Throughout your job hunt, you may be in touch with many hiring managers. There are a few things you should keep in mind. First and foremost, always be professional because the hiring manager might be your only connection to the company, unless you’ve been networking (which is always a good idea). If nothing else, you want to leave the hiring manager with the impression that you are professional and serious about your job hunt, because you never know if you will cross paths again.
Alison Green shared 10 secrets of hiring managers in a recent article. Here are my top picks that you should keep in mind when dealing with a hiring manager.
1. Hiring managers are VERY friendly because they want you to let your guard down
Just because they act like your friend, does not mean they are. Hiring managers want you to let your guard down so you reveal more about yourself than you normally would in an interview or professional relationship. Remember—they are working to eliminate candidates who aren’t a good fit. Don’t give them a reason to eliminate you.
2. Fit with the company really, really matters
If you didn’t get the job, it doesn’t necessarily mean you weren’t qualified for the position. Hiring managers are looking for quality candidates, but also for the candidate who would fit the best with the company. Maybe the company depends on teamwork and you came off as more of an individual worker. Company culture also comes into play. Don’t always assume you weren’t chosen because of a lack of qualifications.
3. Employers always underestimate how long it will take to fill a position
If they say they’ll get back to you next week, don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen. The hiring process includes many different steps, so delays are normal. If pressed for time, sending a follow up email is not a bad idea. But don’t be too aggressive; you have to let the process run its course.
4. The way you approach your job hunt will affect how happy you are in your new job
Never lie about your qualifications or exaggerate how much you know about a certain topic. If offered a position, you want to be happy in your new job. Lying about what you can do will land you right back on the job hunt.
Keep in mind that while hiring managers are judging you, you can also use your experience with them as a way to see what the company might be like. All hiring managers are different, so you never know exactly what your experience with them will be like. Remain professional and remember these tips– hopefully it will help lead to a job!
Are you a hiring manager? Any tips to add?
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About the Author: Dana Schwartz is a senior studying public relations and management at Syracuse University. She has previous internship experience with a small New York City public relations firm, as a communications intern for the Special Olympics in London, and in healthcare marketing. She is looking forward to starting a career in public relations upon her graduation in May.