Here's How to Ask if Someone is Hiring
A lot of people dont consider pounding the pavement as a viable way to search for a job. However, dont count out dipping into your favorite spot in person to see if theyve got any job openings. Despite that many companies use online applications these days, sometimes you just cant beat a face-to-face first impression. How do you inquire about a job in person? Read on to find out!
First impressions are key
First impressions are sometimes hard to shake. Thats why making a good one is so important. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has some great tips for making a good first impression in an interview that totally work if youre walking in to apply for a job.
- Shake hands and smile genuinely when you greet someone.
- Give great eye contact.
- Be mindful of your posture; stand tall and keep your shoulders down and back.
- Dont give one-word answers, they can make you seem curt or disinterested.
- Silence your phone and keep your eyes off it.
- No gum!
Surefire tips on how to inquire about a job
While asking about a job in person might be a little different at every business, there are some basics that are applicable pretty much across the board.
Do some research ahead of time
Use the internet to look up some basic facts about the business, like the hours theyre open, what the company culture is like and what kind of products they sell. You can use several resources to find information, including:
- The companys website
- Their social media accounts
- Search engine results to see any news stories about the company
- People you know who work or have worked there
It can also help to do a little research on the industry in general, as well as the companys direct competitors. This will head off any confusion surrounding industry-based questions and may give you a leg up during a casual interaction or interview.
This applies whether youre asking for a job in person or putting in applications online. Not only will you be able to get an idea of whether a certain company is really a place you want to work, youll also find yourself more prepared to interview.
Think of it like an interview
This means that you should dress and prepare accordingly.
Many interview gurus say that you should dress for the position that youre seeking. However, at many places where applying in person is common practice, you may find that the employees day-to-day wardrobe is a little too casual. In that case, you can opt for a look thats casual but still professional. That means no tennis shoes or flip flops, no cut-off jeans or shirts and clothes that are clean and wrinkle free. Also, make sure youre well-groomed.
Seriously, though. Sometimes you may be offered an on-the-spot interview and you dont want to feel ill-prepared. Everyone does better in interviews when they are prepared to give their best. Speaking of
Here are some things you can do to make sure youre prepared:
- Fill out a sample job application with your work and education history, contact information for your references, and other commonly requested information so that you have all the pertinent details with you.
- Bring your calendar so you can let them know when youre available for an interview or to work.
- Make sure youve thought through why youre qualified for the job youre applying for.
- Think about why you want to work there. If you prepare a little blurb on the subject ahead of time, you wont feel so put on the spot if youre asked to interview and they ask this common question.
- If you dont feel particularly confident, it can help to practice the things you want to say until you feel more comfortable and self-assured. You can use a mirror or bounce ideas for your script off a friend or family member.
Anything you can do ahead of time to make sure you put your best foot forward is a step in the right direction.
Time it just right
Its bad form to bother someone when theyre busy at work. Do your best to pop in when the business isnt swamped. If the company is listed on Google, you can often find when their most popular times are and when they tend to be less busy.
This is important because employees and managers you speak with will be less likely to be stressed out. If you walk into a stressful work environment, it could paint you in a bad light even if you were actually just in the right place at the wrong time.
You may also find that the staff have a little more time to get to know you if theyre not busy.
Keep a resume handy
While you might file this one under the Be prepared heading, it deserves attention all on its own. Do you really need a resume when youre walking in to fill out a job application? The answer is that it never hurts to have one ready. At more casual places of employment, the manager may not necessarily need a resume and may not even want one. However, you can always ask to leave your resume with the application.
An attractive resume can go a long way to showing that youre responsible and prepared. Dont have one? No problem, weve got you covered. You can create a resume free on Snagajob, and well do all the formatting for you.
People rarely make the best impression when theyre stressed, anxious or just plain wound up. If youre really worried about what to say when you walk in to apply for a job, its likely you wont sound confident and capable.
Obviously, if youre taking the time to walk in for an application, its important to you. Try to stay calm about it. If calm is a struggle, you can try some deep breathing exercises. Create a mantra to help you feel more confident. Something like, Im prepared, Im qualified, and success will find me, might do the trick.
When is it a good idea to ask about a job in person?
Asking about a position in person might offer a little more oomph in certain situations. Some companies even expect or require you to apply in person. If the business is a bar, restaurant or retail shop, theyre more likely to allow or require applying in person. You might benefit from inquiring in person if youre a regular at the place where youre applying.
Heres how to inquire about a job, the right way, step by step
1. Nail the introduction
When you walk in, find an employee who seems available to talk and introduce yourself. Make sure they arent busy first! Be sure to smile and offer an appropriate greeting to everyone you meet through the whole encounter. Tell them youre there to inquire about a job.
2. Ask for the manager
Once youve politely introduced yourself to an employee, ask them if a manager is available to chat about job opportunities. Its super important that you make it clear to the employee that you are there to talk about a job. Otherwise, they may be wondering if theyve done something wrong or if youre unhappy about a product or service youve received.
This will give you the opportunity to make a great impression where it really counts. Sometimes the hiring manager isnt always on site, but dont be discouraged! Just go ahead and leave your application.
3. Get right to the point
If youre able to get an audience with a manager, be sure to tell them as soon as it seems polite that youre inquiring about a job or that youd like an application. Chat them up about the business and your personal situation. Its likely that theyll want to get to know you a little, especially if youve made a great first impression.
Once again, be prepared to interview immediately.
5. Follow up
Make sure that you get contact information for the manager before you leave (if you havent already been offered a job, that is). Send a little thank you note or a follow up email to say how grateful you are for their time and consideration. This can help remind them how great you were to deal with and maybe even land you the job.
Now that youve learned how to ask someone for a job opportunity, youre ready to hit the streets and start searching!Katy Boyles | Jun 12Katy is our Social Media Manager at Snagajob, where she loves talking to hourly workers and employers all day long. Her first hourly job was as a hostess.