How to Make a Good Impression with Hiring Managers!February 6th, 2013 | Articles, Interviewing | No Comments »
First impressions are often the most powerful ones, so make sure that you win over the hiring manager from the start!
When you apply for a great opportunity, your qualifications may initially spark the interest of hiring managers but more often than not, your personality & demeanor will win the day. Hiring managers are focused on the big picture. They want someone who can dissolve major obstacles to business without upsetting the delicate team balance they’ve worked to create. So, as you go through the interview process, your intent should be to make as many positive impressions on the hiring manager as possible.
Before the Interview
• Write a cover letter: You can easily distinguish yourself as a forerunner simply by passing this preliminary test. A strong resume suggests you are qualified for the position but a strong cover letter suggests that you will be a good fit.
• Research the company: Knowledge is power and when you get to the actual interview, you’ll need all the leveraging power you can get. Solid research will help you hit home with the cover letter and build up your talking points for the upcoming interview.
• Dress the part: It has been said before and it will be said again: a surefire way to impress the hiring manager is to be dressed at your best. By taking cues from the company culture, you can even tailor your look to fit in with the vibe the team is trying to cultivate.
• Be positive: Every interaction with members of the staff should leave them feeling warm and confident about your abilities. A positive aura should follow you throughout the office and, if asked, each person you’ve talked to should be able to sing your praises.
• Connect the dots: Use your research of the company’s mission, values, and obstacles to connect your experiences to what matters to this team. The more overt the line you draw between your skills and the existing company conditions, the better the chances the hiring manager will be able to picture you on the team.
• Ask smart questions: Relying upon your skills of deduction, identify all the major talking points of your conversation and get the hiring manager to elaborate by asking piquant questions. You’ll show your true colors as a pensive person and get your interviewer pondering what project to give you first.
After the Interview
• Keep in contact: After the interview finishes, ask about how best to follow up on the opportunity. Then, after the appropriate amount of time has passed, check back (if the hiring manager hasn’t already contacted you) to show your continued interest.
• Say thank you: It’s a classy way to show how dedicated you are to strong relationships. It hints at the type of conscientious team player you will be – plus, who doesn’t like to know that their time is appreciated?
• Keep new ideas coming: Show the company you are already aligned with their objectives by continually brainstorming new solutions. That way, when you reconnect with the hiring manager, you will send a clear message that your commitment is more than just a dog & pony show: it’s the real deal.
This whole approach is all about accentuating the positive elements of you. There shouldn’t be anything false or forced about it because, ultimately, when you land the job, you want to keep your hiring manager feeling positive about his/her decision to add you to the team roster. False fronts do little to keep up good impressions over the long run.
by James Walsh