What to Know How to Impress Hiring Managers?

If you want to impress the Hiring Manager in your next interview, you need to be able to answer the tough interview questions correctly.

I am giving you the best way to answer the most common tough interview questions, so you can impress the Hiring Manager and land your dream job.


Question #1: Tell Me About Yourself?

What the hiring manager is really asking …

“How do your work history, education, transferable skills and professional aspirations relate to the job?”

Savvy answer: This question is used as the ice breaker in many interviews, so keep your answer short. You want to leave plenty of time for the juicier questions.

This is not the time to tell the Hiring Manager your whole life story. They don’t want to hear about your mischievous kids, how the family dog ruined your hardwood floors or how much you love soccer.

The Hiring Manager does want to hear about your background and how you could be a good match for the position. The best way to respond is to stick to business.

Here’s a good format to follow:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Offer your current status (do you want to change your current job or are you engaged in a full-time job search?).
  • Clarify what you do.
  • Describe one or two things you’ve accomplished or excel at that relate to the position.
  • Mention why you decided to apply for this position.


Here are two sample scripts:

Script 1: My name is John Smith, and I’ve been a Software Manager for 10 years at Microsoft, where I manage a team of five Software Engineers. The team I manage has successfully shipped three products in the last six years. I want to take what I’ve learned in a very large company and apply those skills to the smaller start-up environment.

Script 2: I’m Cara Johnson. I am currently looking full time for my next opportunity. I am a Project Manager with 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. In my previous position at T-Mobile I led a team of four people, and implemented procedures that are now being used companywide. I enjoy the work Project Managers do and plan to continue my career in this area, and your position looks like a great match with my skills and background.


Question #2: Why are you looking to leave your current job?

What the Hiring Manager is really asking …

            “What do you not like about your current job?”

Savvy answer: No matter why you’re leaving your current job, be honest and keep your answer positive. In an interview, negative answers seldom work in your favor, even if they’re true. If you’re having a difficult time with your boss, the workload or personalities at work, your future employer does not want to hear about it. Never bad-mouth your previous employer and co-workers; this will definitely make you sound negative. Instead, talk about things you want to do that you are not able to do in your current job.


Here are two sample scripts:

Script 1: My current company is very large and it’s difficult to work on all areas of a project. I’m only able to work on a small part of the larger projects. So, I’m looking to join a smaller company where I can participate in all areas of a project, from end to end.

Script 2: Due to a mass reorganization of the company, my entire department was eliminated. I’m now looking to join a company that is an excellent match for my skills and experience as a Java Developer.


Question #3: Why do you want to work here?

What the Hiring Manager is really asking …

            “Will you fit into the company culture? Are you genuinely interested in the job?”

Savvy answer: First and foremost, getting this answer right depends on the research you do before the interview. Find out as much as you can about the company and its culture, the products they produce and their missions and values.

If they’re a publically traded company, look at their public financial reports and any other public records you can find. This will also help you determine if you really do want to work for this company.

Second, when you respond to this question, don’t make it all about you. The Hiring Manager doesn’t want to hear that you want to advance your career or make more money. They want to hear what you are going to do for them.


Here are two sample scripts:

Script 1: I’ve been researching your company, and I’m convinced that my working style and skill set are a great match with your company culture. I believe I can make a real difference in this position, and add value to your projects.

Script 2: I’ve read about the amazing Android your company has created and I’d love to help you create more products like that. With my background and skill level, I’m sure I can add value to your current Product Management team right away.