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Five Secrets to Landing Your Dream Job

Lisa M. Manley -- Interviewing and landing your dream job can be stressful. One recruiter offers fundamental tips for a successful job search.

We all know people who always seem to be good at everything they do and land every job they apply for. What do they know that others do not know? As recruiters who place candidates in positions we see what separates the candidates who get the job from those who do not. The good news is simple steps can make the difference. Here are our top 5 secrets to landing your dream job.


In a world of self-help books and seminars on being a stronger, more confident person surprisingly very few people go into the interview confident they are the best candidate for the job. Being confident is key to employment for a few reasons. People who exude confidence, carry themselves better, answer questions with authority and are assured enough to ask great questions during the interview impress hiring directors. Think of it this way, if you are not confident in your ability to land the job, why will the hiring manager be confident in your ability to do the job.

It can be hard to change your personal outlook, but you can take steps to appear confident in the interview. This is where eye contact, smiling, posture and speech can make a difference. Walk into the interview with your shoulders pulled back and you will appear confident. Smile when you walk in the room, which will make others feel more comfortable around you. Make sure you maintain eye contact, keeping eye contact shows confidence. Also be sure to speak slowly. Research shows people who speak slowly and clearly feel more self-confidence and appear more self-confident to others.


This is an easy one to accomplish. If you have an interview you need to look the part of the role you are applying for. If you are interviewing for a pharmaceutical sales job you cannot go to the interview in a pink suit and expect to be well received. If you are not sure what the corporate attire is call customer service and ask. A hiring manager's first impression is your appearance, so start the interview off right by being well groomed and wearing neutral colored suite. As mentioned before, make sure you appear confident as well.


Being organized is probably one the most common answers people give when asked on an interview, "What is one of your best qualities?" So it is important to not only answer the question, but prove it during the interview. Come to the interview organized. Have your questions prepared, resume, business card, business plan, computer or other materials for the interview ready to go. Part of being organized is also being prepared, which leads us to our next point.

Be Prepared

Being organized and being prepared go hand in hand. If a candidate is organized they will also be prepared. To prepare for an interview there a few things that must be accomplished. These are a few of the musts to prepare. Slipping up and forgetting any of the following can cost you the job.

-- Bring 2-5 copies of your resume
-- Check out the company's website and understand the products and services
-- Know who the company's competition is
-- Know who you are interviewing with and where they previously worked
-- Come up with 3 good questions for the hiring manager


You can wow the hiring manager and have a home run on your interview. However, if you do not follow-up it is a sure way to get knocked out of the running. Always reach out to the people you have interviewed with and thank them for their time. If they have requested additional information from you, make sure you send it in a timely manner. Following up shows the hiring manager you want the job and will be a conscientious employee. If the job comes down to two front runners the person who does not send a thank you card will be sure to get bumped out of the front spot.

Interviewing and landing your dream job can be stressful. Get the edge and follow our tips.


Lisa Manley is a medical recruiter. For up to date medical headlines and career news visit

© 2018 Lisa M. Manley

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