Want Your Dream Job? Then Understand Your Hiring Manager!

May 17th, 2013

You’ve found your dream job. Now how do you make it a reality?

In order to be successful, you need to be prepared. This means having a thorough knowledge of the job, a strong insight into the company, and a clear understanding of what the hiring manager is looking for.

Among the tools you need when you launch a job search are your updated resume, your master cover letter and your portfolio. Have these polished and ready, and keep in mind that you will need to tailor them to fit prospective employers’ expectations. When it comes to landing that ideal position, you want to be the interviewee who rises to the top, the single individual whose presentation incites the hiring manager to scream, “Yes! This is the candidate who meets our needs, exactly and without a doubt!”

No small task, but hey, that’s what dreams are made of, right? And with the right attitude and the right preparation, this dream is well within your reach.

Do Your Homework

To secure the job you want, you need to know as much as you possibly can about the company; its history, philosophy and culture. You need to understand your prospective employer’s industry and the company’s position within it. There are several ways to accomplish this including:

  • Understand and be prepared to discuss your field or industry’s current “pain points” and be able to come to the interview with solutions or approaches that would address these current topics
  • Research what competitor companies are doing to be innovative whether it involves increasing sales, complying with regulators or improving processes
  • Of course, spend time on the employer’s web site.
  • Contact the company’s public relations, marketing or sales department and request copies of brochures, annual reports, newsletters and related collateral. You also can use newspapers, trade publications and associations, and local and regional chambers of commerce for information on companies and industries.
  • Tap into your professional network. Find a colleague or a LinkedIn connection with knowledge about the position, company or industry. Your goal is to identify and become familiar not only with the position and the company, but with related issues, trends and current developments.
  • If you are working with an agent, see what he or she can share with you about previous candidates or positions similar positions they have applied to. Better yet, if this agent has placed people with the client before they will know the focus of the interview and can those insights with you.

Generally, the more responsible and competitive the job, the more research you should do. This enables you to go into a job interview feeling more confident and organized, and it positively reflects your interest, enthusiasm, intelligence and commitment.

Be the Dream Candidate

When combing through piles of resumes, every hiring manager asks, “What sets this person apart? Why should I consider this candidate?” It goes without saying that they look at job-related skills, education and professional experience. Beyond that, they pinpoint strong personalities, creativity, flexibility, goal orientation and problem-solving ability. The dream candidate is the individual who adds value to a position, a team and a company. Paint a picture of that person and make it your self-portrait.

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