/ Asked by Laura
What are some detailed observations that companies look for and note when interviewing people? Whether is be body language or how a person talks, what else are they paying attention to and why?
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, December 2, 2013
Employers are paying attention to how well you answer you questions. Many use behavior-based questions that look for you to describe a situation, the challenge you faced, what action you took, what was the result, and how you evaluated success. They want to know what YOU did to contribute. They are also looking at your composure and clear, articulate communication. We coach our managers not to "note" comments about body language - as it's not a qualification or skill - however, your body language sends more of a message than your words. Before an interview, try to relax, take a few deep breaths, and don't worry about long pauses in your interview.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Prospective employers can gather a lot of information about a person from an interview, but the most important is going to be what you share verbally regarding your experience and qualifications. Companies are interested in what you’ve done in previous jobs or in school. They want to hear about specific situations; how you handled them and what results you achieved. You will want to share success stories, but it also doesn’t hurt to include a time things didn’t go quite right, but you still learned from the experience. You will also want to describe your qualifications. Your job during the interview will be to convince them that you have the right skill set, attitude, experience and qualifications for the position. Basically, communicate why they should hire you over other applicants. To answer this last question, think of yourself as a product. Why should the customer (prospective employer) select you? Sounds easy, but this can be pretty tough, so practice. Answer the question out loud to yourself – do you sound confident?

While your words are the most important, it doesn’t hurt to focus on the non-verbal as well. After all, you only get one shot to make a great first impression. So, dress professionally and be aware of your body language.

Why do companies pay attention to all of this? Bottom line – they want to know that you are listening and understand their needs and have what it takes to do the job. They want to know you are the solution.

Best of luck!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, December 5, 2013
First and foremost, employers are taking into consideration your responses to the questions they ask. Verbal communication is important, as well as clarity of thought. Interviewers are also impressed with people who come into interviews knowledgeable about the company that are interviewing for and it is important to have some end of interview questions prepared to show that you were engaged in the conversation and truly are interested in the job opportunity.
While what you say is definitely most important, body language is also an important factor. Making eye contact with the interviewer and speaking confidently about yourself and your past experiences is important to having a successful interview.

It is also important to remember that an interview is a conversation with another person. Try and relax before the interview and don’t be too nervous! Have answers to behavioral based questions and make sure you are knowledgeable and confident about the information that is written on your resume. Good luck!
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Thursday, December 5, 2013
Whether this be body language or how a person talks, what else are they paying attention to and why? Professional presence is always something that is being assessed during an interview – both consciously and unconsciously. You should always put your best foot forward in an interview. Make sure that your appearance is well thought out – dress professionally, and practice speaking in front of someone or in front of a mirror (if your college career center has a mock interview program – use it – you’ll be amazed). Practice answering general questions, keeping answers concise and intelligent. Your knowledge and understanding of the position you are interviewing for is also being assessed. Don’t go into an interview not knowing what the job is! It is OK to have questions, but make sure you do your homework and come prepared to the interview with an understanding of why you would be a good fit for the job/how you would add value and be able to articulate that. - Betsy, Accenture campus recruiter
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