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Tips on how to impress recruiters and hiring managers

Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

Trying to land the job of your dreams can be akin to negotiating a maze, where you continually are forced to decide which path to take, right or left, right or left, right or left.

Well, I’ve got some research hot off the press that gives you a look into the mind of more than 400 recruiters and hiring managers across many industries. The study was conducted by Lee Hecht Harrison, a firm that helps companies find jobs for individuals who have been laid off.

Here’s your compass for working your way through the employment maze.

When you apply for an opening, your industry experience is the most important factor these hiring professionals consider. Without the relevant experience, the rest of your background doesn’t often make much difference. But if you do have the appropriate industry experience, these are the other factors that can make or break whether you are invited to an interview:

  •  The clarity and professionalism of your resume
  • Your computer skills
  • Other job-related skills

If you land an interview, the communication skills you exhibit during the interview are even more important than your industry experience. But the research you do to prepare for the interview and your apparent cultural fit are also vital to your chances of receiving a job offer.

The study also pointed out the biggest no-no’s from the perspective of the individuals who evaluate job candidates. Some are obvious, based on what I wrote above. Some may not be. Here’s the list:

Biggest mistakes that candidates make:

  • Communicate poorly during an interview
  • Fail to prepare for the interview
  • Show up late for the interview
  • Act impolite or inappropriate during an interview
  • Wear inappropriate clothing to an interview
  • Fail to turn off their cell phones during the interview

Other non-no’s:

  • Spelling errors in the resume
  • Lack of job-related skills
  • Lack of knowledge about the position and the company
  • Poor cultural fit
  • Lack of computer skills
  • Inappropriate posts on a social media profile
  • Lack of knowledgeable references

I hope this information helps you improve your chances of being considered for a position. It also should help you avoid wasting your time on pursuing positions that aren’t the right fit. In the next blog, I’ll help you write an effective cover letter.


8 Responses

  1. gabriellepolin91 May 31, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Hello, I am new on this blog site and was wondering if you have any advice as to how to get to the interview stage in job opportunities at the corporate offices. I am currently a cashier and have continuously worked for Publix for 6 years. I just graduated in April from Florida Southern College and am having a little trouble getting an interview; even for jobs I seem over qualified for. :/ if you could let me know of any tips, that would be greatly appreciated.

    -feeling troubled

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge May 31, 2013 at 9:34 am #


      First of all, thank you for your dedicated service to Publix. And congratulatons on your degree! What an accomplishment!
      Competition for every job at Publix — in our stores and in our support facilities — is very stiff. Here are my tips:

      1. Make sure you only apply for positions for which you meet all REQUIRED qualifications.
      2. Most everyone who is hired into a corporate position also meets most of the PREFERRED qualifications.
      3. Make sure your resume is thorough, correctly listing all titles you’ve held, the duties you performed on each job, and the years you were in those jobs.
      4. Write a different cover letter for each job for which you apply, focusing on why you would be valuable in THAT job. For instance, point out in your cover letter how you meet the qualifications for that position.

      I hope this helps!


  2. dipakpattni August 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    I found about your blogs on the LinkedIn website where I am member. These Publix company blogs are excellent with a lot of useful information

    I am currently in the job market for a Pharmacist position. I have been in this industry for more than 20 years since I graduated in London in 1984.

    In the current market, there are not many jobs out there and a surplus of pharmacists.

    I have worked for various companies during my career and have skills which any potential employer would sort after.

    I am always on the look out for any opportunities to work for such a great company as Publix.


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm #


      Thank you for reaching out! We’re glad you enjoy our blogs.
      If you are interested in Pharmacist opportunities at Publix, please email
      She is our Pharmacy recruiter.
      Have a great weekend!


  3. patrickreyes October 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi, Patti
    my name is Patrick i just got an interview for a position stock deli but the store manger told that he will let me know on this Thursday to see if I’m capable for the job, what i want to know is that what advice can you give me too see if i can get the job without him over thinking, and to see why he didn’t say anything during the interview, I applied at Publix universal blvd with destinational pwky. please help get the job or whatever advice.
    thank you for your time.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge October 9, 2013 at 9:17 am #


      The Store Manager is likely interviewing several people and deciding which one is the best fit. The only advice I could give you is to write a thank you letter that explains the top reasons why you think you would be a perfect fit. Then deliver it to him as soon as possible.
      Thank you for your interest in working at Publix!


  4. Patti Breckenridge
    Patti Breckenridge April 21, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    Could you provide more specifics about what you want?


  1. acne - April 20, 2013


    I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout of your blog? Its very nicely written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little much more within the way of content material so people could connect with it much better. …

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