When it comes to job interviews, there’s no room for guesswork or mistakes. That’s why preparing for the phone call or in-person chat is vital. But instead of wasting your time reading generic interview questions, get focused by seeing what candidates at the particular company have said about the interview and what the process is like. Check out hundreds of interview reviews on Glassdoor to get the inside scoop.
Want a bit more help in preparing for your interview? Sure, no problem. We reached out to the 2017 Best Place to Interview winners to ask what they want to see from you, the candidate. Here’s they break down what skills, attributes and answers they want to get from you when you interview for them. Dig in and prepare like a pro.
“The skills that I would want to see from senior candidates are the soft skills needed to be successful in the particular position that aren’t teachable or very hard to teach such as, the ability to be flexible, put others first, have a concern for safety first, customer service skills, etc. In most cases, you can teach hard skills. Qualities and characteristics in senior candidates should consist of a polished and professional demeanor. Senior candidates should possess flexibility and an open mind yet be strong enough to support his/her thoughtsand suggestions. Senior candidates should be confident in their ability to do the job as well as be a mentor or coach for those that are new. A good senior candidate will know the job and the skills needed to be successful but will be open to learning new ideas and processes. Must be open to learning new skills and information.” —Whitney Fugate, Team Leader in the Adult Acute Unit at SSM Health DePaul Hospital
“Research our company so you can have a smart conversation about things like the conscientious ways we get products to market, or our commitment to the community. Anytime a candidate can talk about the company beyond ‘I like your clothes! I’ve been buying them since I was a kid,’ I’m super impressed.” —Recruiters at Gap Inc.
“No two candidates are the same, nor would we want them to be! Each candidate has their own unique personality, skill set, goals and potential. At Cerner, we focus on key attributes like agility, accountability, innovation, and collaboration that we believe are crucial to an associates success. A candidate that is able to articulate how they have displayed these attributes in the past and how they can bring these strengths to our culture at Cerner is a candidate that stands out above the rest.” —Heather Evans, Sr Recruiting Partner at Cerner Corporation
“It’s important to have integrity, a sense of servanthood, and a sense of humility. These qualities translate into doing the right thing, putting the care of others first, and relating well to others.”—Kirsten C., Recruiter at Baylor Scott & White Health
“If you have an interview with a hiring manager, either on the phone or face to face, you have that person’s name. Take the time to look them up on LinkedIn — not to recite their entire résumé back to them, but to show that you have a level of investment in the position. That makes you different from candidates who don’t bother to do a little extra.” —Recruiters at Gap Inc.
“Positive energy, team player, dedicated to our mission/values, patient-focused, compassionate, open to change, forward thinking, and driven are some of the characteristics that most stand out to me.” —Jessie Pace, Talent Specialist at SSM Health
“The work we do is challenging and transformative, so we look for candidates that can articulate personal motivations and commitment to shape the future of our industry. When discussing previous employment, it’s great when a candidate can highlight their accomplishments and successes through specific examples and business impacts. Innovating at the intersection of technology, health, and care, our environment is ever-changing. We look for future Associates that demonstrate flexibility and adaptability while taking on a variety of responsibilities.” —Jessica Lamb, Manager & Lead Campus Recruiter at Cerner Corporation
“Booz Allen has exceptional people empowered to change the world – to excel, do right, and to generate positive change in everything we do. We bring bold thinking and a desire to be the best in our work of solving our clients’ complex challenges. So we’re looking for senior candidates that are technical experts that also possess a business mindset — leaders who are working at the bleeding edge of technology within their lines of business. The right senior leader approaches problems consultatively and is a great representation of Booz Allen. This translates into senior leaders who empower their teams to proactively seek innovative strategies for solving the missions of our clients in ways you can see and touch.” —Scott Barish, Digital Solutions Recruiting Lead at Booz Allen Hamilton
“I want them to be good listeners, intelligent and open to making mistakes and learning from them. I also want them to be humble and supportive with their teams.” —Stormy Anderson, HR Leader at SSM Health
“One of the important qualities I look for in a senior candidate is their enthusiasm about the opportunity. They may have the required experience and background, but I want to be able to see that they genuinely want to work for our company. We want to hire the candidate that has the experience and shows us why they want the job, not the candidate that just has the experience.” —Brian Abucay, Senior Recruiter at Cadence Design System
“Someone that is vulnerable in the interview. Not just giving canned answers but someone who is honest and leads with humility and is relatable. High emotional intelligence and maturity; Candidates that think strategically as opposed to reactively.” —Hiring Managers at Academy Sports + Outdoors
“The skills qualities and characteristics I look for in a candidate: A connection in some way to our value statement. I look for word choices in key questions such as why did you select health care: “I love to care for patients, I am compassionate, my family has been a patient here and the staff is increasable and I want to do that – make a difference in someone’s life.” —Jenny Bothun, Registered Nurse at SSM Health