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Getting the Interview

by Stefanie Spikell, The William Shakespeare of Resume Writing/Career Coaching

When you are seeking an interview, you want to find the person who makes the hiring decision.  The Human Resources office is NOT the place to call.   They just do the paperwork. You want to find the person that will actually interview you. Don’t be too shy to call the company and ask who is the person in charge of such and so department, but don’t give away that you are looking for work or you might not get the information.

When you have made contact with the hiring manager, make your schedule for meeting flexible so that you can meet at that person’s pleasure.  Be sure to let them know you will meet before or after work or even on the weekend or away from the office.

Never let up on your search – especially not during the holidays.  Companies are always looking for the best people to hire, so don’t let a holiday stop your pursuit.

Follow these tips:

1.  Use email to send a persuasive introduction to the hiring manager.

2.  Show up at the company and tell the hiring manager’s secretary you will be happy to wait until the manager has time to see you.

3. Call the hiring manager before the start of the regular work day – you might catch them answering their own phone before the secretary gets there to do it for them.

4.  Write a letter to the hiring manger, marked “personal and confidential.”  Praise their secretary for the excellent job of protecting them from interruptions. Then launch into your request for an interview.

5.  Call the hiring manager on your cell phone from across the street and say you are in the neighborhood and would like stop in for a quick chat.  This might get you in the door.

Remember, the early bird gets the worm – so be diligent in your efforts if you want to succeed.


Stefanie Spikell, owner of two companies, Expert Resumes and Clear Communications Business Consulting (, is a noted business/careers coach, management consultant and resume writer. In her 20-year career, she has managed marketing communications departments for major engineering firms, taught at the university level, published hundreds of business-related reports and articles, and written thousands of winning resumes.