You walk out of the interview room feeling ten feet tall and
bullet proof. The interviewer clicked with you and you had an
extended conversation that went on to your families, education,
dogs, and so forth. And then its the last time you hear from
them again. Was it you? Was the job eliminated? How could
something that you were so sure you were a lock for disappear?
Smoke'n fox, former pro volleyball player, and
career advisor Penelope Trunk gives you a few reasons here.
There are a few other reasons I'd like to outline as well and
they come from a mental checklist that I always went through
upon exiting a job interview that are sure to not get a return
1. Did we hit any of the "forbidden topics" of religion, sex or
2. Did I botch any of the softball questions like, "Tell me
3. Was I actually able to show where I could create value or
4. How much of the interview actually centered on the job as
opposed to just idle chit chat around other things that didn't
involve the job?
5. Did I actually fit into the job or was I just filler for the
interviewer to fill all the slots? (This actually happened to
me several times. I don't think I could be a 24 hour on call
oil drill sales representative)
There are dozens of other reasons why you could not get a call
back from the interviewer but don't feel discouraged if you
don't hear back from them. Keep lining up the interviews and
make sure you know what color your parachute is.
Amy November 05 2007 12:44PM
You made some good points.
One big thing that I think gets overlooked is the follow up.
I always try to make sure I have an email address or phone number for the person that interviewed me. I wait about three days and then send an email thanking them for their time and offering any refferences, transcripts or any additional information they may need. If I don't have an email address, I'll call them if I haven't heard from them in a week. It lets them know you are serious and still interested in the position. It's a long and painful process for most companies to hire someone, so persistence is important.
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