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Interviewing. Do I ask–do I have the job and how much do I make?
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations)
Posted by: site admin @ 11:53 am

It helps sometimes to put yourself in someone else’s
shoes.  That happened when I was IM’ing with Nick
the other day. 

“Do you have a moment for a question?” he asked.
‘Sure.’  Even though the dinner call was coming…

He asked in another IM.  “I feel so fortunate, I will
be speaking with MOS [not the real name] representatives
this Friday in a panel telecon interview.  This as you
know is the second interview with them after my site
visit there.  How do I ask if I have the job?”

Hmm.  Usually telephone interviews are not ones
that lead to job offers.  Especially if they are with
larger companies and involving different interviewers.
Although that is the “$5″ question, ‘two things–
it doesn’t sound like the right timing and don’t
ask it that way.’  I typed in the following IM.
I suggested that near the end of the interview, consider
asking “what is the time line for your hiring decision?”
and is there anything further you need from me
that will help your decision?”  Don’t shy away
from indicating that you are “very interested in the
position and helping the company satisfy customers
and be profitable.”

Then he asked in a following IM:  “I am interviewing
for other companies.  Should I tell them?”  The
response in a following IM was:  “It is not critical
to share this information.  It is honestly up to you
to tell them, if they ask you.  It is quite possible
that they are looking at other candidates to fill the

“Do I ask:  How much do I make?”

No, no, no.  But, be prepared to know the range of
salary you would expect to make from surveys,
recognizing the differences in industries, positions,
and locations in different regions of the country.
[or internationally]”
Understand that salary is only one component of an
overall compensation package.  Several things are
more important to some people based on their
personal and family situations.  So, negotiations
will likely occur.  In most cases benefits packages
are listed on companies web-sites.  But know what
you and your family require.”

He was grateful for the conversation and better prepared
he said. 

Then I offered, you ‘may be asked to come again
for an onsite interview.’  “A third interview,” he remarked.
‘Yes.  In fact in one interviewing interaction I had 4
different occasions to interview people– screening,
two days for onsite interviews [some people were
not available on the first day] and, when my wife and
I returned for a house hunting visit, I met for dinner
with my new manager.’

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