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Acing Your Interview

Responding to the decision


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Acing Your Interview

with Valerie Sutton

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You should expect to hear a response approximately two weeks after the interview process. There are several potential outcomes from your interview. In the best case, the hiring manager will call you to extend an offer. In this case you want to let them know you're excited to get the offer and ask for details. Then ask them for time to think about the offer. This allows you to collect your thoughts prior to going into negotiations. If the hiring manager has not gotten back to you and it has been more than two weeks, there can be many reasons for this, but it is reasonable to follow-up with a short email, checking in and expressing your interest.

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Acing Your Interview
38m 51s Appropriate for all Sep 20, 2012 Updated Jun 05, 2013

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Ace your interview and land the job you want. Join author Valerie Sutton as she explores the different types of interview questions and styles you might expect, and how to prepare for them by researching the company and practicing your answers. Uncover the best ways to create a good first impression and navigate the interview, as well as handle the tricky questions and identify the unlawful ones. Plus, learn how to assess your own performance, thank the company for their time, and follow up on a decision.

Topics include:
  • Understanding interview formats
  • Anticipating questions and preparing answers
  • Researching potential employers
  • Establishing good body language in the interview
  • Reviewing your performance
  • Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
Subjects:
Business Business Skills Career Development
Author:
Valerie Sutton

Responding to the decision

You should expect to hear a response approximately two weeks after the interview process. There are several potential outcomes from your interview. In the best case, the hiring manager will call you to extend an offer. In this case you want to let them know you're excited to get the offer and ask for details. Then ask them for time to think about the offer. This allows you to collect your thoughts prior to going into negotiations. If the hiring manager has not gotten back to you and it has been more than two weeks, there can be many reasons for this, but it is reasonable to follow-up with a short email, checking in and expressing your interest.

You may still be in the running. The third scenario would be that you don't get the position. At this point you don't know how close you came, so you want to keep the door open. You should send a thank you note to the hiring manager. Try to connect at future conferences or events to stay in touch. You need to continue to network. Remember, just because you didn't get this job, doesn't mean you won't get the next one. Finally, no response. Unfortunately, employers don't always deliver the bad news.

Many people who are hiring somebody don't get back to the candidates who didn't get the job. Although not a professional practice, it does happen. If it has been more than a month, send a second note reiterating your interest in the position and your hope to hear from them about future positions. No matter the response you got from the interview, congratulations on making it to the candidate pool! If you got the offer, fantastic! If you didn't, take some time to reflect and improve for the next time.

Just because you don't get the first job you interview for, don't give up, landing a job isn't easy. My hope is that you learned some valuable tools that you can use in your interviews and that you find the job that is right for you.

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Q: This course was updated on 6/05/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos on handling tricky and possibly illegal interview questions, what your body language says about you, and how to answer questions with the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) method.
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