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Hiring Managers – 8 Secrets They All Know (Part 2)

September 10th, 2013
Do you know the secrets of your hiring managers?

Do you know the secrets of your hiring managers?

In part one of our two post series; we introduced the first 4 secrets that most hiring managers have been keeping to themselves. With the anxiety surrounding job interviews being so high, interactions with hiring managers can be intimidating to say the least; but what about  after the interview? Today, we delve deeper and will uncover the final 4 secrets that all hiring managers keep from employment applicants.

5. They underestimate time constraints: The time it takes to fill a position can vary, but in many cases, the hiring manager will expect a position to be filled long before the actual process will allow. Be sure to keep this in mind in the days or weeks following your initial interview.

6. Rejections letters are meant to be vague and lacking in detail: No one enjoys receiving a rejection letter, but remember that their lack of detail is intentional and that any real or honest explanation pertaining to why you were not offered a position will likely never happen. In fact, it is likely that the letter you receive is a drafted form letter sent out to the entire group of applicants.

7. They know the real meaning of “we will keep it on file:” Legally, companies must keep your application on file for a certain period of time, but it is increasingly rare for those files to be accessed for future opportunities. Keep this in mind when looking  openings later down the line.

8. They know that, “We will call you,” might mean that you’ll never hear from them: We all hope that when we hear a hiring manager say, “We will call you,” it actually means that they will call us, but it is important to understand that when those four words are spoken, we may or may not ever hear from that company again. 

The secrets uncovered throughout this blog  series are only a few that may be forever kept in silence by hiring managers; and while the idea of being kept in the dark is less than reassuring, the success or failure of an interview will always lie in the preparation. Be sure to check back in the coming weeks for tips, tricks and insider methods for ensuring success in your next interview!

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 4008.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131.

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Hiring Managers – 8 Secrets They All Know (Part 1)

September 3rd, 2013
Do you know the secrets?

Do you know the secrets?

Whether you are a seasoned professional or breaking into the business of your choice, interactions with hiring managers are intimidating and nerve wracking to say the least. We have all experienced an interview that left us with an urge for more information. In this two part blog post series, we will uncover eight secrets that hiring managers generally don’t share with employment applicants. Here are the first four:

1. Most interviewers are nervous too: This may not be the juiciest of secrets, but it is true that most interviewers have a case of the butterflies before walking into a candidate’s interview. It is also not unusual that many hiring managers consider themselves to be somewhat unskilled when it comes to conducting an interview.

2. They want you to let your guard down: Hiring managers are being intentionally kind and exceedingly friendly throughout your interview in hopes that you will become a more candid applicant, allowing them to get a better depiction of who you are as an individual and how you   might contribute to their company culture if offered employment.

3. If you don’t fit in, it will matter: You could be the most qualified candidate for a position, but if you do not fit into the company culture or identify with the general mindset of the current employees, the hiring manager may pass on offering you employment. Keep this in mind when applying for positions and be sure to only apply to companies in which you would enjoy working for.

4. The courtesy you give your current employer is a green light or red flag:  Hiring managers look at a multitude of details when speaking with applicants; this includes how they interact with others when the conversation is related to their current place of employment. When a manager asks when you could start at their company if hired, a candidate that gives a date prior to the appropriate two weeks’ notice could in fact put up a huge red flag for that manager. You may ask, “Why?” Well, regardless of your personal feelings towards your current employer, a lack of professional courtesy could be a foreshadowing of how a hiring manager would see you treating their company in the future. With this in mind, keep all discussions concerning your current employment positive and professional.

These four secrets are only the tip of the hiring manager’s secret iceberg. Be sure to check back next week as we uncover four more secrets and give even more insight into the mind of your next potential interviewer.

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 4008.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131.

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