résumé that asides of having words written on, can reflect what the person is; it’s important to be punctual, cordial and formal. Being calm and self-assured will be the key, as well as showing a positive and energetic attitude. Body movements will also play a big part in the interview, and interviewers will be paying extra attention to them.

When we’re facing a PHR, the interview can be a little different; they might use some resources that can push a person to its limits.

We must be prepared, for example, to face a focus group interview, where we’ll have to answer questions in front of everybody, express ourselves, make comments and talk about our personal skills.

This is done to see how the candidates react to situations where they must show their personalities and the ability to talk in front of an audience. Being prepared is essential in this situation.

Another method that’s used, is making tricky or captious questions that need to be answered using our intellect, and will show one’s power to handle situations under pressure.

The most frequent tricky questions are:

  1. What are your aspirations inside the company?

It’s usually a mistake to show yourself too ambitious. The focus must be directed to growing as a professional inside the company, before talking about higher wages or getting promotions.


  1. How would you describe your experience in your old job?

The best here is not to talk bad about your last job, it’s better to say that what you’re really looking for is to grow (if they ask why you’ve quitted) and always describe the past experiences as enriching.


  1. Why do you consider yourself a good candidate for this charge?

It always happens that the applicants talk about their personal skills. What a PHR wants, is that they talk about the abilities they will have to do the job, especially related to organization and leadership skills.

It often occurs that the interviewer sometimes has abrupt changes in its personality, for instance he can become a bit aggressive or impatient, or creates uncomfortable silences. This is done in order to make the situation somehow awkward and see how the applicants would act in future working situations. So hold it together and keep your composure at all times.

The best is to have studied the company and the position you’re aiming beforehand. You can get information on the web or by asking someone who we know that has worked there.

It’s vital that we’re interested in the job, that we’re motivated about it so that we can present ourselves knowing that we’re capable of offering something unique to the company.

A Professional of the Human Resources will always be looking for signs in the candidates, this is the reason it’s so easy to fall into their traps. Never relax completely in the interview; this makes you lose focus, always make eye contact with the interviewer to show them all your confidence.
Finally, have a nice, relaxed and self-assured posture. All of this should be enough to have a completely good job interview.


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