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Persuading a Hiring Manager to Give You the Job

When you're a job seeker, it's easy to view every interview as if it's a high stakes event. You want to get the offer, even if it might not be the right job for you. It's easy to focus more on persuading the hiring manager than evaluating whether the position (and the company) are the right fit for you and your career. It's better to keep an open mind, do your research, ask questions and be open to the experience, rather than purely focusing on convincing the interviewer that you are the right choice. 

That said, you may already be convinced that this is definitely the job you want. How do you persuade a hiring manager to give you the job? The very best way to persuade someone to take action is to put aside empty words, and show your results. Talk about what you have achieved in factual terms. Did you improve a process, and save your employer $500K? If that helps you be successful in the position you are interviewing for, then share that, instead of "I have experience redesigning processes for efficiency."

Ask perceptive questions that show insight into the organization and its needs. Find out what problems the hiring manager is having, and offer solutions that work. Approach the conversation as if you are consulting, and show the other person that you can resolve issues, remove barriers, and generate success.

Relate your experience to actual accomplishments that are relevant to what the hiring manager needs. Be confident, but not arrogant, in your communication style. Listen as well as talking, and ask great questions that demonstrate your understanding of the organization, its current needs, and the challenges the hiring manager is facing.

Above all, persuasion is based in trust, authenticity and transparency. Don't pretend to be someone you're not, and never inflate your qualifications in an effort to get the offer or misrepresent what successes you've had in the past. Don't pretend to understand the industry if you don't, or if you haven't done your homework on the business. Put your best foot forward, and whether you get the offer or not, you will make a positive impact on that hiring manager. You never know where that connection will lead!

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Should You Use Jazz Hands in Your Next Interview?
banana jazz hands
banana jazz hands

If you interview with an organization that is not really into innovating, where the culture is strong for employees “knowing their place” and not stepping out of line, then:

Do not use jazz hands.

By that I mean, don’t show your personality, don’t raise your voice, and don’t laugh too much. HR isn’t all that funny to these people. This is serious business, and your demeanor should reflect that.

The only exception is if you want to do a little “Happy Hands” Club action, a la Napoleon Dynamite. That is probably sufficiently choreographed as to refrain from rattling your interviewers in a highly structured setting.

Happy Hands
Happy Hands

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You may be saying to yourself right now, “Why would you use jazz hands in an interview in the first place? You would look like a total fool.”

With experience, many of us, especially those of us in HR that see the hiring process play out over and over ad nauseum, eventually realize that getting the job can be a booby prize. If you get the wrong job, it’s hard to turn that giant cruise ship of your career around, while you leave another little piece of your heart in a place that doesn’t appreciate who you are and what you have to offer.

So even if your job search takes a little longer, consider heeding this advice:

Use jazz hands if that is who you are. And don’t, if it isn’t.

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