How to Impress Hiring Manager at Job Interview

How to Impress Hiring Manager at Job Interview - Think about this as your only chance to prove to the hiring manager that you suit the role. You will do anything to make it work. The way to do it right is by collecting information that can help your job interview. If you want to do it right, start it with preparation.

1. Do a research before interview

The hiring managers are usually experienced in interviewing various types of candidates. They can tell whether the candidates are prepared for the job interview or not making an effort at all. The first one is more appealing than the latter according to most hiring managers.

The research that you need to do is to find the company’s history, values, mission, products, and services. If you feel like there's more specific information about the company that you need to find them, you should go for it. The more information you receive from the company, the better.

You can also observe about the industry and how the company runs it. This can give you an idea about how this company works and how you should put yourself in this company. In that sense, you can understand the culture of this company only after doing your research.

Next, learn about the company’s competitor. If you can find the right information, the hiring manager will totally be more interested in you. As this finding can be quite sensitive, it’s much more important to concern whether you can deliver this matter properly or should this actually be delivered anyway.

The next important thing after doing research is to know how to process the information and deliver it properly. Not every information you have received should be mentioned to the hiring manager. You need to filter it based on the basic principle by asking yourself: is this information necessary to be mentioned. The company’s competitor is one of the sensitive subjects that you should reconsider before mentioning to the hiring manager.

Lastly, you can do this research online. Any information regarding any company is usually available on the internet. If you have colleagues or networks that have knowledge about the company you’re applying to, you can ask them as well.

2. Dress Appropriately

To dress appropriately, you need to also do a little research. You will have to find information about the dress code for the candidates coming to the job interview and dress accordingly. If the hiring company did not state any specific dress code or suggest you dress formally, you can wear professional work attire and check the details on interview outfits article from

On outfits matter, make sure to show up neat and clean. Showing up neat and clean shows the hiring manager that you take this interview chance seriously. It will add your appeal to them.

3. Show up early

Absolutely big no to being late at your own job interview. If you are late at your own job interview, you’re doomed. That’s why it’s important to be early by showing up at least an hour before the appointment schedule. Showing up near the appointment schedule will also make you nervous.

Showing up early can help you in having more time to recall if you already have prepared everything. If you miss something, you still have time to solve the problem. It can also reserve your energy because you will be less anxious if you have done your preparation well.

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1. Be enthusiastic and confident

Your enthusiasm should have burst out from your resume as soon as the hiring manager read it. So your responsibility is to liven up that enthusiasm with your presence when you finally meet the hiring manager. When you show your enthusiasm, even if you are actually nervous, it can boost your confidence that leads to how well you carry yourself for the job interview.

By releasing enthusiasm outwardly, you are turning your negative nervousness into positive. Exercising to show enthusiasm consciously could affect your brain and body positively. It means sure, you can be nervous about a job interview, but you still can turn the negative nervousness into positive if you emphasize your enthusiasm through your body language and communication skills.

2. Be present

What does it mean by being present? Technically, your whole body need to be present in front of the hiring manager. But that’s not the point about being present. It means you need to engage with the hiring manager mindfully.

No looking around the room when you start the interview with the hiring manager. No looking at the floor, ceiling, or anywhere. Engage eye contact with the hiring manager instead and maintain a friendly eye contact. Not only does it mean you respect your counterpart when it’s their turn to talk, but also it can help you to stay focused during the interview.

Sit straight. Whether your job interview is in person or online, showing a good posture will be appealing to the hiring manager. It means you are focused, your body alert to the situation, and it will make you stay focused since you have to maintain a good posture.

Put your phone in silent mode and keep it inside your bag before the interview starts. You can get back to your phone later but during the interview, prevent any chance of disruption. You don’t want your phone to ring loudly in the middle of an interview all of the sudden that makes you need to excuse yourself.

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3. Be cooperative

The main reason a hiring manager accepts a candidate’s application is because they believe this candidate they chose can fit the company’s standard and will work well with the employees of this company. You can show them that you fit for this role by being cooperative throughout the interview. Demonstrate that you are a good listener, communicative, and attentive.

In order to be cooperative, you need one quality, adaptability. If you can adapt to your environment quickly, this is a strong quality that can benefit you in such a situation. Being adaptable and cooperative will make it easier for you and the hiring manager to carry the conversation and the mood to stay bright.

4. Impress the hiring manager with your answer

Here comes the main task. You have done the previous tips well and finally got into the actual challenge, to explain why you’ll make a great employee if the hiring manager employs you. Below are several things that you need to know in order to be able to impress the hiring manager with your answer.

  • Show your passion
    It’s the basic principle that showing your passion can make your positive attitude shine. When the hiring manager asks you about yourself, your vision, and your career vision, that’s when you can express how passionate you are about it to impress them. Your enthusiasm in talking about your passion appeals to them.
  • Offer your potential
    When the hiring manager asks you the reason you are interested with the job or the company, answer with the skills you’d offer to the company that can add value for the company. Explain how your skills can contribute to the company and how valuable it is. Connect how the company’s goals are in line with your goals. If you are not the type of person with grand vision, you can give a modest answer as long as you can be yourself, honest, and realistic.
  • Talk about your story
    It’s important to notice that the story you tell them is not just a personal story that has nothing to do with this interview, your job position, and the company. Though they ask you something personal and related to you as an individual, you need to answer the question with a knack that supports the chance of you getting hired. Mention about the story where your contribution in a group leads to a great result. This is the kind of story that makes them impressed with you.

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5. Ask thoughtful questions

Usually the hiring managers would offer you to ask them questions before closing the interview. Use this chance to ask thoughtful questions. Think about this chance to reciprocate how well the hiring manager carried the job interview conversation. When you turn back their effort with thoughtful questions, it can touch their heart and lead them to think how professional, forward-thinking, and impressive you are.

The questions can be related to duties, requirements, office structure, culture, promotion, vision and mission of the company, and questions related to the job interview process itself. Here’s few questions that you can ask them.

  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  • What’s the most important thing I should accomplish in the first ninety days?
  • Who does this position report to? If I am offered the position, can I meet them before making my final acceptance decision?
  • Do you have a policy for helping new members of the team get on board?
  • What are the biggest rewards of the job and working for this company?
  • What is the best part of working for this company?
  • What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
  • Do you provide professional development opportunities?
  • How would you describe this company’s values?
  • Is there anything I should have asked you about?

6. Give last good impression before you leave the room

As soon as the job interview is wrapped up, you can still have the opportunity to impress the hiring manager. Say thank you and good bye to the hiring manager before you leave the room with a bright smile.

There can be a special place for a candidate who can be memorable to the hiring manager. Sometimes it’s the person’s charm, sometimes it’s just luck. If you think you don’t have any of those qualities and potential, it’s always better to show up modestly, polite, and humble during a job interview.

7. Send a thank you note after the interview ends

Send a thank you note to the hiring manager by email or text within 24 hours. If there’s anything that you need to add because you were unable to do it during the interview, you are allowed to express it. The key to send the thank you note is to keep it brief and to the point. It’s also important to emphasize your interest in the job and make your application stay in their mind. So you will get a follow up on the status of your hiring process.

Here’s a template of ‘thank you for the interview’ email you can use as a reference for yourself.

Subject: thank you for the interview

Dear [the hiring manager’s name],

Thank you for meeting with me today to discuss the [job title] position available at [company or organization name]. I enjoyed meeting with you [the hiring manager’s name] and learning more about [details of the job, company, culture, and work environment.]

I have always been passionate about ASEAN and it’s started since my first year as an International Relations student. The dynamics of ASEAN country members is interesting and this region itself consists of countries with various identities. Such a rich region. It makes me eager to further my contribution for ASEAN as a researcher. I enjoyed our discussion about ASEAN 2030: Toward a Borderless Economic Community as well. It gives me an idea about the many goals ASEAN wants to achieve and the obstacles that challenge ASEAN’s progress. I am excited for the opportunity to work as a researcher in the ASEAN department. I feel that my professional experience in contributing for ASEAN and my interest in ASEAN can further this organization’s vision if my application is accepted. [refer the second paragraph with specific conversations from the interview and highlight your top qualifications as well as emphasize how these would benefit the company]

Please let me know if I can provide you with any additional references or other information. I look forward to hearing from you regarding the next steps. Thank you again for your time and consideration.


[your name]

[your phone number]

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Hopefully this article can help you in preparing for your job interview. Your genuine enthusiasm in a job interview must be visible to the hiring manager. It can also boost your confidence and make the interview process go well with your positivity by turning negative nervousness into positive. Good luck with your job interview!

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