The Inside Info on What Hiring Managers Want
One of my other jobs involves working with thousands of staffing companies. As a result, I have regular contact with hiring managers across the United States. When I saw this article in US News entitled, “21 Things Hiring Managers Wish You Knew”, I was impressed with how spot on it was. Hiring managers have seen it all when it comes to people’s ideas of what is appropriate behavior in the pursuit of that “perfect job”. If you’re about to embark on a job hunt, with your Allen School diploma in hand, have a quick read of this piece so you can get some idea of what hiring managers are looking for in today’s difficult employment environment. Remember, there are 6 job seekers for every available job today. So it pays to be as well prepared for the critical interview process as you can be. Never before has it been so important!
4 Responses to “The Inside Info on What Hiring Managers Want”
The article referenced not only confirmed things I am aware of as a former manager that conducted interviews and hiring; but also enlightened me on some things that I was not aware of or expected myself…
The one thing many candidates never like to do is indicate their weakness, or even acknowledge they have them, but we all do. I have always felt it is important to know what my weakness are, and how I address them or have worked to minimize their effects on my overall performance.
The article discussed that the “objective” usually hurts you… “Your resume gets tossed when it lists an objective totally unrelated to the position I have open. Really, just get rid of the objective altogether. It rarely helps, often hurts, and always takes up valuable real estate that could be better used to showcase your accomplishments. If you want to talk about your career objective and how this position fits it, use the cover letter for that.”
I have never included an objective in my resume as I often address that in my cover letter as is recommended in the article, and as one doing interviews, I have always found that the objective is too general and often tells me nothing about why the candidate is best suited or what they have to offer.
The final item that I found helpful and had never thought of until one of my final courses in the Allen school program, was in the descriptions of positions held in past, including accomplishments. I think that is a very direct way of not just telling a potential employer what your duties were, which can be very general, but that you actually accomplished something which what ultimately wants to be seen.
Overall, the article was very helpful to me in fine tuning my resume and my approach to my job search as a soon-to-be graduate of the Allen School Medical Billing and Coding program.
What great information. I have not been on an interview for over 20 years and I am a little nervous about having to start interviewing again. With all the changes in the workplace today, and all the people looking for jobs, you really need to be prepared for anything. The information posted here is invaluable to me and I will be sure to remember the tips when interviewing.
I have to say that when it come to what hiring managers want from their interviewees, Allen School prepares their students to the fullest…from a perfect resume to mock interviews, they work hard to be sure we are ready for the next step. Allen School knows what we as students and new professionals in the new arena of the medical field need to be as prepared as we can be. Considering the ratio of job hunters out for the same position, in my opinion, we as Allen School students have an upper hand.
I found this article extremely helpful, and in fact, there were several points I hadn’t considered when being interviewed. Now that my classmates and I are in our last week of classes at Allen School, we are preparing to embark on interviews. Pretty scary stuff. I was at my last job for 5 years, and have been at Allen School for the last 9 months. So realistically, I haven’t been on an interview in the last 6 years! This article gave me some good insight to what hiring managers are looking for in a successful candidate. I will definitely be taking their advice.