The average number of interviews before getting a job varies by job, industry, and market conditions, but it doesn’t matter as much as tracking a metric that focuses you on getting interviews.
The Best Job Search Performance Metric
This is so true that when I worked in contingent fee search, I charted the number of candidate “send outs” to hiring managers I achieved each week. I accurately predicted my placements and income with that single metric.
How many times will you send yourself out on interviews this week? How many meetings have you scheduled with hiring managers? If the answer is “zero,” don’t expect any job offers.
Be a geek. Track and chart the number of times you meet with a hiring manager each week. Get a feel for the average number of interviews before getting a job in your target position. Work towards hitting that number. What gets measured gets managed.
At a more granular level, check each of your job search activities for its connection to getting you in front of a hiring manager. Your time is a resource constraint. Direct it to activities that will win you meetings with hiring managers — the biggest condition precedent to getting job offers.
Keep Your Goal (the Average Number of Interviews Before Getting a Job) & Performance Metric (Number of Interviews) Top of Mind
One of my resume clients had a sign taped above his computer when he was looking for a job. It read, “Is What I’m Doing Right Now Directly Connected to Getting Me in Front of a Hiring Manager?” Or something close to that. I don’t know. I didn’t see the sign. He told me about it. I loved it!
- Quantify a goal for the number of hiring managers you want to meet with every week, two weeks, or month.
- Chart your goal and your number of meeting each week. Print the chart and tape it up where you work on your job search.
- Move it once a day so it doesn’t become part of your landscape.
- Visualize success by printing a picture of a “job seeker” meeting with a “hiring manager.” Tape it up too.
- Program your calendar to ping you throughout the day to “take an action that will put me in front of a hiring manager.” That will stop Scrabble and Facebook drift.
Why Bother with Performance Metrics in Your Job Search?
There’s research that shows that goal setting increases job search success.
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Updated May 2017
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