From the Northeastern Section of the ACS, focusing on career management and development

October 2012
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Interview contunuum. Follow up after on site interview
Filed under: Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 10:25 am

What do you do after an onsite interview?
We recommend thoughtful thank you notes that mean
something to the recipient who you interacted with.

What else?  There is a lot of things we can do and
also we should be alert to missteps we can make. 
Showing interest in the company and position is valuable,
but seeming desperate can detract from your

Two recent communications from professionals seem
to present similar cases.

Dear Dan,
…[small talk introduction]

‘I wish to ask for your advice, if possible.  This is related to
a position at {leading firm} where I recently interviewed…It
is about three weeks after my interview and about two weeks
after the last candidate’s interview (based on what they told
Nearly two weeks ago I was in contact with the group
leader about an idea that I had about the project.  He thanked
me and asked if I am going to start working there.  It is very
strange that he asked me this, since I did not hear anything
from him or HR…  In my response to his email, I mentioned
that I would really like start.  Though, I still have not heard.
 I don’t know what I should think or do
Additionally, I have another opportunity at another place,
which I do not want to lose…  

Sincerely, [name withheld]’

‘Dear EK,

Thank you for your note.  Very interesting … [reconnection

The situation always seems complicated when we are faced
with it ourselves.  What really counts is if you have a formal
offer letter stating
your position, salary, location, starting
date and things of this sort.  If you do not have a specific
offer letter, consider pursuing all other promising directions.

When you do have an offer, from say, a second employer, you may
call the first hiring manager or contact and ask “is there any more
information they need from you to help them make a hiring decision
for you?”  Ask to speak personally to them, rather than an email and
sincerely indicate enthusiasm and that you were favorably
impressed with the staff and project work you were being considered

Realize, first, that the hiring process is often political and budgetary.
So there can be delays.
Second, … , is is not uncommon that a firm has found a couple of
exceptional candidates that they would like to hire.  They keep the
2nd and 3rd choices waiting while they negotiate with their first choice.
The negotiation process may involve a relocation visit, formal
acceptance and security clearance.  In some cases the firm will
get back to the 2nd and 3rd choice to tell them they were not the
final selection after the 1st choice has been formally accepted
and signed up.  This may be what is happening.

Pursue hard the second company.  Get the offer.   If you have
not hear from the first company, then you might approach
them about your status

Another professional interviewed for a product development
and new product line position.  He was very excited but had
not heard back from the company for two weeks.

He had done good business communication follow-up and
still was uncertain about their decision after a month.

I encouraged him to continue pursuing other positions.

He met with his PI and shared where he was in his
search.  The  PI had recently heard from one of his
former co-workers about an opening for which the
professional would be well qualified.
Phone interview and on-site interview followed within
two weeks.  He received an offer from this second

In the same time frame he learned that despite all the
positive responses while waiting from the first firm,
he was not chosen.  They were keeping him waiting
while their first choice was deliberating.

Pursue all leads until a positive conclusion.  Keep your
network informed and don’t get discouraged.

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