SCENARIO: The hiring manager at a recent job interview intimated that you were the ‘ideal candidate’ and that you could expect a job offer shortly. But it has now been more than 10 days with no word from him or the Human Resources Department. You really want this job and are just sick and tired of the whole job-search process. What can you do?
OVERVIEW: The hiring process was 22.9 days long (on average) in 2014, which is more than 10 days longer than in 2010, according to a recent Glassdoor study. That is a long time to be wondering about whether or not you will get a job offer, or even a second (or third) interview! Waiting patiently is for passive job seekers. You can do better.
SOLUTIONS: Resolve not to let a terrific job opportunity slip away silently or lose your sanity in the process. These action-packed steps can ensure you are a top-of-mind candidate for this job and many more.
1. Evaluate Your job Interview. Your job interview may not have been as stellar as you thought.
- Did you ask questions that demonstrated a clear understanding of the challenges inherent in the job and the impact of the job role on the company’s bottom line?
- Were you able to supply relevant proof of your past job performance and results, as well as up-to-date training and knowledge that would equip you to handle those challenges well?
- How did you establish your credibility as a unique job candidate for this job?
- Did you sum up the compelling reasons why you were the must-have candidate?
- Did you ASK for the job?
2. Follow-up. Sending a thank-you note (email or snail mail) within 24 hours after the interview is paramount. But don’t settle for the saccharin, meaningless variety.
Instead, reinforce your value as the top candidate with at least 3 examples of how you are the best-fit candidate.
This could include showing how you are a match with the company’s mission and values, have successfully tackled similar job challenges previously, built a deep network of industry insiders or book of customers, solved problems in creative ways that cut costs, improved efficiency, increased revenues, and others.
3. Be More Proactive. While the hiring manager seemed to like you and appeared eager to get you on board quickly, that person may not be the ultimate hiring authority. Who is?
Make it your business to find out who is involved in the final candidate selection. In fact, this is something you could have asked about at the end of the job interview. You will need to ‘make your case’ to all the people involved in the actual hiring decision rather than just one of them (the hiring manager).
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this SOS series and three more action-packed steps, including how to gain leverage with the hiring decision-makers.