Hiring Managers Interview Average of Six Candidates Per Job Opening

MENLO PARK, CA -- While hiring managers frequently are inundated with resumes for open positions, a new survey shows only a handful of applicants actually make it to the interview stage. Executives polled said that, on average, they interview six candidates for each job opening.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from 150 executives -- including those from human resources, finance, marketing, information technology and operations departments -- with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

Executives were asked, “On average, how many candidates do you interview for a position before you make a hiring decision?” The mean response was six. “Once you secure an interview, you’ve crossed a major hurdle and are one of only several candidates -- from a field of many -- under serious consideration,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. “The key then becomes presenting your skills and talent effectively and building rapport with the hiring manager to distinguish yourself from other candidates.”

Domeyer offered these tips for a successful interview:

  • Put yourself in the hiring manager’s chair. He or she is looking for a strong work ethic, motivation and a positive attitude. Be sure to emphasize these qualities during the discussion.
  • Know how to handle tough interview questions. No matter how prepared you are, you may get a curveball or two. Take your time and keep your responses to these questions concise.
  • Be yourself. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. It benefits both you and the hiring manager to present an accurate picture of your skills and work style so you can ensure the right match.
  • Focus on your value to the company. What makes you a good fit for the job? By discussing experiences and accomplishments that relate directly to the open position, you demonstrate your ability to become an immediate contributor.
  • Find your unique selling proposition. What distinguishes you from the five or so others who are vying for the job? Know your strengths and emphasize those aspects of your skills and experience that make you a standout.

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