How to ask for a job interview


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Approaching a hiring manager for a job interview.

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How to ask for a job interview

  1. 1. Be confident. Be Prepared. Be Good.
  2. 2. Speak to the Hiring Manager DirectlyDo not waste your time leaving a message for thefront desk, administrative assistant or humanresource department. It is their job to screen theapplicants.You want to speak directly to the individual hiringfor the job. They are the one feeling the stress ofnot having that position filled yet and they arethe individual with the most detail about theopening.
  3. 3. Most Contacts will be by PhoneOdds are you will be calling.Ideally, you would go to the company, wait in thereception area until the hiring manager isavailable and then approach him/her requestingan interview.That is not always possible.
  4. 4. VoicemailYou will probably be directed to a voicemail. Thatis understandable.Anymore, most managers, directors anddepartment heads screen their calls via voicemail.It may take a number of left messages beforegetting a call back. Do not be discouraged.
  5. 5. You Gotta Try This is not a guaranteed way of landing ajob; however, it is one method you should definitely try.
  6. 6. How to ask for a Job InterviewI suggest you write out a script and practice itbefore you make your initial call.Think of your resume and how you wanted to beperceived.It is important to incorporate how you want to beseen to the hiring manager.Show him/her you are dependable, hardworking,efficient etc.
  7. 7. Be confident. Be Prepared. Be Good.“Mr. Petersen, my name is Jesse Butler. XYZ Publishingwas referred to me as an exceptional company to beworking for. I am account executive with over 12 years ofexperience between two companies. I have increasedsales for the last 7 years and have been awarded theSalesman of the Year Award for my recent sales increaseof 43%. I am presently available and interested inworking for a quality organization such as yours.I would like to meet with you as soon as possible. Pleasecall me at 123-456-7890. Again that was 123-456-7890. Ilook forward to hearing from you. “
  8. 8. Voicemail ExampleThis voicemail example portrays the applicant as a hardworking individual striving for continued self improvement.
  9. 9. It May Take More than 1 CallEven though the hiring manager is stressed from doing both his job and holding up theresponsibilities of the open position, he may not get around to hiring the position as soon as he/she would hope.
  10. 10. It May Take More Than 1 Call Leaving one voicemail may not be enough.Remind the hiring manager you are available and ready to relieve him/her of the extra work load. Tell the hiring manager how you will benefit them.
  11. 11. Follow Up Voicemail“Mr. Petersen, my name is Jesse Butler. I am theaccount executive with 12 years of experience. Icalled last week to inquire about the accountexecutive opening. I would still like to get togetherwith you to discuss the position and how I couldincrease your sales as I have my previous company. I know you are extremely busy. Please callwhen you have time available to meet. My number is123-456-7890. Again that was 123-456-7890. I lookforward to hearing from you.”
  12. 12. Remember: Do not be afraid to ask.You will never know if you don’t try.
  13. 13. Be so good, they cannot turn you away. Get the interview!