can you contact a hiring manager with questions before applying for a job?

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I’m traveling to do some book promotion this week, so I’m running some reprints this week. This was originally published in 2012.

A reader writes:

Is it ever advisable to reach out to a hiring manager before applying to a position? For example, if you’re hoping for clarification of what they’re looking for in a candidate or something along those lines.  Is that okay or is it a bit obnoxious when you’re trying to get through piles of applications?

It varies, but in most cases, you’re better off just applying.

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