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11/04/12
Finding jobs. Importance of networking and referrals
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking
Posted by: site admin @ 1:33 pm

So, I noticed that a fellow I worked with in a mock
interview had landed a nice position in a linkedin.com
weekly update.

As a result, I sent him a nice congratulations note and
asked what worked for him…

BOTTOM LINE
-  Networking with consequential strangers
-  interview preparation and practice
-  mock interviewing
-  persistence and patience

DETAILS
“Thanks!  It was tough out there.  6 months and 100+
applications … with zero on-site interviews. and I was
… frustrated.  that’s when I got an email from a friend in the
physics department asking if I would be interested in
applying for a job at [Fortune 100].  He had received an
email from a friend asking if he knew any organic chemists
that might be interested in a business role…

They received over 2000 applications, and had a traditional
selection process– telephone screen, on site interview.

That is when the real preparation work started.  I worked on
things we talked about in the mock interview we had at the
ACS(Thanks!)  I spent roughly a week ‘googling’ and thinking of
answers to every situational interview question that I could find.
When I received my interview schedule I researched and read
all that was published by my hiring committee.  I learned as much
as I could about the company [from all sources]…

I nailed the day-long interview….I left there knowing I was going to
get hired.

Sadly, a few weeks later, however, they called to say they hired a
candidate internally.  I was crushed.  The hiring manager did say
to keep in touch and that they really thought I was a strong candidate…
…I thought this was just fluff but I sent an email to the hiring manager
with updated contact info and asked for some feedback on my performance
but never really heard back.

A couple of months later, I got a call from the [company] hiring manager
asking me how my progress in grad school was coming/  I felt he
was just really nice and felt for me.

About a week later I got a call from the hiring manager’s boss (Global
manager) saying he just wanted to talk me a bit and let me know this
is ‘[the] real [deal].’ 
He said I really impressed a lot of people out there and he was going to
open up a new position for me that I’d be receiving an offer if I wanted
it!!

So many ups and downs throughout the job search, but the preparation
and hard work finally paid off.  I can’t thank you enough for helping me
get through those first interview jitters.  I most likely would not
have been as confident …. without your help.  This wound up being the
perfect job opportunity for me!

Thank you again…”
-J

One Response to “Finding jobs. Importance of networking and referrals”

  1. site admin Says:


    Louise Garver commented on feedback from recruiters and
    what they might mean but don’t say

    – –”in the process of interviewing other candidates”
    ..bottom line– keep looking hard, they are not sold on you

    –”will be hearing back from us”
    ..ask specifically about the process and how they will inform
    candidates
    ..bottom line– it is a stretch, they will not invest a lot of effort
    in you

    –”keep you in our database”
    ..bottom line– thanks but no thanks.
    Maintain a professional relationship. They have a job to do.
    Be respectful and courteous at all times.

    http://www.careerhubblog.com/main/2012/11/what-do-recruiters-and-employers-really-mean-when-they-say.html

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