You nailed your interview. Cheers. Applause. You left with bright eyes and a smile, secure that you’ll be the chosen one for that position. You treated yourself to a nice lunch to celebrate, and then returned home to wait for the call.
And waited, and waited, and…waited.
The only call to break the monotony was from a telemarketer trying to extend your auto warranty for a car you no longer own. Sigh.
However, don’t despair. There are many, many layers of communication and decision making that need to happen behind the scenes before an offer gets extended; it takes time. Often a company will interview a set amount of people before making an offer, and even if you are the chosen candidate, the interview cycle needs to complete. HR must collect feedback from all of the interviewers/players and decide their approach as to the next step in the process. Remember how many variables exist on their end; many moving parts need to come together before an offer can go out the door.
So what do you do?
DO Wait patiently. We trust that by now you’ve sent your thank-you notes explaining exactly why you are the best candidate for the job. (You did follow up immediately with a professional thank-you note, right?) If you have not yet found time to complete a proper thank-you, it is better late than never! Use it as a touch point to keep yourself top of mind and always remember to highlight what makes you the best candidate. Otherwise, take some time to ride out the storm.
DO Follow up. Wait a few days, taking into consideration any information you were provided on ‘next steps’ at the interview! At some point, a simple call or email inquiring about the status of the role is perfectly fine, but make it brief, maintain optimism, and above all, be courteous. Here are some templates you can use to guide you. Don’t be a pest, but do stay actively engaged. If you plan to be away, let people know. If you have other offers coming in, you may want to leverage them depending on how you feel about the position. Think before you act!
DO Talk to your recruiter. The Masiello Employment Team has many repeat clients; we can help you better understand the hiring process – we are your ally. However, remember that we are in a very similar situation, we cannot move the process forward until the client says so. Trust our judgment and let us work things out; it is what we do best, and ask questions – don’t make assumptions.
DO Conduct every interaction like it is an interview. Remember, you are still being assessed for your behavior under pressure, even if you nailed the interview. If you conduct yourself poorly post interview, you can easily cost yourself the job. Always be on your game, determined, optimistic, and focused.
DO Keep Interviewing. Never stop the search, keep sending out applications, keep interviewing, always continue to stack the deck in your favor. Don’t set your sights on just one job offer, aim for three – that way you have options and leverage come negotiation time.
What don’t you do?
DON’T Be overly persistent. Most times, everyone on the hiring side is just as motivated to close the search and bring the best person on immediately. Be available, be interested, and be clear with your intentions. Don’t let too much time slip away without checking in, but calling daily is usually just a waste of everyone’s time when they could be doing what they do best. Don’t put anyone in the position of having to ignore or stop taking your calls because they do not have any additional information to share and believe speaking to you will just be a waste of time.
DON’T Complain (see above).
DON’T Vent on the Internet. Don’t. Do. It. It may feel good if something goes south, but it may also someday come back to burn you. Glassdoor and such are great for research, but be sure you are posting your thoughts based on a full set of information, and be ready to be responsible for your actions now as well as in the future. Now is not the time. You never know when that door may be opening up – a week, a month, life happens. Take the high road.
So remember, this is a stressful period for everyone, and all parties want the same thing – to bring on the right person for the job in as expedient of a manner as possible. With estimates for bad hires in the tens of thousands of dollars, there is a lot of due diligence companies need to complete before they offer a job, so be patient and on the ready should an offer materialize. Be positive, be confident, and remember that every interview, phone call, and interaction is a chance to build upon a relationship.