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How to Become a Hiring Manager's Dream Candidate

October 12, 2017


Want to know what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in a dream candidate? Well, now we know! 750 hiring decision makers revealed in a Glassdoor article that a quality job candidate is an informed candidate. What is an informed candidate and how can you become one? Read on!

What is an informed candidate and how do you become one? 


Here are what 750 hiring managers surveyed defined as an informed candidate and our advice for meeting these criteria:


1. Prepared for the interview and asks pertinent questions

The key here is research. But don't limit your research to just the company's website.

  • Check out the company's social media channels and any articles written about the company in the press.

  • Find out what their customers are saying about them or their product/service.

  • A company's culture is directly linked to the company's leadership team - research their bios and LinkedIn profiles. If it's possible, attend events where they might be speaking.

  • Network and connect with company employees as well for an inside scoop.

  • Understand the "Why" of the company. What's their mission? How can you help them achieve it? 

  • Last but not least, try to find out who will be interviewing you. Learning about the interviewer's background, their position in the company, and interests you may have in common will help spark and stimulate your conversation with them.

Once you've gathered all of this information - make a list of thoughtful questions that demonstrates your knowledge and interest in the company. 


2. Demonstrates the right experience


Read the job posting carefully to understand what kind of skills the company is looking for. Tailor your résumé and cover letter point by point so it demonstrates how your experience matches the experience and skill sets they need in a candidate. 


3. Knowledgeable about the job role


Understand as much as possible about what the job entails. Connect with employees that have been in the role or that currently work in a similar capacity. If that's not possible, the second best approach is to try to speak with professionals that hold that role in other companies or organizations. 


4. Knowledgeable of the organization's culture and values


Again, you can usually gather this type of information on a company's website, on their social media channels, and to some extent on employer review sites. The best way, however, is to connect with current employees. Finding a good "fit" is in the best interest of you and the company, so being knowledgeable about an organization's culture is extremely important before you set foot through the front door.


5. Prepared so that they have the right expectations about compensation and



Nothing kills the warm fuzzy feeling of a job opportunity faster than when a candidate enters into a negotiation with an employer with unrealistic expectations about salary and benefits. Especially if the expectations are unrealistically high. You also don't want to say "I don't know" if asked about your salary expectations. That is the very definition of being uninformed. There are many websites including Glassdoor and Payscale that will give you a range to ensure you're in the right ballpark. Remember that salary is location specific. You cannot demand the same compensation in Vancouver as you could in New York. 


6. Engaged in their job search

Demonstrate drive, confidence, and that you know what you're after (even if you don't). Being engaged is not the same as being active. Actively sending out CVs to every job posting under the sun doesn't necessarily mean that you are engaged. Being engaged means taking it a step further. It means being knowledegable about the industry, about the competitive landscape of each company, and about meeting new people and making valuable human connections so that you are informed about the overall job market that's relevant to you.


7. Relevant as they present a customized résumé and/or cover letter. 


Keep a master copy of your résumé and then tailor it to each job application you submit. Don't know what to keep and what to omit? Here's a tip: keep your résumé to 1 page. Most hiring managers prefer it AND it helps you edit out impertinent information. Your experience as a dishwasher during high school might have been a valuable one, but probably isn't going to be a deal breaker for the Financial Analyst position you're pursuing. List additional details in your LinkedIn profile. If your résumé and cover letter tick all the boxes - you can bet the employer will look into your LinkedIn profile (and social media profiles) for secondary information that will help round out their sense for your general personality.


8. More thoughtful about where he/she works.


Employers will often ask where else you're looking for opportunities. This isn't because they want to chastise you for being interested in working for their competitors but to gauge how interested you are to work for them. They want to know that you've been thoughtful about finding work in companies/organizations that speak to you and to your values. They want to know that you're being as diligent about finding work that you enjoy, at a company that's a good fit for you, as they are in evaluating candidates. The hiring process is costly - the employer doesn't want to have to do it again if it doesn't work out with you. 


Read the original article on Glassdoor.