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Winning the Heart of a Hiring Manager


How to use vulnerability and transparency to land a job!

Securing a job opportunity requires more than just having the right qualifications and experience. Hiring managers are not only looking for skills and competencies but also seek candidates who are genuine, transparent, and open about their goals, interests, and expectations. ​

Let’s explore the importance of honesty during the interview process and discuss effective techniques to win over hiring managers.

Embrace Transparency​

During the interview, candidates should be forthcoming about their workstyle preferences, salary expectations, and any unique personal circumstances that provide clarity. This includes clarity about your desired work arrangement, such as a hybrid/on-site or remote.

If you feel strongly about having remote work, you must provide a detailed explanation of why this arrangement is important and how you plan to ensure effective communication and collaboration. This level of transparency helps build trust and enables the hiring manager to assess your suitability for the role.​

Be Honest and Authentic​

Showing the real you is the foundation of any successful relationship, including the professional one. Be honest about your motivations for seeking a new job, such as career growth, a desire for new challenges, or a change in your work environment. If there are any gaps in your employment history, truthfully explain the reasons behind them.

Share Personal Insights

While maintaining professionalism, candidates can strategically disclose personal information that can help create a connection. When opening up about personal experiences, you should focus on how these experiences have shaped your professional growth. Sharing personal insights in a genuine and relatable manner can develop empathy and create a deeper connection with the hiring manager.​

Be Vulnerable​

When expressed tactfully, this can be a powerful tool and can showcase a candidate’s authenticity and emotional intelligence.  While you should avoid oversharing personal information that may not be relevant, sharing something insightful may help the hiring manager better understand a candidate’s need for a flexible work type, certain hours, or pay.

Remember, presenting your genuine self is a powerful technique and will make a lasting impression on a hiring manager.