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How do you get Hiring Managers to interview you?

Veteran

Wayne Demetriff Hanover, MD

I seem to connect great with recruiters at all of the virtual events I attend and they take all my information and resume that they say they will be passing up to the hiring team/manager and then I don't hear back or have my application rejected. I interview great, from what I have been told, but I can't seem to get to the interview.

19 August 2020 4 replies Military to Civilian Transition

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Advisor

Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

I’d suggest that you network at the target company or industry. Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!

Advisor

Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

I’d suggest that you network at the target company or industry. Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!

Advisor

Robert Rahni New York, NY

Hi Wayne, great post! I can understand how deflating that could be.

Silly question- after the virtual or in-person hiring events/career fairs, do you followup a day or two later with a thank you email to the recruiters who take your resume?

May not make a difference but could help make you stand out further, especially given the high number of potential candidates they meet.

Hope this helps!
Rob

Advisor

ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Wayne,

Thank you for your service and thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear you have not been able to get an interview. We would be happy to find a mentor for you who can guide you through your goals for a year! You can sign up to join our program by clicking on "apply now" in the following link: https://www.acp-usa.org/mentoring-program/veteran-application

In the meantime, below are a few articles with tips and advice for impressing hiring managers, which can help you to get an interview with them.
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/ask-an-interview-coach-phoner/ from Glassdoor
https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-things-a-hiring-managers-probably-thinking-during-your-interview-and-what-to-do-about-it from The Muse
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/hiring-manager-interview from Indeed

I hope this helps!

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