How to Read the Interviewer’s Mind: Thoughts to Consider before Your Next Transition

By Kim Monaghan

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No, I’m not an expert on mind reading, nor do I suggest bringing a crystal ball to your next interview. What I am encouraging, is for you to think like an interviewer during your next transition. What interviewers seek to hear from a potential candidate is roughly the same qualities that you would look for when hiring someone to care for your children or manage your money.

To begin, you would like to know if they are capable of performing the job, if they have a strong work ethic, if they are likable, creative, trustworthy and of course, if they plan to stick around for a while.

So if you really could read the interviewer’s mind, you would probably see the following questions ruminating around in there somewhere.

So now that you have read their minds take some time to reflect on how your resume, cover letter and interview responses will answer these questions and put them at ease. You can do so by delivering solid answers and backing them up with concrete actions and results. 

Remember, it is not your job to shower an interviewer with tales of your adventures or lull them into a mystical trance. It is your job, however, to take their queries under serious consideration and convince them that they will never regret hiring you.


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