Potential Employers Only Have Three Questions

Re-syndicated from MENGonline.com

Members of our Marketing Executives Networking Group provided these three questions that potential employers really want to know about you before making a job offer.

1. Can you do the job?

Recruiters and most human resource departments are looking for:

  • Same title.
  • More prestigious company, usually in the same industry.
  • Promotions and successes as documented in a resume and substantiated during the cross-examination of behavioral interviews.
  • References that don’t weaken the candidacy.

2. Will you be happy doing the job?

Don’t be confused:  Companies haven’t become altruistic all of a sudden.  If you’re happy with both the company and job, you’re most likely to:

  • Be productive.
  • Not cause problems, including pushing for a promotion as management structures are becoming more horizontal.
  • Stay and do the job that you’re being hired for.

3. Will they like working with you?

When it’s 8 PM and you’re on the team, will they be glad that you’re there?  Sure, you need to be competent to do what you were hired to do, but personal chemistry is more important.  The 4 keys, probably in this order:

  • Positive.
  • Helpful.
  • Reliable.
  • Competent.

I believe that most hiring teams are a little overly confident that all of the finalists are competent, so subconsciously the more personal and emotion considerations often will drive the decision which candidate to hire.

About Richard Sellers

Richard is Chairman Emeritus of the Marketing Executives Networking Group, founder of Demand Marketing consulting firm, and former Sr. VP of Marketing for three multi-billion dollar companies: CEC, WLP, and Service Merchandise. His early career was at GE, P&G, Playtex, and Marketing Corporation of America. He’s also a volunteer counselor for SCORE assisting small businesses in upstate New York. You can follow his communications about marketing, job search and careers here and at mengonlineENTREPRENEURS QUESTIONS, and on Twitter at @Sellers_Richard.



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