One of the most challenging times in the life of any applicant is the period of waiting- your job interview went great, and the employer said you’d hear from them soon. But it’s been a week or two, your phone hasn’t rung, and you’re anxious to hear from them. When you’re waiting to hear back about a job, time often seems like it’s passing unbelievably slowly, and each day of silence can be agony.
But no matter how anxious you might get, make sure that anxiety doesn’t drive you to actions that might harm your chances. Here are four things you may be tempted to do while waiting for that call – but which you should never, I mean, never ever do.
1. Do not check aggressively.It can be soul wrenching and nerve-wracking to wait to hear back from an employer after an interview. But if you get weak and give into those nerves by contacting them before you should or too many times, you risk the possibility of undermining the good impression you made when you met with the employer. This simply means that you shouldn’t check in before their timeline for making a decision has elapsed; sending emails after emails when you don’t get a response to your first message, or calling repeatedly looks pre
tty stalker-ish and I don’t think any organization will smile on such a behavior.
The truth is that the process of hiring often takes much longer than either side (applicant and employer) expects it to. The reality is that if an employer wants to hire you, they’re not going to forget about you. If you’re the best candidate, you don’t need to do anything out of the ordinary to keep yourself in the forefront of the hiring manager’s mind; you’re already there. Following up ONCE – after the timeline they give you for hearing something has passed – is fine. But, beyond that, I beseech you be patient and wait.
2. Do not bluff by saying you have another job offer when you actually don’t.If you have another offer that needs urgent response, then it makes sense to contact any other employers you’re waiting to hear from and let them know the actual situation and the challenge of time constraints.
But sometimes an impatient job candidate, who is overly eager to hasten the process along, might make up an offer, hoping that it’ll push the employer to move faster and make a decision. I must tell you; this is a dangerous and treacherous move, because there’s a possibility that the employer will tell you: “We can’t hurry up things on our end and we don’t want to prevent you from taking another offer, so we’ll remove you from consideration on our end.”
3. Do not stop applying and interviewing for other jobs.No matter how well your interview went, no matter how well you impressed the interviewers, no matter how perfectly suited for the job you are and no matter how keen your interviewers appeared to be about giving you the job, never make the assumption that you have the job in the bag. Even if positive signs seem to be falling like rain all around you, a better candidate could still emerge, the CEO’s niece might need a job, they might put an embargo on hiring altogether – and all sorts of other things could prevent you from getting an offer.
Until there’s an offer on the table, don’t count on getting any particular job. Keep job searching just as enthusiastically as you would have if you knew you weren’t going to get the job – because if you don’t get it, you don’t want to have wasted days or even weeks waiting for it when you could have been going for interviews and talking with other employers. Get other employers to notice you.
4. Do not go on journey/vacation and become inaccessible. I am not asking you to put your life on hold while you’re waiting to hear from a prospective employer – in fact, you shouldn’t. But if you’re have to travel and you’re going to be unreachable for more than a couple of days, and you’re at the finalist stage of interviewing, you should let the employer know. If not, you risk them contacting you with an offer, not getting a response, assuming you’re no longer interested and moving forward with other candidates instead.
So if you’re going away and won’t have phone or email access, just send the employer a quick email to let her know that’s the case and when you’ll return.
Trying to force the hand of fate will not do you any good. You’re far better off putting the job and the interview out of your head and making a conscious effort to mentally move on. Obsessing won’t cause a change or increase your chances, but it will make you miserable. Instead put out applications for more jobs, go for more interviews, put the job out of your mind, and let it be a pleasant surprise if you receive an offer.Steps You Should Never Take While Waiting to Hear from a Prospective Employer by Stellamaris Obomanu