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You got the resume in the right hands, the recruiter loved you during the phone screen and now, it’s time to talk with the hiring manager. Before you go in there, you should know that hiring managers have their own ideas of “awesome for the job” and sometimes they do not align with that recruiter’s vision of the position. Related: 6 Things Job Seekers Do That Hiring Managers LOVE So many times, this is where a prospective hire goes north or south. Because it is ultimately the hiring manager who you’ll be working for, and his or her thoughts on the interview and you as a candidate are what’s going to matter. And throughout the process, the hiring manager is going to be thinking one these things:

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As a former hiring manager in several consulting firms, I often wondered if candidates were cognizant of the impression they made on employers. Related: How Hiring Managers Make Decisions Even small things, such as the frown displayed by an applicant upon arriving at an interview, or the worn-out jeans on an applicant in a roomful of suits, gave me pause as I worked to screen candidates. Ironically, many of the issues I spotted were easily fixed by taking care of seemingly minor issues. In some cases, these corrections would have made the difference in making the hire vs. taking a pass on the applicant! Here are 10 “little” things that make a big difference to hiring managers in your job search:

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