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7 Tips For Job Seekers That Hiring Managers Want You To Know

1.  YOUR RESUME ISN’T AS IMPORTANT AS YOU PERCEIVE

Hiring managers get a much more accurate picture of who you are by evaluating your online persona—including your social handles, work portfolio, published articles, etc.—which are typically more up-to-date and honest than resumes. Ensure all these digital handles are strong and reflect on you well.

2.  HIRING MANAGERS DON’T WANT TO INTERVIEW YOU

They want to have a conversation with you to mutually decide if you should work together. Talk about each other’s goals, toss around ideas for growing the company, share your work philosophies, and see if you click.

3.  FUTURE GROWTH IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

Work history can provide helpful background, but the past is in the past. What’s at stake is the company’s future. What can you do today and tomorrow to advance organizational goals? Spend more time talking about the potential future work relationship rather than past positions.

4.  PUT ALL YOUR NEEDS FOR SUCCESS ON THE TABLE

Finding common ground with a hiring manager requires you to be upfront about your needs for success and happiness. By the same token, ask about the hiring manager’s needs. Do you jive?

5.  YOUR QUESTION INFLUENCE HOW HIRING MANAGERS EVALUATE YOU

Ask questions of every hiring manager you meet, even if it seems repetitive.  Your questions provide insight that every hiring manager wants – your interests, concerns, and passions.  By the same token, you’ll get nuanced responses from different people, which give you deeper perspective into whether the position is the right fit.

6.  YOU SHOULD COME VERIFIED

Hiring managers tend to favor candidates with whom they share mutual connections.  That’s because these candidates have already been vouched for by their trusted network.  Maintain a robust professional network to create one degree of separation from as many hiring managers as possible.

7.  HIRING MANAGERS WANT TO ENJOY THE PROCESS

Recruiting has a reputation for being a painful process. But it doesn’t have to be. Hiring managers appreciate the energy and enthusiasm you can bring to your conversations. You’re getting to know each other before embarking on a potentially new and exciting relationship, and there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be fun.

Recruiting and job seeking is a vulnerable and exciting time for everyone involved. We need to work together to make it a straightforward experience, not a cat and mouse game, so both sides can make the right decision.

Candidates, remain honest to yourself and to hiring managers, and hiring managers, meet candidates in the middle by bringing transparency and openness to the table. Use these tips to get on the same page and have job conversations about whether you should work together.

Written by Jerome Ternynck

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