How to Research a Hiring Manager Before an Interview

Published: Mar 31, 2011

Career experts always tell job seekers to address their cover letter to the hiring manager—but all too often, that name is pretty difficult to come by. If you can’t even find out who’s behind the job posting, how will you research them before your interview? And what do you do once you know their name? Let’s start with figuring out who the hiring manager is for the specific position you’re applying for: Use Google. Search keywords in quotations such as the company name, department name, or position title to bring up relevant results. They may have divulged the hiring manager’s name in a previous job ad or company release. You can also try company directory websites, such as Jigsaw, to see if the contact’s name is listed there.

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