What Hiring Managers Wished You Knew
Avoid common interview mistakes.
The job search process can be stressful for candidates, but hiring managers have their share of challenges as well. Their companies are likely short-staffed if they’ve lost a team member, and preparing to train a new employee adds hours a day to managers' already busy workloads. Keep this reality in mind as you jump through the hoops of the interview process. Make life easier for the hiring team by avoiding key mistakes that trip up many applicants and homing in on what matters to your potential future boss.
The details make a difference.
From your first contact with an employer to the thank-you note that you send after your interview, everything matters. Don’t think that if your resume is perfect, you can let your guard down on the subsequent steps. Even communications with an employer that seem “less formal” to you – such as email messages to confirm logistics – should be treated as part of your official application. Typos and other careless mistakes can cause you to miss an opportunity, no matter how minor they may seem to you.
We research your social media accounts first.
You’ve heard it before, and it’s true: Employers and recruiters routinely use social media sites to get an idea of a candidate’s character before deciding whether they will extend an interview opportunity. A 2018 study by CareerBuilder found that close to three-quarters of employers turn to social networking sites to check out candidates as part of their hiring process. More than half of those hiring managers have decided against hiring a candidate based on what they saw on a social site.
Arriving late to the interview can disqualify you.
On the day of your interview, showing up in the right place with time to spare should be at the top of your priority list. You may think your excuse of having gotten stuck in traffic is good enough to pardon a slightly tardy interview arrival, but to most hiring managers, it won’t be. Plan ahead to ensure that you have more than enough time to navigate any traffic snarls or other unexpected situations, and get there on time if you want a crack at the job.