Inside the Hiring Manager's Head Part IV

left-brain-right-brain1-283x300Job interviews can be nerve-wracking. Knowing what the hiring manager is thinking may give you an edge. This is the final post in this series. What's Next?  So, you've interviewed, you've sent your thank you note... now what?  After all the candidates have been interviewed,  the hiring manager will check references. Be sure you've provided quality references because they can make or break your chances for a job when there is more than one well qualified candidate.

How The Decision Is Made  The manager will compare qualifications, communication skills and the candidate's goals to find the best match for the position. For instance, if the open position is for a front desk position, and the candidate states her goal is to be an RN, that may not be the best match of candidate to position.

The manager will narrow the candidates down to two or three top candidates and bring them in for a second interview when the physicians or other department heads may meet the candidate. They are looking for someone whose demeanor will "fit" with current staff and enthusiasm for the position.

Do Research This is a good time to ask questions of the staff which show your interest, eagerness and passion.  Be genuine and read social clues so you demonstrate that you want the job but are not intrusive.  This second interview is likely the time to discuss pay and benefits but it's best to let the manager broach this subject. Do research about pay ranges for the position in the area. The manager will have a pay grade in mind so if you are asked what salary you desire, be realistic and keep the area pay scales in mind. Usually it's better to state a range rather than a firm number.

The Offer  By this point, the manager will likely be ready to offer you - the top candidate the position! The manager wants you to succeed and is pulling for this 'marriage' to work so put your best foot forward as you accept the position and begin your new job.  Continue to demonstrate enthusiasm and as you integrate into your new 'work family' nurture your new professional relationships, ask questions and hold yourself accountable for learning and mastering new skills.  Congratulations on your new job!