Most of the information out there about communication throughout the interview process is typically written towards the hiring manager. However, communication is just as important for you, as a job seeker.
When you have interviewed with a hiring manager for a position, many managers will be looking for a candidate who follows up and communicates well during the process.
When you are communicating effectively and quickly with a hiring manager, you are displaying key traits that may be desired for the position.
For example, if interviewing for a sales position, the manager is likely searching for someone who has strong follow up skills. No manager wants a sales rep that will forget about potential or existing customers and disregard the importance of communication.
Not only is this a trait that managers are looking for in sales positions, but strong communication skills are also needed in many different roles within a company.
By demonstrating your strong communication skills, you are proving to the hiring manager that you are a go-getter and that you have thorough follow up skills.
Desire for the Job
Not only do strong communication skills show that you are a go-getter, but they also demonstrate your desire for the job.
Most managers want to hire someone who not only has the appropriate skills for the position, but someone who also WANTS the position. If a hiring manager has not heard a peep out of you since the interview, he will likely assume that you decided it was not a fit or that you are not very interested.
If you want the job, make sure the hiring manager is aware of this!
In the past, I once knew a hiring manager who interviewed three strong candidates for a position. All three candidates interviewed well and had the required skills needed for the position. My hiring manager was stumped, unsure of who to select for the position.
That quickly changed when one of the candidates was the first one to follow up with him the day following the interview. She expressed appreciation for the hiring manager’s time and her interest in the position, asking for the next step in the process. Immediately, without further thought, my hiring manager decided that this was the candidate for the job!
By not allowing herself to be forgotten, this candidate came out on top, snagging the desired job offer, while my hiring manager ended up with an excellent employee who refused to be forgotten by not only the hiring manager, but by clients as well.
What are some other reasons why communication is important for a job seeker during the interview process?