/ Asked by Lyra
Would you hire candidates with demonstrated skills and proficiencies but don't do well in formal interview settings?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
While it’s important to do well in an interview, it’s also equally as important that a candidate have the needed skills and proficiencies. It’s important that you can speak well to your skills in an interview to demonstrate your competency. You should be able to speak in depth about each experience you list on your resume. If you can’t speak well to your skills, the interviewer may take that as a sign that you aren’t as experienced as your resume portrays. Most interviewers will understand you are nervous and will assess you more on the answers you provide rather than how you deliver them, dependent upon the type of position you’re interviewing for. I would recommend doing an online search for common interview questions and practice your answers ahead of time. This will help better prepare you for your interview. If you’re still in school, you could also work with your career services office. A lot of career services offices will conduct mock interviews with students and coach you on how to improve your interview skills.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
It would depend on what area that the candidate didn’t do well in and the level in which they did it poorly. If they interviewed a little nervous, that is not a big deal to me, in fact in some cases it can be enduring and show that you are really interested in the opportunity. The same thing goes with a minor hick-up in the outfit, or slightly off communication skills. The key to all of these areas is that they can be overlooked if they are minor. However, if a candidate had major flags in many areas it would be difficult to move forward with an offer.
If you have found yourself in a situation in which you feel like you have performed poorly in an interview, that is ok, join the rest of us. It happens to everyone, and the best thing to do is move on and not dwells on it. If are reflecting and feel like you had a major blunder, my recommendation is to send an email of apology. That will stand out more than anything. It takes a big person to recognize a mistake and send a sincere apology afterwards.
If you think that you interview poorly in formal interview settings, try these things to see if they help you out:
1) Practice talking about yourself. First do this alone and in a mirror, and then do it with a friend or family member. Focus on making the conversations sound new and exciting and be sure to express your passion.
2) Visualize! Athletes who visualize their performances tend to do 25% better than those who don’t. This also goes for us too. Help ease your nerves by doing a visualization of the interview and how you do.
3) Think of the team that is interviewing you as people that you want to get to know, to see if you would like to work with them. Ask them about their background and be curious about their professional life. This is a great way to help fill awkward silences and gaps.
4) Never go into an interview with all your eggs in one basket. This is too much pressure. Go into it with a mindset of being curious about the opportunity. This helps with nerves as well.
Best wishes to you!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 6, 2015
There are two ultimate goals an interviewer is wanting to gain from an interview - One, gaining a deeper understanding of your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular area and two, obtaining an understanding of how you will fit within the culture of their company.  As an interviewer, if after the interview, I feel confident about the candidate in these two areas, then yes, I would potentially make a job offer to them.  That does not mean, however, that how you perform in the interview does not matter.  Most companies now use behavioral based interviews on which the interviewee is measured in some way.  The idea of these interviews is that your past performance will predict your future behavior.  If you provide strong responses to questions, you will do fine in these interviews.  Therefore, it is very important that you prepare for an interview.  Research interview questions on the internet and prepare yourself for what type of responses you will give.

A good interviewer will work hard to make the interviewee comfortable and relaxed in the interview.  This is the best way to get meaningful responses from them.  If you are prepared and the interviewer helps you to relax, then your anxiety about the interview should subside and you will perform well. 
Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Good Question, while I cant speak for everybody, I can say in a recent seminar I went to I learned that typically the interviewer knows in the first 15 seconds of meeting you if they want to hire you. That being said, in your next interview try to relax and be yourself, you will do great! Good luck in your job search!!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, March 5, 2015
The honest truth is that it is very important to do well in the formal interview. Does it have to be flawless? Do you have to absolutely knock the interviewer’s socks off? Not necessarily, and it likely depends on the level of competition for that particular job. But it is important for the interviewer to leave the experience with an overall positive impression of you. That’s why it’s important to practice. Role play the interview with a mentor or friend.
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