How to Reach Out to Hiring Managers

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How exactly should you reach out to hiring managers? When is the appropriate time to reach out? What are the benefits?

These are all wonderful questions. We have created and provided a simple framework you may follow in order to get the answers you desire.

Reaching out to your hiring managers is a wonderful way to greatly increase your chances of being hired. In many cases, it is best to either email these managers, or contact them via a professional social media site, such as LinkedIn.

It is best to reach out immediately after you have applied, as the message you send should supplement your resume. You should provide a short, straightforward, targeted message that summarizes why you are the absolute best fit for the job. You may also provide contact information, and attach your cover letter and resume.

It is well-established by now that the standard job application process is typically too generic to capture the full reason why you are the best candidate.

Resumes and cover letters cannot possibly relay all the details of all of your experiences. At best, they provide miniature abstracts that scrape only the surface of who you are as a professional. In addition, hiring managers have complained for years now that it is nearly impossible to find exactly what they are looking for simply by searching through long lists of buzz words that don’t hold any significant meaning.

Many resumes include the same descriptions, and besides the specific qualifications, include a lot of the same ideas. Given this, how is it possible to highlight yourself as unique among the many candidates that apply? Fortunately, there is an approach you can take in order to set yourself apart from your competition. This approach is reaching out to your hiring managers directly.

When you reach out, it is ultimately most important to write in a conversational tone, and succinctly, yet effectively, elaborate on the qualifications that make you most suitable for the pertinent job position. The tool you need to use is called Letter of Interest. Deniz Sasal from The Career Mastery; my idol, have done a fantastic job explaining it. You can check it out here if you’d like to.

Conversational Tone

When you reach out to hiring managers, it is imperative you write with a conversational tone. You will want to essentially summarize the information presented on your resume, as well as how your skills and experience align directly with the goals of the company. However, you should avoid using the same language that is present on your resume, and instead, make strong efforts to appear human.

Of course, you should maintain a professional demeanor; however, hiring managers are very bored of reading the same meaningless descriptions that appear on the majority of resumes.

Ditch basic terms such as “synergetic leader,” and “productive planner,” and opt for juicier, more descriptive language. For instance, in order to communicate the same ideas, you may say something such as, “I have collaborated with very influential people, and planned and led an abundance of very large events by myself. After reviewing the qualities that you desire most, I am very confident I am a great fit for your company.” In this case, you essentially provide answers to standard interview questions without ever being asked. You create the gateway for an ongoing conversation.

Furthermore, your goal is likely not to send in as many resumes and cover letters as you can. Rather, your goal is likely to land interviews. Receiving an interview is the nonverbal cue that you meet the guidelines for the available position.

Moreover, interviews are the main pathways to jobs. Therefore, when you reach out to hiring managers, you want to include information you believe is interesting enough to grant you an interview.

Do not include any unnecessary information, but also do not transcribe the interview you imagine playing out in your head. Simply give the hiring managers a taste of what you can offer, and make them reach out to you in order to learn more.

Elaborate on the Most Important Qualifications

That’s correct; it is imperative you elaborate on your most important qualifications. You must determine which of your skills and qualifications would be viewed most positively by the employer. In order to make this decision, it is very wise to perform extensive research on the company before you even apply.

Learn precisely what it is the company is looking for in a candidate, and then discuss the quality when you reach out. Do not exhaust the topic, but succinctly explain and support how you embody this quality.

You may want to briefly include aspects of your previous employment experience, or touch on other work endeavors to justify your argument. For instance, suppose the company strongly desires a candidate with a great deal of experience in engineering.

You may write something say such, “I understand you are seeking somebody with plenty of experience in engineering. I contend I am an excellent fit for this position, as I have worked in the engineering field for over 10 years.” In this case, you briefly address the specific desires of the company, while also informing them you have performed research. You also assert that you are very suitable for the job, and then succinctly describe why you believe this. Overall, this is a very fine example of an appropriate way to reach out to hiring managers.

This said, you should avoid the mistake of merely restating everything that is on your resume. Employers already have an incredible amount of resumes to read; they do not want to read yours twice.

When you reach out, it is important to only discuss the aspects of your resume you believe are the most relevant and impressive for the available job position, and to omit the rest.

Reaching out to hiring managers is a strategic approach you can take in order to set yourself apart from your competition when applying for a job. It is your opportunity to introduce yourself as an actual human being, rather than some mindless professional who is only described by the few buzz words presented on their resume. Remember; it is very important to employ a conversational tone when reaching out, and only include the information that is very relevant to the position.

How to Answer the Interview Question “If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Be?”

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If you haven’t figured it out yet, employers ask some pretty inane questions during job interviews. This one may top the list.

If you’ve already been on a dozen or more interviews with different companies and already answered any sane person’s share of these “surprise” questions, I honestly wouldn’t blame you for just thanking them for their time and walking out the door.

Maybe, you might be a little more tolerant if it’s just an HR screener interviewing you – someone else probably gave her the list of questions, or worse, didn’t. But, if the manager you would report to asks you this question, you really should think long and hard about whether you could be happy and successful working for that person.

However, you may really need a job, or really want to work for this company (although I don’t know why). If so, you’re just going to have to bite your tongue and say something. Let’s try to figure out what.

Don’t Say This

We’ve already discussed walking out; other responses that could lose you the job opportunity might include:

  1. A long soliloquy on your love of bunnies is going to be counterproductive. Keep your answer short. This question doesn’t deserve a long answer, and the interviewer surely is not looking for one.
  2. Don’t choose an animal with a bad reputation. Definitely not spiders, or snakes. Rats, chickens, sloths, hyenas, and skunks also come to mind. At all cost, avoid an animal that is associated with failure.
  3. Since you’ve chosen to answer, don’t show your disdain for the question. Pretend you find meaning in it and pretend to spend a few moments thinking of your answer, as if it’s worthy of a little thought. Just don’t act like it requires a lot of thought.
  4. As much as you want to say “human,” don’t.

What to Say

Obviously, the opposite of the above is a start:

  1. Choose an animal with a good reputation. Lions, eagles, hard-working ants, loyal dogs, energetic beavers, strong horses, a smart dolphin or Border Collie would all be reasonable choices.
  2. Connect the animal to personality traits of yours that make you the best choice for the job. If the position requires teamwork, be the ant. If you will be a loyal assistant to an executive, a cute dog sounds good. And so on.
  3. State those connections rather than leave it to the interviewer to imagine them. Don’t let them think you’d like to be a loyal dog because you’re not loyal now. You want to be that animal because it’s so much like you already, so say that. Explain the reasons why you chose that animal.
  4. Keep your answer short. Oh, wait, I already said that.

Why Are You Being Asked This Nonsense?

Ok, if you insist, let’s understand what this question is supposedly about and the strategy behind answering it.

Like the other “surprise” questions employers like to throw out, this one supposedly lets the interviewer see how you react during moments of stress to unexpected pressure. The idea is that you will not have anticipated this question and so, won’t have a canned response ready to regurgitate.

The interviewer gets a glimpse of the real you, and sees how your mind works to solve an issue.

Of course, you will be prepared for this question, just like you’ll be prepared for the other inane questions – because you’re a professional, and you want the job offer (whether you accept a job offer is a different issue – you always want to get the offer). But don’t let the interviewer know that.

Furrow your brow, touch your face to signal stress, dart your eyes from side to side a couple of times, then, starting slowly and then faster as you get into it, tell your animal story, just like you practiced so many times.

The question is also supposed to help the employer determine whether you personality meshes with the current team and the company culture.

Ignoring for the moment that any company culture that has employees wondering which animals they could be is probably not going to be in business very long, one still wonders whether most candidates prioritize cultural aspects of their animal choice rather than choosing an animal that better reflects their skills and training.

You may be a cuddly kitten with all your team members, but if your strongest talent is the ability to get a lot of quality work done in a short time, are you more likely to choose a cheetah? I guess they are both felines, but one doesn’t play well with others.

More importantly, you need to choose an animal with traits comparable to those that the job requires.

I know; it was hard enough making a case for your skills being the ones the job requires – now, they want you to explain your value proposition through the façade of an imaginary animal. No one ever said getting a job would be easy.

But play along with them, interviews don’t last forever. Prepare by, first, mapping your skills to the job requirements.

Next, prioritize those job requirements and, ergo, your skills. Then, choose an animal that represents the most important skills and, hopefully, has a few of the other skills as well. That’s not to say that you can’t choose a cartoon animal that has a human-like personality – “I’d be Nemo” – to make the comparison easier; just be sure the character is popular enough that the interviewer would understand. Having said that, you need to make sure you are giving them enough reasons to justify why you want to work there.

Other Considerations

If you have the personality for it, and the interviewer seems to have the personality to accept it, it’s not unreasonable for you to question the motives behind such a question – after you’ve answered – as a way to, hopefully, forestall more inane questions.

Perhaps, saying, “I’m really curious how you think such a question is going to help identify the best candidate for this job. The answers have just got to be all over the place. How did you answer this when you interviewed?”

Finally, understand that job interviews work both ways. You should be interviewing the hiring manager as well, and asking questions about the company to determine whether it’s the right fit for you. Being asked questions like this might be a sign that you need to continue your search elsewhere.

What Are You Looking for in a New Position?

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How should you answer the pesky interview question that discusses what you are looking to get out of your new position?

Of course, you would probably enjoy an outstanding salary, and perfect job security, but there are other elements of the job you should consider. Ultimately, this question is about you and your wants/needs.

However, it is still important to examine this question from your employer’s perspective. They essentially want to know if they will be able to provide you with what you need.

For instance, if you explain you are hoping to improve your communication skills, but the position does not have you communicating very often, the employer might decide against hiring you simply because they do not believe they can help you.

On the other hand, this company also likely wants to analyze if you understand the details of the position. Knowing this, the manner in which you answer this question is crucial.

There are many things to consider when answering this type of question. Depending on the level of passion you have for the job, you may be carried away with effect that you respond to this question in a rather inappropriate manner.

Fortunately, we have devised a framework you can follow in order to answer it properly and professionally. There are three key things to focus on when answering this question: your skills, your motivation, and the company.

Incorporate Your Skills

Being asked what you wish to get out of a new position is a wonderful opportunity to further assert that you have the skills required to do an excellent job. A simple, professional manner in which you can do this is explaining that you wish to further develop and master these skills while working for the company.

For instance, if applying for a leadership position, you might state, “I have been working on my leadership skills for a while now, and would really like to learn more and develop them further.” Embedded within this answer is the fact you have leadership experience.

In addition, it connects your skills specifically to the nature of the job.

It is also important to ensure your answer is specific. Avoid giving a very generic answer that will simply blend you in with the rest of the crowd. Answers such as, “I am looking to gain more experience,” and “I hope to succeed” are overused and unoriginal. Instead, personalize your response, and tailor it specifically to the essence of the position. Specifically discussing your skills gives the interviewer something interesting to consider, and further highlights your competencies.

Describe Your Motivation

Another easy way to add substance to your answer is to include what motivates you. It is wise to weave this motivation into the discussion regarding your skills. For instance, you may add to the aforementioned statement,

“I have always been motivated by helping others, and I find leadership positions to be excellent avenues for doing just this!” This sort of statement demonstrates you are not merely pandering to the position, but that you are also being genuine. It also demonstrates that you are putting yourself out there for more than just the salary.

Employers typically do not wish to hire those simply looking for a paycheck. They want to hire those who want to work for them.

More specifically, they want to hire those who actively know why this company will be special to them.

In addition, as mentioned, it is important to tailor your answer to the position, but that being said, you do not want to appear artificial and as though you are simply explaining what they want to hear. You should not simply list the traits the company desires.

It is wise to select one or two of the desired traits to discuss, but it can also be beneficial to include the unique skills you offer the company; the skills that none of the other candidates possess.

Moreover, your response should signal that you have reflected on why this specific position is correct for you. It should also straightforwardly inform the employer that the position will, indeed, satisfy your desires.

Mention the Company

That’s correct; it is appropriate, and usually advantageous, to outwardly mention the company in your response.

After you have discussed your skills, and your motivation, it is wise to summarize your answer by explaining that you contend this specific company’s mission and available position align directly with your goals.

For instance, you may conclude your response with, “In summary, Company XYZ’s mission and available employment position align directly with my goals, and I look forward to collaborating with you all in the very near future.”

This type of statement demonstrates you have performed research beforehand, and are knowledgeable about the company. A conclusion of this nature concretely wraps up your reply, and can make you stand out among the candidates.

It is also perhaps wise to mention that the company will satisfy your long-term goals. You may directly state something such as, “I have the long-term goal of mastering leadership while working with this company.”Furthermore, it is very unlikely companies will want to hire somebody who cannot envision themselves working at the company for an extended period of time. It is wise to straightforwardly announce you plan on committing yourself for a sizable amount of time. In order to achieve this, you may include a statement such as this into your conclusion: “I look forward to developing these skills throughout my years at Company XYZ.” This fine example ultimately asserts that you are looking to develop your skills further, which answers the original question, as well as informs the company you plan on working with them for years to come.

As seen, answering the interview question that asks what you are looking for out of a new position can be tricky, and it is important to consider you answer carefully. While you likely desire a high salary, plenty of benefits, and wonderful security, you should ultimately describe the strengths you possess that you know will benefit the company, and inform your interviewer that the company can absolutely satisfy your wants and needs. Whatever you decide to reply, ensure your answer is both appropriate and professional!

 

How to Answer the Job Interview Question “What Would You Do in First 60 Days if We Hire You?”

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This is another of those interview questions that doesn’t seek a detailed explanation. The interviewer is more interest in how you think than what you think.

Obviously, you don’t know enough about the job or the company’s current projects to do anything but guess at a real 60-day plan.

And realistically, they surely have a plan for the position that’s not likely to change based on what you imagine at this point.

No, you should not answer this question with any specific action you will take pertaining to the job role.

Nor should you describe how you will acclimate yourself within the company, or how you will take action to become more comfortable in your new job.

The interview is not about you; it is about how you can best serve the company’s interests, and the hiring manager’s interests. Therefore, the very first thing to avoid is an individualistic approach and instead give it an approach that is considered more corporate-sensitive.

You will answer this question the way the interviewer wants it answered. You will appeal to the hiring manager’s needs and address his or her requirements.

They will specifically need to assess whether you have enough passion to serve the company diligently within the first few days of taking the job.

Don’t Say This

As long as you don’t blow this question, you’ll still be in the running for the job. This is not a question that you must absolutely nail to get selected; you just can’t completely botch it. Thus, here’s how you can mess up:

 

  1. Don’t rattle off the same typical answer anyone would give as if you just want to move past this vague question. Give the interviewer the respect to answer thoughtfully. She or he asked it for a reason.

 

  1. Don’t be too specific. Your odds of guessing correctly about changes you want to make or tasks you’d want to perform are slim and you won’t sound open to direction when you guess wrong.

 

  1. Don’t make this personal. This is not about your personal plan to overcome and conquer the obstacles to your success. It is about being part of a team, and following directions, yet having the initiative and motivation to not require micro-management.

 

  1. Don’t forget to prepare. The answer you do provide will require that you know as much as possible about the company and hiring manager. Do your homework and practice your response to this very common question.

 

What to Say

Approach this question by thinking about what the interviewer is trying to learn about you. Primarily, he wants to know whether you understand what the job entails. Your answer should discuss, in general terms, how a person with the posted job description would begin to perform in order to meet his manager’s expectations.

For example, your first objective could, perhaps, be to meet with your manager to clarify exactly what his or her expectations are for the position.

While you are undoubtedly qualified for the position, or else the company would not be interviewing you, the hiring manager also wants to be assured that you will perform as expected. So, your response should exhibit a focus on performance.

Perhaps, your plan is to quickly complete all necessary training or certifications so there is no undue delay until you can perform.

Or, you might plan to immediately configure your work station, or buy/requisition any tools you will need. Make it clear that you are already thinking about what you will need to hit the ground running.

The interviewer also wants to see that you know how to manage time effectively. You can demonstrate that in your 60-day plan by taking responsibility for your progress. Every step of your plan should be framed as “I will do…” rather than as “Once someone does this, I can….” You are proactive and will push others to ensure your milestones are met on schedule. The interviewer knows the reality is that progress will not always be up to you; but, by demonstrating a mindset that doesn’t contemplate delay lightly, you are telling the interviewer that she or he doesn’t have to worry about you performing at a slower pace.

Content Tips:

  1. It can be effective to describe how the action plan you had as a new employee in a prior position enabled your early success.
  2. Incorporate flexibility into your plan to demonstrate that you understand that your plan will need to be tweaked once you understand the actual job requirements and your manager’s expectations.
  3. Organize your plan around primary goals and activities, for example, training, client introductions, account/project reviews, etc.
  4. Include comments that demonstrate your existing knowledge of the company so that the manager understands that you’ve already prepared – i.e. your 60-day plan has already started.
  5. Describe how you will seek out co-worker’s advice and guidance early, and work to build strong relationships. Reassure the interviewer that you will not be a disruptive force, that you will fit into the team easily and work to make everyone better.
  6. If possible, include information or address concerns expressed by the interview earlier in your conversation. This requires that you listen intently and, perhaps, take notes, and then, ad lib your answer, but the result can be very effective, especially if you don’t make it obvious, like it was already part of your plan.

Speak Confidently

Finally, you need to display confidence and determination that your plan will work. Pause for a moment before answering to gather your thoughts so that you appear to be thoughtful and respectful of the question’s importance to the interviewer. Most importantly, again, be prepared. Even if the interviewer doesn’t ask this question, you may very well be able to work it into your answer to one of his other questions, or to express it as a question when you’re allowed to ask questions at the end of the interview (i.e., “I’ve been thinking about what it would take to be successful in this position and came up with a preliminary plan. Tell me what you think of this…”).

By demonstrating that this job is important to you, that you were willing to put in the time planning to be successful, you show the hiring manager that you understand the job, that you’re capable of doing the job, and that you will execute a plan of action that ensures you will be successful.

 

Interview Question: Why Do You Want This Job?

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At first glance this question seems to be simple, in some ways to simple to even answer. But do not be fooled.

This question is not as straightforward as it may seem. What the interviewers are asking is why do you want to work for this company, and why do you want this job?

This is another perfect opportunity to show off why you are the best candidate of the job – including your skills and qualities as well as the company values.

Lets think about why interviewers ask this question. There are a few things they can learn from your answer.

They can find out about the career goals and how this job fits into your career path – if they don’t think that it does fit in to it, they may think that you will not want to stay in the position for a long time and therefore will consider a different candidate.

They also want to make sure you are actually interested in the job itself, rather than another factor such as a attractive pay packet.

Again, if they don’t believe this is a job you are truly interested in, they may be inclined to believe that you won’t be as motivated to perform in the role as someone who truly wants to do the job. Consider your name off the yes list if this is the case. Another reason the interviewer asks this question is so they can get a further understand of your priorities and how this job fits into them. If you can demonstrate performing well in the job is a high priority for you then this could improve your prospects of getting the job.

You need to begin by thinking about why you do want the job. What about the role attracts you to it? For example, could the job be great for your future prospects? Once you know what it is, you can think about how to work it into your answer. When answering this question there are few things you want to include. I have listed these below with an explanation on how you can interrupt it into your answer.

• Demonstrate how your skills link to the job

It is vital to show how your skills and qualities are right for the job you are applying for throughout the interview and this is a great opportunity to really drive this message home to the interviewers. This is a good time to refer back to the job description so you highlight what qualities you are looking for in your answer. The key is to use this time to say what the company is looking for and how you have it. You can explain that the reason you applied for the position and the reason you want to work for the company is because these skills and qualities appeal to you.

• Be enthusiastic about the job

Although this question seems like it is about you and what you want, don’t be fooled, it is still about the employer. Use this opportunity to sound excited about the job but also to express your future job prospects also. This will sound good to the interviewer because it will eliminate any concerns they may have about you being a candidate who may not stick around for very long. There is another way you can express your enthusiasm, which is by doing some research about the company and including a few factors about it that interest you. This is one of the best ways to show you are interested in the company and would be enthusiastic in the role. These could include the companies reputation, their values or the growth and success.

• Show that you will fit in with the rest of the company

When interviewing someone the hiring manager isn’t only interested in your skills and qualities, they need to know you will fit in with the rest of the company culture. For example, a candidate could have all the skills required and some, but if they have a personality that may rub up the rest of the work force the wrong way, the hiring manager may have their doubts. They don’t want to hire you or someone that could cause conflict in the workforce or the team they would be joining. If you can demonstrate that you will be someone who fits in then your chances of being hired will only increase.

• Keep is short

You don’t want to lose the interviewers interest and weaken the strength of your main points by surrounding them with too much information. Therefore you should keep your answer short but sweet, and really put the emphasis in why you want to work for that specific company.
Now there are some things you want to avoid when answering this question. I have listed these below.

• Don’t be too honest

Yes honesty is the best policy, that is true. However, whilst you should always tell the truth however you don’t want to overstep that line and go from being honest to overly honest.

• Not being specific

If you are too general it doesn’t tell the hiring manager why you want that particular job. A generic answer will just seem like something you say to every company that interviews you.
• Inappropriate answers

Its not a time to try and give them a funny, sarcastic answer. Something along the lines of “Because your company needs me, I’m the miracle you’ve been waiting for”. Even though you are trying to me it a joke, its not likely to get any laughs – unless they are awkward-you-aren’t-getting-the-job laughs!

• Being unenthusiastic

If you don’t sound enthusiastic about the job, the interviewer won’t be convinced that you even want the job. You don’t want to sound like you just turned up because ‘hey, there was a job opening’. Instead, you want to sound as though you’ve been waiting for this position to come up in this company.

Now you have these key factors, you can plan and prepare your answer for your job interview. If you use all the points provided, and deliver your answer with confidence, I have not doubt you will impress the interviewer and show them that you really do want the job.

Post Interview Thank You Emails

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What Is It?

When you walked into that office, you showed that you had confidence and composure and that you were ready to take on anything they threw at you. You had finely ironed clothes on and a smile that no one could refuse to return.

You prepared all night so when they asked you all those questions in the interview, they would be surprised.

And even more impressive is you came up with challenging questions for them to respond to, to show interest in the position and company itself. They were shocked.

There is always the waiting period though and you can always gauge how you did but in reality, you will not know for sure until they tell you.

It could always be the excuse of you have all the skills but not enough experience, or vice versa which is just as bad.

You have to remember what makes you stand out from the rest. So how do you remind them of that? You need to send a thank you letter, the follow up. This is what shows them that you are efficient and ready to handle the job that they are offering. This is the final impression that you will have before they make their decision.

Why You Should Do It

One, not sending the letter actually lessens your chances of getting hired. There has been results of a survey saying that 25% of hiring managers would not hire anyone who did not send that thank you email after the interview.

This is kind of insane right? There are some people we know personally who were not technically hiring managers but still had to handle hiring and firing people agreed with this. Even if they were a great fit, if they did not send that email they were out the window.

When you decide to send the thank you email after an interview, make sure to do it in a timely fashion, right away is the correct answer.

The sooner the better. Hiring managers look for it right away because it demonstrates time management and what your priorities may look like in terms of employment and the job you are trying to secure.

And when hiring managers have to make a decision, time is of the essence. So as mentioned before, send as soon as you can. It is a lot more important than you may believe. Try to keep the time frame limited to 24 to 48 hours.

How You Should Do It

So here is how you send a thank you email after an interview. It is not that hard so hopefully you do not have too much trouble with this outline that will be given. If you follow it, you should be fine and woo them.

After years of using the method of a thank you email, there has been a downfall of how effective they have become.

This is saddening but here is how that can be remedied. They have morphed into boring letters and no one is being original anymore in the things they want to say. The usual is Hi, thanks for your time, I would be good for the position because, blah, blah, blah. That is great and all but spice it up a bit.

Hiring managers get a lot of these after interviews and they do not want to read the same thing over and over.

With this knowledge it should definitely prepare you to create something new and original. If you know that everyone will be saying around the same thing, step out of the box. Here is how you can do this.

Links

In your email, to further show that you are qualified for the position you can link different websites that show off your attributes.

This can be your own personal website, if you have one. You can also send them your link to your LinkedIn page. This you should have if you are in the professional world.

Or even a Facebook page that is professionally appropriate. And then also add in there your resume, cover letter, and any portfolio information that you would see beneficial for their eyes. This can be a way of extending the interview, making you more memorable of a candidate. You may have been already forgotten. But with the email you can come back to mind that fast.

There could be unanswered questions from the interview that could get answered from whatever information you chose to send over to the hiring manager. They may see that you possess other skills that might not have gotten address.

Even better, the position they have open could be a good fit; but after looking over this email, another position could be a great fit.

After you find a good way to organize this letter, preferably with a greeting, introduction, some points about being great for the position, links inserted where they are mentioned, and a conclusive closing. This should be memorable enough to get you a callback.

Be Sincere

Another key aspect of the process is the sincerity you portray throughout the email. After completing it, go back and check the type of words that you used.

The quality over quantity is the key here when sending a thank you email after an interview. Tailor your email as closely as you can to fit the company’s values and expectations as possible. As well as the position you are interviewing for.

Showing that you understand the challenges of the company is facing in trying to find someone for the position is great. You can say something along the lines of, “…with the needs of this position I am willing to…” Continue to demonstrate enthusiasm for the position.

Do not keep repeating your qualifications though. This will probably turn them off of all the good things they have read. The hiring manager will have already made a decision from the things said above in your email. When they get to the closing of it, you have to make sure what you say at the bottom is what you want them to be thinking about last when your name is mentioned again. When they have a meeting on who they are going to hire and why, when your name comes up they should be able to state clearly why or why not.

The Outcome

The outcome is hopefully going to be that you get hired. Now that you have been told on how to send a thank you email after an interview, hopefully you execute it successfully.

 

Job Interview Topics – Tell Me About Yourself

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If you have ever been to a job interview, you are more likely than not to have been asked this question “tell me about yourself”. However easy it might seem, loads of interviewees tend to answer this question wrong without even realising it.

In most cases interviewees take the question quite literally and share a few general details about their lives, such as marital status and children, their education, their hometown or home country and even their hobbies.

This is something you should avoid at all costs. First of all, the interviewer cannot directly ask you about such personal information to avoid certain groups of people being discriminated against – such as women with small children – but it does not mean the interviewer will definitely not be, even unconsciously, be biased or at least doubtful based on the information you shared with them willingly.

Giving honest personal information may appear a harmless thing to do in your eyes but depending on how it is taken by the interviewer or hiring manager, it may cast certain odds in your quest to landing your dream job.

The other reason why is because that is simply a misinterpretation of the question. Deniz explains that here.

What the interviewer is asking you is to walk them through your resume and explain your experience and qualification a bit more in depth.

Do not assume that the interviewer is familiar with your resume down to the last detail. They have probably ran through it before the interview, but it is always good to remind them as well as putting it in context.

Use the opportunity to make your resume even more convincing.

The fact that you are at the interview only means that you have passed the minimum requirements, but with this question you have the chance to demonstrate to the interviewer how exactly you are the best possible choice.

This is of course what the whole interview is about, but when you are asked to go through your resume again, you have actual evidence written down to back up what you are saying, which is why this question is probably the most important one out of all questions, even though it is very easy to misinterpret it as small talk.

Be sure, however, that you remember everything that you have put in your resume correctly and confidently, because this question is partly used to determine whether the candidate included false or exaggerated elements.

As with most questions, it is good to prepare in advance. Sit down with your resume and take a good look at it.

Decide which experiences are relevant to this specific interview, maybe because they are a similar position or a similar company or because you believe it had helped you develop some skills that will serve you really well in your desired position.

After choosing the relevant points, think through a few words about each one of them, explain your role briefly, tell them how long you have worked there and show and example of what you have learned in the position or why it was useful for your development as an employee. You should aim at your presentation to be clear and consistent and to show a learning curve or a pretty much clear and steady career path if that is possible. If you do it right, this question can give you the opportunity to present your previous experience in a way that convinces the interviewer that hiring you for the position is naturally the next step in your career.

Unfortunately you can still make a few mistakes, even if you are aware that you should focus on work experience.

Especially in today`s not so steady job market it is fairly common that someone would have a few different career attempts and have experience in majorly different fields. In this situation the general rule is to focus only on past positions that are relevant to the one you are interviewing for. Once you have built up the presentation of these relevant jobs consistently, do not worry to skip the ones on your resume that are irrelevant.

Make sure to have a few thoughts on them in case the interviewer specifically asks, but that is not very likely.

Under certain circumstances, for example if you are at the point of a career change or for some reason you feel like a previous employment in a different field is very important to mention because you acquired skills that would make you even more suitable for your desired position. You should really strongly consider whether said experience is actually relevant or you merely feel like you would make a better impression by listing more jobs. An irrelevant experience breaks the flow of the explanation of your resume, it makes it a bit confusing and a lot less convincing.

Filter by time as well, if you have been working for a long time by now, focus on the past 7-8 years, jobs older than that are not interesting in this situation. Do not talk about student jobs you have done during high school or university unless you are a graduate with no other experience. That is a similar situation to someone who is about to change careers and in both cases you are going to need serious consideration.

Think about every single one of the jobs you have had. In what way are they similar to the position you are applying for at the moment?

What have you learned from those jobs?

Have you gained any new skills, and if so, what are they?

How are these new skills relevant to the position you are applying for?

How did your previous employment inspire you to try yourself in a position like this?

After you have answered all these questions, build up your answer to form a narrative as much as you can, the same way as if you had a clear previous career path. Try and aim for naming specific skills you have gained instead of more abstract experiences such as `I have learned the value of money by doing heavy manual labour` but stay truthful and do not try to make up details if you do not have much to say.

 

How to write a Resume Objective/Summary?

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Good old resumes… We all understand how tedious and difficult writing resumes can be, but it’s something we can simply not escape and must inevitably face.

And hey, think of it like this, creating and submitting the right resume can change your life and get you that dream job you’ve been looking for, or an escape from the horrors of your current job (we’ve all been there).

To begin with the obvious fact, a good resume is not just about the substance contained in it; presentation and style also go a long way in determining the quality of a resume.

A good resume is meant to care of all of your employment worries, woes, and anxieties. Join me as I take you through a blunt and straightforward approach on how you can write a great resume that can get you the job you want.

Here’s the deal; employers generally have to look through hundreds of resumes and submissions in order to weed out candidates who fit the requirements necessary for the job, they want the most qualified and best possible fits to become a member of their company. They don’t have much time to waste, so when they look at resumes they are looking for anything that stands out that is of value.

Your only given one first impression, and there is no second opportunity to create first impressions.

First impressions have been proven to have an effect when it comes to people’s perception of you, especially when it comes to the whole employment process. That is why it is crucial for you to write an effective resume objective or summary, this is often the first thing that employers stumble upon.

What’s the difference between Resume Objectives and Resume Summaries?

It’s very simple.

Resume Objectives are generally for people who are entering a new industry or targeting a specific job or position.

For example, if you are in retail and you are applying for a financial consulting position it would be best for you to create a resume objective.

So what exactly are resume objectives? They are quick and specific statements that express your career directions and intentions, it should be expressed in such a way that it outlines your skills, value, and the benefits that you will be bringing to your potential employer.

Resume Summaries

If you are not changing industries or targeting a specific job or position, then you would be best suited to write a resume summary. A resume summary is pretty straightforward and simple, it is simply a summary of your qualifications and work history, it should summarize your skills and your experience.

The Mindset Necessary to Write An Effective Resume Summary or Objective:

Having a killer mindset and a constructive approach to anything almost always generates desirable results. This can especially be applied to writing a resume. You need to stand out, you understand that employers look through tons of resumes, so what should you do? Here are some better questions; what makes you think you are the best fit for the position that you are applying for?

What are the best benefits and value that you can provide for that company? Answer those questions and incorporate them into your resume objective or summary. You must do everything in your power to provide as much value and possible benefit to the company you are applying for, you must state why you are the best candidate to be hired.

Employers only care about what you can do for them, how you can help them grow and further establish their goals and philosophies, they do not care about your goals or your pursuits. They want to know how you can help them and what you can help them with.

Just think of it from their perspective; imagine you were building a house and were looking to hire someone to help you out. 2 guys approach you in order to provide help, but they have very different approaches. One of the guys comes up to you and says, ‘ I am hard working and I love to work on houses. My goal is to eventually become a construction developer and this job will give me the experience I need”. The other guy comes and says “Looks like you are building a single-family home with a brick finishing. Perfect, I have years of experience and extensive knowledge to help you complete this. If you are having trouble with the roofing too, no worries, I can help you out with that too. Together we can build a high quality home”. Who are you going to hire in this situation? Exactly.

Examples:

I can’t leave you hanging without any examples. Here’s a specific example I found from thecareermastery.com, notice how it states what the individual can do for the company and how it ties to the specific field;

To obtain the position of a junior analyst with PwC where I can leverage my high-quality education from XXX and consulting skills gained from my internship/s at XXX.

Here’s an example of a Resume Summary I found on livecareer.com;

Financial service professional successful at advertising multi-billion dollar corporations, small businesses, and individual clients. Areas of expertise include asset allocation, investment strategy, and risk management.

Use these examples as a guide to help you write a great resume objective or summary.

Summary and Recap:

-The first thing employers look at is your Resume Objective or your Resume Summary. It is crucial for you to have an effective statement that shows why you are the best fit for their company.

-Resume Objectives should be written by people who are looking to enter a new industry or are targeting a specific position. It is meant to outline your career direction and should provide your skills, value, and benefit that you can provide to your potential employer.

-Resume Summaries are for people who are NOT looking to enter a new industry or are targeting a specific position. Resumes summaries meant to summarize in a concise way all your skills, experience, and qualifications for the job you are applying for.

– You must establish value and benefit to your potential employer. Through your resume objective and summary, let them know how you can be a valuable addition to their company and how you can help them.

Final Statement:

Keep trying and switch your perspective to how you can help people and companies and you will move forward in no time. Happy job hunting!