What a Hiring Manager Looks for in a Candidate

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Applying for a new job can be a daunting task. It is easy to become nervous wondering if you are the right fit for a company. However, there are a few simple traits that a hiring manager usually looks for in a candidate.

A Hiring Manager Looks At Your Qualifications.

Perhaps the number one consideration when a hiring manager looks at a potential candidate is whether or not they are even qualified for the job. Knowing you are qualified for your applied position will help give you confidence during an interview. Research the company ahead of time using sources such as LinkedIn. Try and figure out exactly what the qualifications are for your desired position. Many companies will list these with a posted application. A clear understanding of the skills and abilities required will help you and the hiring manager determine whether you are a qualified fit for the company.

First Impressions Mean a Lot

A hiring manager looks not only at qualifications but personal characteristics.

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Work ethic
  • Communication

These all play a crucial role in whether or not you may receive a position. Employers want their employees to be people of honest and ethical character. They need to be a team player, able to work with others as needed. Be honest with your employer and do your best to answer any questions they may have (past work experiences, reasons for leaving, skills and abilities, etc.).  Odds are, the hiring manager has already looked you up before the interview so don’t ever lie.

Proactivity And Productivity

Most managers don’t like to micromanage. Try to demonstrate your ability to be proactive and get things done without having someone hold your hand every step of the way. Ways to demonstrate this in an interview would be:

  • Research the company ahead of time.
  • Ask good thorough questions about company procedures.
  • Discuss ideas you implemented in past positions that had a positive effect on the company.
  • Ask the hiring manager what he expects from employees and how they can be a valuable asset to the company.

Demonstrating that you care about these things lets the hiring manager know you aren’t looking to fill a position, but rather, you want to make a contribution. Those who show they can think ahead and work as part of a team are highly valued.

Stay Humble And Be Willing To Learn

Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to every question asked about the company during an interview. That’s not expected. Also, refrain from telling the interviewer how you would “do things differently.” Offer suggestions but keep them tactful.

Ask them how you can contribute to the growth of their company AND how the company can grow you. Showing that you’re teachable can go a long way in helping you stand out to a hiring manager.

How Can TechBridge Help?

There’s a high demand for IT specialists like AEM developers or Salesforce Marketing Cloud Consultants, but not enough of them to go around.  Our goal is to bridge the gap between business and employee, matching qualified workers with the companies who need them. If you have any further questions or you’re ready to start the recruiting process, contact us today.

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