June 24, 2018

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It May Be Time to Walk in an Employer’s Shoes

If you are in a job search and aren’t receiving viable hits, it’s time to walk a mile in an employer’s shoes. Okay, I realize what you may be thinking. For just one day, you would like an employer to walk in your shoes so they can be sympathetic to the stresses you are going through on a daily basis. That makes sense, since what most of us want is to be understood by others.

However, when I suggest you take the time to put yourself in the position of an employer, that isn’t meant to minimize the realities and responsibilities of your world. Your responsibilities sit across from you at the dinner table every night and they miraculously appear in your mailbox every month.

On the other hand, just as you would like to be understood, so do employers. And though you don’t have control over an interviewer, you have full control over what you decide to do during your job search.

A bad hire costs a company a lot of money, and they have their own concerns. A fundamental way to get ahead in the job search is to understand an employer’s perspective because their point of view is their truth, and their truth dictates how they will react. It will serve you well to understand what a bad hire costs a company.

Three Biggest Concerns of the Hiring Manager

  1. We all have been there, working in a department where there is an unproductive employee who insists on making waves; someone who has their own agenda and refuses to play by the rules. Perhaps you are searching for a job right now because of unbearable circumstances in your workplace. This is precisely what hiring managers are afraid of: losing good workers because of the actions of a bad employee. That cost is immeasurable.

  2. A hiring manager puts his or her reputation on the line when choosing to endorse a candidate. And that is exactly what a hiring manager is doing when submitting a name for consideration. If they make a bad hiring decision, their ability to make sound decisions is questioned.

  3. An employee is a representative of a company and a bad hire can have an adverse effect on relationships with vendors and/or customers. Employers fear the loss of valuable relationships that can result from the actions of an employee. Therefore, employers want to scrutinize the personality of candidates before an offer is extended.

Ways to Alleviate a Hiring Manager’s Concern BEFORE the Interview

Ways to Alleviate a Hiring Manager’s Concern DURING the Interview

- Linda Matias

Certified in all three areas of the job search – Certified Interview Coach (CIC) Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC) and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) – Linda is qualified to assist you in your career transition. Whether it be a complete career makeover, interview preparation or resume assistance. You can contact Linda directly at or visit her website

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