We’ve all anxiously awaited an interview. Entering the lobby, being escorted to the meeting room, sitting in the chair in front of a stranger who may potentially become your boss—we’ve all been there, and we all probably don’t want to have to go through it again. Interviews are scary, no doubt. Will the hiring manager like me? Am I qualified for the job? Does my breath smell OK? The same concerns, both major and minor, run rampant through every interviewees head.

But, have you ever considered what goes through the employer’s mind during an interview? Are they eager to fill the position, and nervous that the process is taking too long? Are they concerned that his breath smells?

Since not everyone has experience being the interviewer, we are here to give you some insight into their thoughts. Your interviewer isn’t out to get you. In fact, they liked you enough to bring you into their office to chat face to face. Hopefully this insider knowledge will help settle your qualms the next time you walk into an interview.

What is my first impression?

After you polished your resume and submitted your job application, landing an interview means you are one step closer to securing the job. If you do get an interview, that means that the recruiter or hiring manager resonated with your professional skills.

However, interviewers are more likely to remember their impressions of you instead of just plain facts. The hiring manager is looking for ways to remember you. Whether it be through your clothing choices, an unusual fact, or a challenging task you overcame, interviewers are always watching and listening. Luckily, this means that you have the power to decide what they remember you by. Try to come up with one or two notable facts about yourself that you can highlight to make you stand out.

Will we work well together?

Perhaps the most important question an interviewer is thinking about is if they will work well with you. How many times have you worked with someone that you just don’t like? Chances are at least once. So why would your potential future employer want to work with someone they might not get along with?

Long story short, no two managers are alike. They all have different leadership styles and managers know exactly which type they possess. If the hiring manager has a very hands-on approach to leading and you appear to be a fairly independent, autonomous worker, then it might not be the perfect match.

At the end of the day, the interviewer just wants to hire someone who will work well with both them and their team. Keep this in mind and don’t be discouraged if the job isn’t yours at the end of the day.

Are they passionate about the company and the role?

When preparing for an interview, we’ve all been told to make our passion for the company and the role known. So, of course, the interviewer wants to see just that.

When undergoing an extensive job search, every company you interview with is probably not your dream company—and that is completely OK. The most important thing is that you pinpoint something you find interesting about the company you are interviewing for.

Did the department you are interested in just finish a unique project? Has the company just received an award for the workplace culture? Do some research and try to mention these topics of interest during the interview. Not only will this show that you are curious and passionate about the company, but that you also did some research ahead of time.

The next time you step into an interview, whether it’s because you are switching careers or moving up in the workplace, there is no need to be afraid of the person sitting at the other side of the table. Now you know what is most likely running through their head. Use this insider knowledge to your advantage and go claim that job!

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