How to Talk To A Hiring Manager

The things a hiring manager is looking for:

1. Confirm Interest

2. Match Core Skills

3. Assess Culture Fit


“Fit” is the most important hidden criteria

“It’s not about how similar you are to your interviewer. Fit is about having a unique perspective that enhances the team while also proving you’ll get along with the team.”

“All else equal, fit is someone who would make a seamless transition into the department from day one.” 

“Fit is someone who has a genuine, demonstrated interest in the company and product on top of a creative approach to the role.”

“Fit is the person I would be most excited to have walk into the office the next day.”

“It’s finding someone that I’ll want to go have a beer or glass of wine with outside the office because they can keep me interested.”


Things you need to do to make sure you “fit” shine through:


Understand the Culture

In order to show you fit in, you need to know what, specifically, the company stands for.

So do your research, and then show you understand the company and the position by weaving what you learn into your application and your interview.

Do Your Homework on Your Interviewer

Same goes with your interviewers. You won’t always know who you’re meeting with, but if you do, make sure you know their background and reputation to the extent possible—including what type of behavior might intrigue them or turn them off.


Show How Your Experience is Relevant

One of the most important ways to show you’re the right person for the job is to spell out for the interviewer how you would fit in to the position and the company’s goals. Giving a few examples of how your past experience is transferable shows that you’ve thought through how you would fit in to the organization—and makes things crystal clear for the hiring manager, too.


Make Your Enthusiasm Known

If you really want to work at a particular company, let it be known in multiple ways. Write it in your cover letter, share it during the interview, reiterate it in a follow up email (or even a hand-written note!), and attend company or industry events. You never want an interviewer to second-guess your interest in a position (not to mention, every interviewer likes to think they work at a desirable place!). So, show them the love in all of your interactions


Be Precise About Why You Want the Job

This is why it is important to do your research on the company to understand them more deeply, and then weave that into why it fits with the career path you are charting. Specifically, you should have clarity on their mission, their ecosystem (e.g., customer segments, key competitors) and their products/services. Ideally, in your research, you will find something that truly connects with your experience and/or professional interests and speaking to that will show a deep interest in the opportunity.

Proving team player attitudes

Hiring managers always look out for people who are perfect team players and easily get along with other people.

The Applicant should carefully prepare responses for questions shot by hiring managers. The answer directed from applicants should possess materials which prove that you’re a team player from previous achievements.

Right Attitude of A Candidate

The Attitude of an applicant is a mandatory aspect searched by the hiring managers’ highly motivated and enthusiastic applicant is what the hiring managers are looking for though they lack skills. Skills can be taught through training, whereas attitude is something which is within an applicant.

Be Positive, Not Negative

positive speech shows that the applicant is a positive person. Whenever the hiring manager shoots questions related to failure in your career or something negative, make sure to offer positive answers.

Be an agreeable person, who learns from negatives and failures instead of worrying. Also make yourself disciplined and stop blaming about your old boss throughout.

Ask Thoughtful Questions

Avoid administrative questions such as vacation policy. Instead, focus on high-value questions that show you are thinking about things that really matter such as “What does success in the role look like?” These questions will also better prepare you to engage on a deeper level in the following rounds, especially when speaking with the hiring manager.





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