No response yet interview felt good
Hi Ronnie Ann. Absolutely love your blog! You have a lot of great information and advice on your site. If I may, I have a question for you that I am sure you get all of the time. After a good interview, I still get no response from the company. And I’m at a total loss as to what else I should do at this point.
Last Tuesday I had an interview that I thought went really well. After about an hour and a half someone had to knock on the hiring manager’s door to stop the interview for her next appointment. I really like the hiring manager. And she seemed to like me.
Toward the end, she said she was down to 5 candidates that she wanted to have interviewed by the end of last week. Then she said she has been doing this a long time. And I am definitely on top of her list.
Mixed signals, but lots of good ones
The only concern she had was that I might be overqualified for the position. But she wasn’t sure. Maybe that could be to her advantage since I would be able to help her execute some strategic programs she wants to implement.
She said she wanted to have me come back this week for 30 – 45 minutes to get a feel for the position. Kind of a “day in the life of” this management position. Also, she said that the next step after that would to bring the top 2 candidates back for an interview with her team.
So I followed up with an email thank you letter the next day, reiterating my enthusiasm for the position. And why I think it would be challenging given the region and the change in industry.
But I never heard back from her. Still no response at all to my emails. Late Monday afternoon I left her a message on her voice mail. I wasn’t pushy. Just said that I wanted to follow-up with her to discuss setting up a time to come back (like we discussed).
That was 2 days ago. And I still haven’t heard anything. It seems really odd to me. Do you have any thoughts or advice?
What lack of response means
Thanks for the kind words. And even though I get lots of question about interviews, each one has its own interesting twist. Like yours.
It really does sound like you’ve done everything well. Great interview. Plus good follow up. And you were able to field the “too qualified” comment with a good comeback.
Although I wish I had a way of figuring out exactly what they’re thinking, truth is … it could be lots of things. Maybe she or someone else critical to the process is sick. Maybe an emergency came up. Or maybe they haven’t been able to finish the five interviews yet.
Then again, maybe they found someone they made an offer to despite what was said. If a perfect fit walked in the door after she met with you, it just could have changed their plans.
Or maybe they just can’t get past all your experience despite how well you handled your answer. Lingering doubts sometimes grow when fed by the input of others. But maybe it is as simple as they just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Hiring decisions can take a lot of time
It’s only been a week. And so much goes on behind the scenes. Plus time feels very different on the employer end. It’s kind of like dog years!
I like that you’re an action person looking to help yourself. But at this point, you really have done all you can. And so now it’s time to just wait. I know that”s hard — and I’m sorry about that, Anne. But I once waited months for a job I got offered. So patience can be your ally.
For now, do what you can to keep busy with other things. And keep looking. You never know what else might come up in the meantime. If it’s the right job, you will get it. If not, then you might very well have lucked out for reasons you will never know!
I wish you much luck, Anne. Please let us know what happens.
~ Ronnie Ann
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Ronnie Ann, founder of Work To the Wise and Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development, as well as her many adventures as a serial job seeker.
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