- Many managers won’t consider someone who has been out of work for more than six months unemployable. Most managers consider the fact that if someone hasn’t offered you a job in the last six months, why would they want to give you a look?
- Most hiring managers do not take the time to read a cover letter. Picture a manager’s desk with about 100 resume’s stacked on it. Would you read all 100 resume’s and 100 cover letters?
- Think that firstname.lastname@example.org email address really is cute? Guess what, when it comes to a hiring manager, it’s not! And as most know, a hiring manager judges a candidate on everything, including an email address.
- Your resume does not have to be just one page. Putting your resume on two pages is a lot better than squeezing it onto one page with 5 point type.
- If the hiring manager spends the majority of the time talking about him or herself both professionally and personally don’t stop them. Let them talk as much as they wish without your interruption. They are going to leave the interview thinking you were a good candidate.
- Leave your cellphone in the car. What would you possibly need it for during your interview? You mom can wait until after you nail your interview.
- Watch out for managers that try to pry too much. There are some questions that hiring managers are not allowed to ask but some of the sneaky ones will still try to get the answer. Number one culprit here is trying to figure out if you have kids or not. Some managers have put fake pictures of kids on their desk to spark conversation or walked candidates out to their cars after the interview to see if they noticed a car seat. Think of it this way, if they were going to judge for having kids and you have them, you probably don’t want that job anyway.
- Don’t assume that the average salary that you saw on the internet is actually what that company pays. You have to take into consideration that those are reported by employees and not the actual organization.
- Some hiring managers may try to lock you into a salary early by mentioning what the budget for the position is. Don;t agree until you have heard all of the details of the position etc. They know if you say, “Sounds great” they have you at negotiation time.
- Whatever you do, do not bring your mom or dad along to your interview. This is not high school. If you have a significant other that wants to ride along, drop them off at the mall and tell them to meet you after your interview. The job interview is very important and you need to be 100% focused on you.