What Hiring Managers Notice during Interviews

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What Hiring Managers Notice during Interviews

Walk into your in-person interview dressed to impress, confident, and ready to sell yourself with this helpful information on hiring managers.

Congratulations on your interview! You’ve spent hours updating your resume and making sure that you look great on paper, and now it’s time to prepare for an in-person interview with the hiring manager.

The interview process helps the employer determine if you are qualified for the job and if your values and goals align with the position. Some companies require several interviews, but others decide after a single meeting.

Understanding what the hiring managers notice during the interview will help you walk into the meeting with confidence and clarity.

Key Areas Assessed by Hiring Manager

The interview is a meeting between the job candidate and the hiring manager, human resource personnel, the employer, or another representative.

The interview process is conducted either in person, through email, videoconferencing, or over the phone.

The hiring manager is usually in charge of the in-person job interview, and it is their job to make sure that you match the qualifications and that you will thrive in the environment. The hiring manager is looking at the following key areas during the in-person interview:

  • Discovering if you have worked in similar environments
  • Assessing your overall demeanor
  • Discovering your core values
  • Evaluating how you like to be managed and if you align with the management style
  • Determining if you meet the qualifications needed to perform the job
  • Confirming that you carefully reviewed the job description and understood the position
  • Perceiving if you appear excited about the opportunity

First Impressions

First impressions are critical and irreversible. Your appearance and actions make a statement from the moment you step through the door.

  1. Arrive Early

You should arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled interview.

  1. Dress Professionally

You must look the part, and the way you dress for the interview speaks volumes. The term “dress for success” is highly applicable in this situation.

  1. Bring Essentials

Bring several copies of your resume, your references, and any specific documents that the interviewer requests. Bring a small notepad and pen to jot notes. Keep whatever you bring with you to a minimum, do not bring a laptop or electronics unless the interviewer has requested those items.

  1. Treat the Receptionist Kindly

Introduce yourself to the receptionist and treat them kindly. Most hiring managers ask the receptionist for their impression.

  1. Put Your Phone Away

Turn your ringer and buzzer off, and put your phone away. Give the hiring manager and interview team your complete attention from the moment you step through the door.

  1. Introduction

Be professional and be the first to extend your hand. Introduce yourself to the hiring manager and panel. It’s essential to make a positive impression by having good posture, making eye contact, and giving a firm handshake.

  1. Pay Attention to the Interviewer’s Questions

Pay attention to the interviewer’s questions and answer as precisely and accurately as possible. Avoid rambling. Clarify your selling points by including them in the answers to the questions.


The interview is your chance to stand out from the other candidates. Begin preparing for the big day by researching the organization, studying the job description, preparing how your skills line up with the position and reviewing the critical skills needed.

Familiarize yourself with common behavioral-based interview questions by looking online. And be ready to discuss anything that you have included on your resume. Finally, dress professionally!

The clothing you wear for an interview shows that you recognize that standards exist and that you’re willing to follow workplace directives.

Your professional attire will also boost your confidence and assist you in making a great impression. The hiring manager will make a note of your clothing.

Dress to Impress

Dressing to impress takes some preparation. You will need to learn about the company in advance and how people dress for their job. Based on your findings, step it up a notch to ensure that you make a good impression.

After being hired, you can alter your appearance to fit the everyday business norm. But, for the interview, you should dress one to two levels better than the average employee.

Stepping it up means that if jeans and polo shirts are the standard attire, choose to wear business casual pants with a sports jacket. When dress pants with a jacket are the norm, wear a suit and tie to the interview.

When you arrive dressed to impress, the hiring manager will notice that you prepared by researching the standard attire and that you are determined to demonstrate your ability to fit into the workplace dynamic.

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