As a career counselor, Lily Zhang often finds herself telling the same advice to job seekers: put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager and think like them.
In order to do so, Zhang explains the step by step and the way you should stand out in each one:
Review your Cover Letter
Have your cover letter add value by highlighting two to three relevant skills that the hiring manager is looking for and giving an example of a time you used that skill
Rock the Intro Call
work on demonstrating that you’re exceptionally excited about the position and that you’re a strong cultural fit for the company. Remember: The hiring manager will be doing a lot of these, and talking to someone who actually sounds fun to work with will likely make this person’s day.
In this stage, it’s important to remember that hiring managers are not trained professional interviewers—it’s just not what their main job is. That means the burden falls on you as the interviewee to get your message across—even if you’re given bad questions
Become the Chosen Candidate
The last step for the hiring manager is to make a final decision. Sometimes the choice is easy, other times, when the competition is really close, it comes down to which candidate the hiring manager likes the most.
This means, aside from being ready and able to do the job, you also want to be as likable as possible, finding ways to really connect with the interviewer throughout this process. If you get this right and you don’t slack off on the thank you note you send, then you’ve done everything in your power to stand out in front of the hiring manager.Complete article How to Think Like a Hiring Manager (and Land the Job)