Mr. Frugals has many years of experience interviewing for several Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 companies. This article is intended to help those who are struggling to get invited for a job interview. If you are struggling in getting invited to an interview, read on as I promise you will find something useful here.
Aside from having an effective resume tailored to the actual role you are applying for, there are other things you can do to increase your probability on landing an interview. The pre-requisite here will be that your resume is in tip-top shape. I will write a separate article on how to write an effective resume as there is a lot I can say about the topic. So, I will presume you already have a great resume. There are several things you can do to increase you chances on getting an interview. You would be surprised how simple and effective the strategies outlined below are. You would be even more surprised that many candidates are aware of such strategies but choose not to implement them because they are simply lazy. I urge you to implement all the strategies below and see how quickly you will get invited to multiple interviews.
How to Get a Job Interview: Strategy #1: find out who the hiring manager is and connect with them
This task may seem daunting at first, but an essential tactic in getting an interview. Especially, if your network is non-existent to begin with. By applying this strategy, you will not only effectively build your network that you can later leverage but also will set yourself planets apart from other candidates. So how do you go about finding out who the hiring manager is without a network of people? The first step is signing up on LinkedIn (if you don’t already have a profile) and sending an invitation to connect with as many individuals as you can who are close to proximity of the role you are targeting. For example, if I were applying to a financial analyst role in ABC Bank. As a first step, I would try to find out which department the role is in from the job description. Say, the role is in the treasury department. I would go on LinkedIn and search “ABC Bank treasury department HR” and “ABC Bank treasury department manager”, “director”, or “VP”. Don’t be afraid to connect with senior individuals. Those are the people who are most personable and would have authority and interest to help. You would be surprised that with the right approach, how many people will respond back and assist you.
It is very important that you send a personal note when you connect with others. LinkedIn has the option to send a personal invite, which allows you to write a brief note upon your request to connect. On a PC/Mac version of LinkedIn, I noticed you must request the connection first, and then you are provided with the option to add a note. Always add a note to increase your odds on getting an interview!
Below is a simple template that you can use to get started to increase your chances on getting an interview:
I noticed your ABC Bank is hiring for a financial analyst role. I was hoping I can get a few minutes of your time to learn more about the role.
How to Get a Job Interview: Strategy #2: send follow-ups and pivot
Be persistent. Now, there is a fine line between persistence and annoyance. If you don’t hear back from someone who accepted your connection in How to Get a Job Interview: Strategy #1, but has accepted your connection, send another note. They may have just missed it, intended to respond, or simply got busy with their day and forgot about it. You would be surprised how many times people apologize for not responding and will be quite helpful thereafter.
What happens if the individual explains they are not involved in hiring for a specific role? You pivot. You thank them for responding to you and that you appreciate their time. You then ask them if they can find out who the hiring manager is for the role. Once you obtain the name of the individual, you connect with them and send them a personalized note stating that you got your contact information from the person who you got it from! And now you look credible with a higher chance of getting an job interview!
What happens if the hiring manager either does not have LinkedIn or does not respond? Well, you find out the e-mail nomenclature for the organization your targeting. For example, if you google the name of the company + e-mail address, you will get an idea of what the e-mail style is. For example, if ABC Bank was a real company, perhaps it would be email@example.com. You can use the name you received and try and send an e-mail. If it comes back not received, try a variety of nomenclatures from which I am confident you will get it. This will set you miles apart from other candidates in getting an interview.
How to Get a Job Interview: Strategy #3: consistency is key
Be consistent with the above two strategies. If you don’t get an interview right away, don’t give up. If you stay consistent, you are likely to get more than one interview. But, let say worst case you don’t land an interview. You are still gaining something valuable. A larger network. Eventually, many people will notice you. The world is a lot smaller than you think if you are applying within a certain geographical area and targeting a specific role. Sooner or later you will get invited to one interview after another! But that is only a quarter of the way there. The next quarter is succeeding on the interview itself! The remaining half is keeping your job by performing well.
If any, or all these strategies were helpful to you in landing an interview. Please leave tell us about your interview experience in the comments below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know what worked on the interview and what didn’t. Also, be sure to check out our other articles that may be helpful to you such as Top 5 Most Successful Job Interview Tips, Top 5 Best Questions to Ask on Job Interviews, and Top 5 Tips on Landing a Job.