Five Hidden Truths About Hiring Managers

By Steve Wyrostek | Small Business

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A hiring manager (HM) may be under pressures, dictates, whims and vagaries that you would never think of when you apply for a job.


Hiring managers have bosses, too. And they can exert a major influence on the hiring process. Following are two situations I experienced:

  • One boss got very upset with me because I hired a person who was overweight. In no uncertain terms, he told me to never do that again.
  • Another manager told me I gave too much money to a female I hired. The reason? She was single and didn’t need that much money.

Comments like these can alter a hiring philosophy in a hurry.

I have a problem

Often, hiring managers have a problem—poor morale, a backlog of work, or an area or position not functioning as it should. They are under pressure to solve that problem.

To illustrate this, when I interviewed for job as a manager, I asked the hiring manager (who would be my boss) what he needed done first. He told me what it was. I suggested how I would handle that and got the job.

HMs are looking for you to cure their ills and nothing else much matters if they don’t see you as the solution to their problems.

It’s work

Hiring someone is work. And who needs more of that?  It takes time and temporarily disrupts an already busy day. In fact, an HM could be very well distracted by an issue while interviewing you!

A 2013 Forbes Magazine article suggested that an average of 118 applicants apply for every open job!

That’s a lot of work just weeding out the resumes to the few who will actually get an interview.

Fear of Failure

I just read a stat put out by CNBC  that quoted a survey done by Express Employment Professionals.  This survey indicated that 77% of businesses expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year. That is a statistic that makes hard-working HMs uneasy. They’re going to go through all this again in a year? The retraining, finding another fit, spending more time and money?

Many HMs live in a world where fear of failure lurks just below the surface. A survey is not an excuse if the right person cannot be found to do the job or worse, if the person the HM hired can’t do the job, all while the HMs boss is harping- Hey, I thought this problem was getting fixed.

Friends and Others

Most HMs know people they’ve worked with in the past who might be good fits for a job (I once brought 7 qualified people into a company I worked for.) Colleagues and fellow managers might also have referrals. And, there also could be an internal that’s ripe for a new opportunity.

Don’t fret too much if you don’t get an interview. It’s not worth worrying about the reason (assuming your work docs are world class) because it’s out of your control, anyway

This article was syndicated from Business 2 Community: Five Hidden Truths About Hiring Managers

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