Career Content Menu

Career Content
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Will Moss Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson
class of
Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Nouman Ali Nouman Ali
class of 2012
Hannah Whittenly Hannah Whittenly
Cal St Univ, Sacramento class of 2010
Simone Vanderpool Simone Vanderpool
class of
Elynor Moss Elynor Moss
North Carolina Central University class of 2003

Five Ways to Make a Hiring Manager's Day

Five Ways to Make a Hiring Manager
Posted By: Eddie Francis on November 17, 2015

During a recent podcast interview (http://eddiefrancis.podbean.com/e/how-she-got-the-job-field-trip-to-kresge/) I asked a job recruitment colleague what kind of candidate makes her day. She talked about rooting for candidates who are articulate and can clearly define why they want the job but one part of her answer stood out to me. She said, "It has to be someone who has a little bit of passion." That made me wonder what kinds of candidates most likely stand out to other recruiters but, more importantly, hiring managers.

As a recruiter, I can tell you that we and hiring managers remember great candidates. The skills and experience listed on your resume are normally what motivate hiring managers to pick up the phone. Once they get you on the phone, these people expect something about you to stand out. Yes, you really can have a hiring manager at "Hello."

There are five things that you, the job seeker, can do to make a hiring manager's day:

1. Answer the phone with a smile.
Customer service professionals are taught to smile while talking on the phone. Practicing answering the phone with a smile will train your voice to sound pleasant and engaging even when you may not feel that way.

You may ask, "What if I'm not expecting a phone call, Eddie?"

WHAT??? If your resume is out there and you believe you have the goods, then be ready for a phone call. I can tell you from experience that the best phone calls come at the most unexpected times. What is off-putting is having to navigate someone's curmudgeonly attitude because he or she wasn't "expecting a call that day."

2. Be ready to make your pitch.
Can you articulate, on the spot and within 45 seconds, why you applied for a certain job? I hope so because that's what hiring managers like to hear.



In the podcast, my colleague mentioned being impressed by candidates who have more to say than, "I need a job." Even if honesty is the best policy, hiring managers want to know is why you applied for THIS job. Think of it as a chance to articulate your personal brand. This is where you can market your talent, experience, and intentions in a neat package.

3. Be mindful of the hiring manager's time.
I love communication but don't over communicate. Hiring managers have a lot to do so they like to keep conversations as short as 10 minutes. Don't rush your answers, either. Let the hiring manager guide the conversation. If she wants to spend more time with you, she will let you know.

4. Show character.
I talk to people who have issues all the time whether there are gaps in their resumes or they appear to be job hoppers. Be prepared to show some measure of accountability for a work history that may produce questions. This is not the time to make promises that you probably can't keep or play the blame game. The hiring manager will remember how you framed the part you played in your job history being what it is.

5. Have an attitude of gratitude.
Few things are more disappointing than talking to a job seeker who is actually annoyed that a recruiter or hiring manager is calling about an opportunity (normally because this person doesn't like the position, pay or company). This is where you practice the words, "Thanks for thinking of me but I am happy with my current situation." It also goes a long way when a candidate expresses gratitude for past opportunities, even the bad ones. I've had crappy job experiences like most people but I learned to make it a point to let hiring managers know that I was grateful to even have those opportunities. Make that hiring manager remember you for having a healthy perspective on life.
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
How a Young HBCU Alumna Landed a Big Company Job
Three Big Reasons You Are Expected to Do Your Homework About Potential Employers
Career Moves: Know Your Value
Many days in the life of...
Five Ways for Admissions Reps to Stand Out at College Fairs
#BBUM Provides the Perfect Opportunity for HBCUs
Latest Career Content
FBI Hiring Graduating Seniors and Recent Grads from HBCUs - Apply Today!

FBI Hiring Graduating Seniors and Recent Grads from HBCUs - Apply Today!

Prepare and apply by Sept. 30 at 11:59 pm (EDT) for the FBI's Collegiate Hiring Initiative. #FBIJobs #2021Goals Apply using the link below: https://www.fbijobs.gov/students/undergrad?utm_source=HB ...more
Will Moss • 426 Views • September 15th, 2020
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is Looking to Hire a VP of Operations / CFO - Submit Your Resume Today!

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is Looking to Hire a VP of Operations / CFO - Submit Your Resume Today!

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (“The Foundation”) works to improve the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage throughout the world. Conrad N. Hilton, founder of Hilton H ...more
Will Moss • 763 Views • September 14th, 2020
You Still Need to Shine in Your Virtual Internships

You Still Need to Shine in Your Virtual Internships

Written by Dr. Marcia F. Robinson at http://www.thehbcucareercenter.com Kudos to you for landing a summer internship during this pandemic. In all fairness, we wouldn’t have held it against you if y ...more
Dr. Marcia Robinson • 299 Views • September 11th, 2020
Add Your Resume to Niche Job Boards

Add Your Resume to Niche Job Boards

Written by Dr. Marcia F. Robinson at http://www.thehbcucareercenter.com The US economy is in recovery and employers are increasing the number of new job openings every month. Niche job boards are ...more
Dr. Marcia Robinson • 314 Views • September 11th, 2020
Looking for a Paid Corporate Internship in 2021?  Check Out Dot Foods!

Looking for a Paid Corporate Internship in 2021? Check Out Dot Foods!

Start Your CAREER with an INTERNSHIP at Dot Foods! Join Dot Foods—a forward-thinking, innovative company that’s committed to your professional development. When interning at Dot Foods, you ...more
Will Moss • 736 Views • September 9th, 2020
Popular Career Content
Considering an Internship?  Apply for the JP Morgan Chase BA Early Advantage Event!

Considering an Internship? Apply for the JP Morgan Chase BA Early Advantage Event!

BA Early Advantage At JPMorgan Chase we celebrate individuals who bring their unique experiences and different perspectives to the work that we do to serve our diverse customers and clients around ...more
Will Moss • 72,843 Views • February 24th, 2015
Careers on the east coast with Johns Hopkins Medical Center!

Careers on the east coast with Johns Hopkins Medical Center!

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center offers a unique environment to medical professionals from many backgrounds—an environment that combines the prestige and opportunities of a respected academic medi ...more
Will Moss • 38,373 Views • March 16th, 2009
Procter & Gamble Student Internship Program This Summer!

Procter & Gamble Student Internship Program This Summer!

Procter & Gamble is offering the experience of a lifetime. During the months of July & August 2011, P&G will host five different programs at our Global headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. These workshops ...more
Will Moss • 37,585 Views • March 8th, 2011
Today's Success Tip: Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the marshmallow...yet

Today's Success Tip: Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the marshmallow...yet

We were invited to the National Association of African Americans in Human Resource's reception held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis during the SHRM conference, and the gift/tip we walked away with w ...more
Elynor Moss • 28,277 Views • June 29th, 2012
The most important thing Warren Buffett looks for in job candidates

The most important thing Warren Buffett looks for in job candidates

When Warren Buffett considers hiring an executive for his company Berkshire Hathaway, he assesses their intelligence and drive. But more importantly, he said at a talk at the Ivey Business School in ...more
Elynor Moss • 26,186 Views • April 9th, 2015
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!