Everyone is busy, and the hiring manager is no exception. Yesterday we talked about the importance of a making a phone call to the hiring manager, but how many times should you call before you hurt your chances for an interview?
Workers and Managers are busier than ever being bombarded by emails. The overflow of information is overwhelming. Hiring managers are no different. They are overloaded, and are juggling something they would not rather do – screening and interviewing a cadre of candidates. Their regular day-to-day job is busy enough, and now they need to review resumes and interview candidates. And a simple call can be the difference between a job and a rejection pile.
When considering applying for an internal job, make a personal connection when possible. Setup time with the hiring manager to find out more about the position. This lets you find out more about the position to see if this is truly a fit. It also allows you to find the pain points the manager is dealing with, what’s working in the group, what isn’t working, the manager’s style, and the dynamics of the group. You can also determine fit and see if this is the position for you. This type of information helps any job candidate have an advantage during the application process.
Think about the company that you’d love to work for. Is it a place that you’d like to come spend your day? In this interview from DICE.com – the career hub for tech – the owner of Thrillist.com talks about the qualities he looks for in the perfect employee. He says having a REAL desire to be there is the most important aspect.
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