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Being a candidate in an organization’s hiring process can be exciting. It can also be stressful. After all, changing jobs is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. That’s why it’s important for job seekers and candidates to stay focused and on their best behavior during this process.

With that in mind, there are some things that employers want to see from candidates during the hiring process. These are things that make a candidate stand out and could be part of the decision-making process once the time comes to extend an offer of employment.

First and foremost, employers want honesty from job seekers and candidates. Even if you’re misleading, that can tarnish your reputation in the eyes of a hiring manager. A “little white lie” is still a lie.

Second, employers want communication. They don’t want job seekers or candidates who will disappear for long stretches of time, especially if the hiring manager is attempting to contact them about an important matter.

Third, employers want decisiveness. It makes sense that organizations want to hire people who can make decisions quickly, including important decisions. This is especially critical at the end of the hiring process, during the offer stage.

Remember that a search consultant or recruiter can help you through the hiring process and coach you on what hiring managers want to see. Recruiters can be even more helpful if they already have a working relationship with the hiring manager.

If you want to receive an offer of employment at the end of the hiring process, then you must give the employer what it wants during that process.

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