The Best Ways to Get An Interview

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the most and least effective ways to get a job interview

Today, we talk about the best ways to get an interview. Let me give you a context.

If you want to be referred to a product or service, you’ve done some research and you’re ready to make some choices, often, what do you do?

I’m not talking about flipping a coin, of course. You talk to friends, colleagues, business associates… People that you know and trust and rely upon. Then you make a decision.

In interviewing, you can do much the same thing. Let’s say you’re about a job opening. What can you do? Friends, colleagues and associates who you might know who can provide you with an introduction to the hiring manager.

Let’s work with the assumption that not everyone that you know is going to know something about the firm you are interested in. Why not just go to LinkedIn? Why not see if there is someone you can connect with who can provide you with an introduction? After all, many of these people get employee referral bonuses for recommending someone to their firm was hired.

Then I can simply do you was silent because you asked him for it. Yet the demonstrate that you have experience, knowledge, and skills that are suitable but let’s assume that you do. Do you think it’s better to go into the great abyss of the applicant tracking system or be referred by someone who already works there or contact the hiring manager yourself?

The second and third choice are clearly best in the likelihood of you getting through directly to the hiring manager but it’s hard and you have much greater chance of getting through if you are referred by someone who already works there.


Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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