The Importance of Being an Informed Candidate

As an informed candidate, you have researched the company, understand the role requirements, and have reasonable pay expectations before applying for a position. As a result, you possess the right information for an interview and increase your odds of being extended a job offer. Therefore, it is in your best interest to become an informed candidate when finding your next position.

  • Arrange an Informational Interview

Being an informed candidate may include setting up an informational interview. An informational interview can provide inside information about the company, department, position, and culture. If you are working with a recruiter who has direct contact with the hiring manager, then set up an informational interview with the recruiter. An informational interview can provide inside information about the company, department, position, and culture. Use LinkedIn to target company employees in lower management roles who have a shared connection or similar interests as you and may make time to meet with you. Send the employee a message through InMail or email asking for their help. Mention why you chose the person. Perhaps you admire their career path, think they do outstanding work, or have a shared connection. Specifically state what you are looking for while making it easy for them to agree to meet. For instance, “I’d love to take you to a quick coffee so I can hear your perspective on this industry and what it’s like to work at your company. I’ll be in your area next week and would be happy to meet wherever is convenient for you.” Be sure you thank them for their time.

  • Understand the Role

Being an informed candidate means that you understand the role. You save the recruiter/hiring manager time by demonstrating your expertise through your cover letter, resume, and questions asked during the interview. You put thought into how your experience qualifies you for each aspect of the position. For instance, you know what the company does, who their customers are, how they make money, who their competition is, and what type of culture they have. An upfront understanding of job expectations and the issues and challenges the company is facing shows you are prepared to follow through on completing the work to the best of your ability.

  • Tailor Your Cover Letter and Resume

As an informed candidate, your cover letter and resume are tailored to the role. For instance, because you use the job description as a guide for listing your relevant skills, experience, and accomplishments, you show exactly why you should be called in for an interview. Also, detailing how your background is clearly aligned with company goals and role requirements communicates the thought you put into writing your resume just for the recruiter/hiring manager. Additionally, placing relevant industry keywords throughout your cover letter and resume shows you know how to use the terminology.

  • Ask Intelligent Questions

As an informed candidate, you ask intelligent questions throughout the interview. For instance, you request additional information on recent news about the company or product/service developments, job responsibilities, and topics that come up during your discussion. Asking informed questions shows you conducted research before the interview, remained engaged during your conversation.

When looking for your next opportunity, reach out to Next Level Professional at (262) 293-4288 or e-mail paul.ladson@nlstaff.com for assistance.