Your thoughts: There’s now as much pressure on the hiring manager to ‘get it right’ in the interview, as there is the candidate.

There are two big factors at play in the job market right now. There’s the much publicised ‘skills shortage’ or ‘talent crisis’, which has got recruiters rethinking their game plan to hook the best candidates. And job seekers are prioritising wellbeing over salary, with a much greater emphasis on work-life balance – and certainly within my industry, I am seeing more and more employers willing to consider flexible terms if it nets them the right candidate.

So what does this all mean for your next job interview? Here are a few of my top tips when preparing to face your hiring manager:

Turn the tables…

At some point in the interview, your hiring manager will ask if you have any questions. Take this as your opportunity to put them in the hot seat, keeping in mind the work-life structure that you’re striving for:

  • Ask whether they value a traditional working structure or if they consider flexible working patterns, such as remote working or hours to suit your family/lifestyle needs.
  • Ask how they help their people to feel valued.
  • Ask about their company culture – what perks they offer.

And of course, be prepared for the ‘bog-standard’ questions…

As well as answering questions about the technicalities of your role, make sure you’re prepared to tackle these commonly asked questions:

  • Why do you want to leave your current job?
  • What is it about this role/company that appeals to you?
  • Has there ever been a situation that you could have handled differently?
  • In what ways do you match our values?
  • Why should we choose you?
  • What would your colleagues say about you?
  • What are your greatest accomplishments?

When you meet with a hiring manager, go with the frame of mind that you’re also interviewing them for the role. This attitude works wonders for those who perhaps lack a little confidence, and it really does increase your chances of getting what you want from you next role.

Good luck to any would-be candidates and if you have any tips or thoughts of your own to share, please do join the conversation.

At IRC we have openings in the UK, Dubai and further afield, and I will say that right now is a great time to take advantage of the job market, make a play for your dream role and don’t be afraid to negotiate your terms. I’m here to help you.