5 Things Hiring Managers DON’T Ask For

by Julie Holmwood

Never. Not one Hiring Manager. Not even once!

Every Hiring Manager I've ever worked with has been the same in one sense
It is all about them!
Of course, they would tell me a bit about the person they wanted. They need to be like this to fit in with us was always the slant though.
Vacancy brief taken

In walks Joe Job Seeker

Joe wants work /  life balance. More money. Shorter commute. More responsibility. Kinder boss.
But Joe… what about them? What can you do to make your company proud? Proud they employed you. Proud to have you on their team. Proud to work alongside you.

Five things Joe Job Seeker said to convince me he was right for the job:

1. I've been looking for ages – In twelve years of taking vacancy briefs I never once had a client ask me for the candidate who had been looking the longest. Someone who fits their job spec; yes! Been looking a long time; never.
2. I'm worth more (money) – Although I agree that it's harder to get a raise than it is to get a higher paying salary for a brand new job, you need to clearly demonstrate your worth so the hiring manager can see how valuable you will be. Just wanting more money in and of itself is not compelling. Companies pay more when they feel they are going to get more. Show how much you can do.
3. My boss drives me mad – As true as that may be you should keep this one under your hat. Everyone has ups and downs. But what the interviewer wants to know is (mostly) you're easy to get on with. Easy to work with. And that you're going to be a tolerable office companion.
4. I'm being made redundant – Losing your job no longer holds any stigma. But it's only a compelling reason for you to find a new job. Not an indicator that other company should hire you. Be careful to apply for the jobs you really want. Applying for anything and everything you can do will not get you more interviews. The reverse could be true!
5. I want to spend more time with my family / children / dog / pet goldfish – free time is great. Having time to have a life outside work and even regular hobbies can be a dream come true. But indicating you want to spend less time at work… before you've even done a day, does not give the hiring manager that warm cosy feeling that you're committed to them and their goals. Even if they're a company who promote work / life balance, they are putting work first in the sentence and they expect you to as well.
Going for interviews is nerve-wracking… and just a little bit exciting. Or should that be exciting… and just a little bit nerve-wracking?
Make sure you make the most of yours by remembering the question the interviewer is silently asking; 'what can you do for me?'
InterviewAuthor of 'Get That Interview' and 'Clickst@rt Your Career' Julie is The Job Seeker's Guide. She works with thousands of clients through her audio and web-based programmes, helping them get 'job search fit' and successfully navigate their way into that new role
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Before joining Churchill Brook in 2009, she spent twelve years as an international headhunter, where she successfully helped her clients recruit exceptionally well-matched people, who were passionate about doing a job well done. Julie is an expert at getting candidates noticed by companies and had one of the highest success ratios for CV submission to hire that we know of within the recruitment industry

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