Getting the job of your dreams
There are pages and pages of tips out there for how to ace your interview and land the job of your dreams. But perhaps the best advice about how to get hired comes from the hiring managers themselves. Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager – he or she has to read stacks and stacks of nearly identical resumes and job applications and find the diamond in the rough. Make it easy – and fun – for the hiring manager by standing out from the crowd. Here are some tips, straight from the hiring managers themselves.
First things first: don’t waste your or the hiring manager’s time applying for a job for which you are underqualified. Sure, maybe you can learn some of the skills listed in the job description, but hiring managers are looking for the candidate who is already prepared to do the job.
How to rock at interviewing for a job
Before you even step foot in the office, make sure to thoroughly research the company; peruse the company website, social media sites like LinkedIn, and also search for news articles. Explore the company’s history and goals for the future. Tap into current trends in the industry as a whole. Ask in advance who will be interviewing you so that you can find out more about that person and his or her role at the company. Most importantly, learn about the company’s values and missions statement, so that in the interview you can clearly express how you see yourself fitting into that mission.
Be thorough on your resume. If you are applying for a job that requires you to use software, be sure to list all of the software with which you are familiar. This will greatly help the hiring manager to find the candidates who already have the skills they need. But don’t lie or exaggerate on your resume – any good hiring manager will be cross-checking your references.
A hiring manager is a very busy person, so don’t encroach upon his or her time by arriving too early for an interview. Arriving on time, or ten minutes or so early, shows that you are punctual and responsible. However, if you arrive too early, your interviewer will feel pressed for time, knowing you are waiting. The last thing you need is to have stressed out the person who is going to be interviewing you. So if you want to play it safe and get there extra early, walk a lap around the building or have a cup of coffee before you approach the hiring manager.
And of course, don’t stalk the interviewer afterwards
During the interview, don’t let the hiring manager ask all of the questions. Hiring managers agree that they are much more likely to hire someone who asks thoughtful, specific questions than someone who doesn’t. Asking questions shows that you have done your research and are genuinely enthusiastic about learning more about the company. Keep in mind that finding a job is a two-way matching game – make sure that you get the answers you need to decide whether or not the company is a good fit for you.
After the interview is over, there’s not much you can do but wait and see. Don’t pester hiring managers with endless follow-ups. During the interview, ask the hiring manager about the timeline for the hiring decision, then send one well-timed follow up note. A handwritten thank you note will especially help you stand out.
Good luck, and get hired!