As he walked around the boardroom table to shake my hand, I surprised him with an unexpected goodbye:
While extending my hand and smiling, I playfully asked “Can I have this job?”
He laughed as his hand met mine. It wasn’t a “you’ve got to be kidding” kind of laugh — it was a good laugh.
“Well, we still have to interview some other candidates,” he said.
“Expect to hear from us either way.”
“Of course,” I said. “I know it’s not a question you’re ready to answer. I just wanted to make sure you know that I’m really interested in this position. Thanks so much for your time.”
I exited the boardroom and made my way back to the receptionist’s desk. As I said goodbye, I casually asked where the nearest post office was. I wrote in the finer details of the Thank You Card I had prepared right there in the parking lot, and dropped it in the mailbox a few minutes later.
It is out of my hands now. I have done all that I can do to help my chances of being offered this position. The only thing left to do is wait. The ball is in their court now.
Unlike the last interview I wrote about, this interview was real. I’ve been invited to interview for a few positions recently — some of which I’m more excited about than others.
The thing that I hate about the application/interview process is the point when you’re left to hear back from someone else. You want to get some kind of status update, whether it’s that they’re interested in what you have to offer, or that they’re not. Unfortunately, sometimes you never hear back from them either way.
I believe that most people, especially job hunters, are familiar with this feeling: You’ve done your part, and now you must wait for something to happen.
If you don’t hear from anyone, you always have the option to follow up — but it’s a delicate process. If you contact them to ask for an update, there are many factors that can cause the inquiry to count against you.
Maybe they planned to finish interviews by a certain date, but scheduling problems caused the interview process to run longer than anticipated. Maybe your inquiry interrupted something important. Maybe they’re aggravated because they have a million other things going on, and they were already planning on contacting you to inform you of their decision.
Ironically, if you choose not to follow up, there’s a chance the position will be lost to someone else because you failed to act. The 2007 edition of “What Color is Your Parachute?” says that Hiring Managers believe the way in which job applicants conduct their job hunt is an accurate representation of their work ethic.
In other words, when a job applicant fails to follow up on a position they interviewed for, the employer takes this as a bad sign. “This applicant is lazy” — “this applicant isn’t seriously interested in this position” — “this applicant doesn’t see tasks through to the end,” and so on.
So anyway, I’m still in Career Limbo. How are you?
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