Advice Hiring Managers Want Job Seekers to Know

Searching for a job is a process that requires navigating through a lot of unspoken rules. Job seekers and hiring managers have two different sets of needs, so it’s important to bridge that gap if you want to get the job. See things from the hiring manager’s perspective to improve your job search – check out this advice hiring managers want job seekers to know:

  1. Details Are Important

An outstanding resume and compelling cover letter may not be enough to overcome slacking on the little things. Hiring managers evaluate you not only on your application materials, but also how well you follow directions and how professional you act in other non-interview interactions (such as email correspondence or the phone call to set up the interview).

  1. Enthusiasm is Always Appreciated

Don’t shy away from showing that you’re excited about the prospect because of a fear of seeming desperate. While it’s great to show your confidence, don’t take it too far seem cold and uncaring about getting the job. Be truthful about why you want the job and why you’re enthusiastic – as long as you’re respectful and not overly aggressive, it will work in your favor.

  1. Prove Your Claims

Steer clear of describing yourself in subjective terms (for instance, if you say you’re an “energetic, creative go-getter,” hiring managers may be likely to think, “Says who?”). Instead, convey the same point by focusing on objective examples or produced results whenever possible.

  1. Personality Counts

Don’t try to pretend to be someone you’re not just to get a job. Jobs should be mutually beneficial, and if you don’t naturally fit into company culture, it will likely be an unsatisfying or even miserable experience for you. It doesn’t mean you’re not a talented candidate – it just means a place with a different type of environment may be a better fit.

  1. Answer One Question – Why?

At the end of the day, the main point you need to convince hiring managers of is why you’re a better pick than the other candidates (who likely have very similar backgrounds). Always be thinking about what specific value you could add and what makes you different. Prepare a pitch (a two to three sentence summary) that you can easily deliver to hiring managers to answer that very important question.


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