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Ask The Big Game Hunter: Responding to an Inquiry Through LinkedIn


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter asking about how to reply to a LinkedIn message from a prospective employer.


The question goes like this: "Should a job seeker respond to a LinkedIn message from your perspective employer, assuming they are interested in the job?" Short background. "I contacted ago in the industry am looking for work in and he sent the message a few hours later, outlining a new position in this firm in saying that he thought we could be of value to each other. Other than saying I love to hear more about this position, what should I say?"

In this particular instance, I don't know how close you are with this person. So, I need to work with the assumption that you don't know them well. That's the good be the way to answer the question 1st, then I need to go to the scenario where you know this person pretty well.

In the case of the "I don't know this person well," yes, you want to find out more about the job, what they know about the hiring manager, what the hiring managers processes like... Things along those lines.

You can ask them, "Could you set up a meeting for me to meet with the hiring manager?" That's probably as far as you would want to take it. Just talk about your interests and then just get excited and say, "this is what I've done. This is what I have done along those lines. You're absolutely right. This would be a great spot for me!" You get yourself all worked up and show your enthusiasm for the job.

If they say, "Nah, I need to get a resume in front of them," that lets you know that they may not be all that close to the hiring manager so that this would be a superficial introduction and, yes, he or she would put the resume in front of them, so ask them to follow up and see if they can arrange for an interview. That's really as far as you can take them.

If it's someone that you really know well, the next alternative is to say, "That spot sounds terrific. Could you invite me in for lunch and maybe have the hiring manager stop by for a few minutes to meet me." This way. It's a casual introduction to the 2 of you. The 2 of you can chat briefly while your friend is present (that way everyone is on good behavior and it doesn't seem like a real interview). You can check for 5 or 10 minutes about what you do and how you go about doing it, prepare for some of the superficial questions the hiring manager might ask, and then, at the end of the conversation, you can say to them, "I'd like to get together to talk with you more. Obviously, I'm here with so and so, I'd like to get the money conversation. Would you have time later in the week?"

"Sure. I'll get in touch I get in touch with you to so-and-so "

That person becomes the basis for the introduction.

So there are 2 ways I've offered depending upon how you know the person.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

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