2 Things Hiring Managers Should Do in Interviews Plus One Bonus | No BS Hiring Advice

Your job as a hiring manager is to evaluate and assess talent as well as to make them want to join. Here are two things you must do in your interviews PLUS the big bonus

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach, the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ, com, and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. I want to talk to those of you who are hiring managers who are in the mode where you're interviewing, and talk with you about minimally two things you should do in your interviews, plus the big enchilada, the bonus one, that, when you're interested in someone, you should really do. So here are the two things you need to do and I want to explain why these are paramount.
Number one is talk with them about the job. It's a 30 second conversation. You don't want them sitting there while you're basking, your own magnificence talking about . . . luxuriating in the description about every minute detail. Just give them 30 seconds of a description about the role and the expectations that you're going to have when when they come on board. This is important because it gives them a sense of you and your personality, but you're not droning on and on and putting them to sleep while you just talk.
As I've said to many job hunters, the more they talk, the more they like you. Well, I'll just simply say, over talking is too easy a signal for Job Hunters to know that you're interested. 30 seconds. Now, part of this is if they don't get the job, they're going to start going, "Man, I really wish that I got that opportunity." Then, they start promoting your job to people that they know.
Another thing to do is, 30 seconds again, talk with them about career opportunities. You can say, "hey, look, you know, I can't guarantee where you're going to be five years from. There's so many other factors that come into place, but what we've done in the past is," and then you talk about that. You do these conversations with energy, and with passion and with excitement because that's one of the things that people feed off of, unless you're in an analytical field where the personality types a little bit different. In an analytical area, you might speak meticulously about career opportunities, and the benchmarks for how people might advance.
Don't want to do that? Just keep it simple. You've got to talk about opportunities, it does become a differentiator in people's minds that they know they're not going to be doing the same thing for the next 30 years of their life. Who wants to do that? It also separates you from the other firms you're going to be competing with.
Here's the bonus and the bonus is so important. The bonus is two words to say when you like someone. It doesn't commit you to anything. but when you really like a candidate, I want you to say these words, "I'm interested. I just want you to know I'm interested. Here's what's going to happen next." Then, you kind of walk them through the process. You can say, "I've got three other people on my calendar to this week, one the beginning of next. And, you know, I want to do an evaluation of them, as well. I don't think it'd be fair if I just moved ahead with you. But I want you to know, HR will probably be in touch with you latter part of next week about scheduling the next round interview. At that time, what will happen is . . . " and you walk them through that. "We're not that far away from moving ahead but you gotta get through these hurdles, because we're still evaluating and assessing. Heygain, I just want you to know, I'm interested."
"I'm interested in what's going to happen next" is so important for the person that you look are interested in. Don't just say it to everyone. Say it to the ones that you're really interested in so that they know that you're going to be bringing them back. Notice I haven't used them. I've spoken about being interested, I haven't committed you to anything, but you're telling them what the process is going to be like over the next week or two so that you're managing their expectations.
If they follow up I say, "hey, if I haven't heard from you by end of next week, okay, if I follow up?"
"Absolutely, by all means do so. Just Just drop me a quick note, a text, a phone call . . . whatever it is and, "sometimes we have slippage. People have to reschedule but the way things are targeting now, I would expect that will work fine. "
So, again, part of this is always about selling your opportunity, and, in particular, selling it to the people that you're interested. I'm Jeff Altman. I hope you found this helpful. Visit my website, TheBigGameHunter.us. I've got a lot more No BS Hiring Advice that will help you plus information on how to be a better manager, job hunter, There is life coaching material there. There is a lot of great stuff that will help you in your career. By the way, if you're interested in a free discovery call And you want to talk about hiring, job search, what have you. you can schedule a free discovery call through the website.
Hope you have a great day and take care


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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