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11/07/10
Interviewing Follow-up. Your Responsibility
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching
Posted by: site admin @ 1:58 pm

It may not happen frequently.  It is both
the hiring authority and job seeker’s
responsibility to communicate effectively.
If one side does not communicate, it is
in the job seeker’s best interests to
professionally
make the hiring authority
aware of continued
interest and
enthusiasm in the open position.


A request came from a person

“Dear Prof,
I have a quick question for you and your
suggestion
is very important. 
I got a follow up email from an employer
requesting
my availability for a second
interview and I did
email him immediately. 
However, he never
responded afterward. 
Nearly three weeks have passed.
  What do
you advise?  Shall I drop him a reminder email?

Or, do you you think it will be considered as
bothering
him?

D”
RESPONSE:
“Hi D,
Excellent question and appropriate to ask.
Do not ever hesitate from calling on the phone
to ask
.
Emails easily get lost and could easily be sent
to the
wrong address by accident.

Call to confirm second interview is best.

Give you an example.  Today, I called ALA to
make
hotel and plane reservations for a future
meeting.  I
sent them an email in early September
and have not heard
back.  I have come to learn
that the
initial contact is out on family leave.  A
second contact is inundated with much work
and does not even remember what she did.

She thought she had responded to me, but she
had not.


D, it is your personal responsibility.  It goes back
to our
class– first assignment…ask, ask, ask…”

WHAT HAPPENED:
D did make the call.  The company is very
interested
in speaking further about the open
positions.  The
key people have very busy travel
schedules and
have been away.  They plan to
schedule an interview
in Atlanta in the next
few weeks.

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