We all have a tendency to try to reach each others’ minds, especially during a job hunt. We want to find that dream job and nail the interview. Do a simple online search for job searching tips and these are the kinds of headlines you’ll find:

5 Secrets Hiring Managers Wish Job Seekers Knew – Career Attraction (see post)
Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what hiring managers really think about the hiring process?

21 Things Hiring Managers Wish You Knew (see post)
Get hired by thinking like the employer.

Ten Things Every Hiring Manager Is Looking For (see post)
Every time I speak to a group of job-seekers, I hear the question “What are hiring managers looking for in their new hires?”

What About You?

Though this kind of insight is truly helpful, there’s one thing we fail to consider. What would YOU be looking for as a hiring manager?

We’re all human. We all have an understanding of goals, of objective, and how they line up may potentially line up with resources. Think about the role YOU would play as a job interviewer, and you’ll likely gain a lot of insight on your own to go along with the information you gather from job postings and advice articles like these.

Just think about the job, the location, the company…how could you look at yourself as a candidate? What would you say about yourself once you leave the room? What would excite you or disappoint you or make you second guess a candidate?

What Hiring Managers Really Think

Here are just a few of the most common things hiring managers say when a candidate leaves the room:

“He was fine but not great.”

The candidate has the basic skills, but not what the role needs to succeed and grow. This may not be specific to one thing, but perhaps a more general consideration of experience or culture fit.

“She’s good at X, but she’s not as strong as we need in Y.”

Candidates are often excellent at one thing without being excellent at another key component of the job. This is something you can try to anticipate and express a desire or demonstrate current effort to learn.

If you can’t easily shift to that mindset, here’s a primer:

Now, there are some valid questions raised in this video. For example, it is important for you to understand the benefits and vacation time offered by a hiring company. However, consider the timing and wording of these types of questions. Also, working with a recruiter can help you get answers without looking like you’re digging for special perks to abuse!

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