I had a second interview for a good job two weeks ago. I haven’t heard anything from the company yet. What should I do? I sent a thank-you message to the woman who interviewed me (the Director of the department I’m trying to get into). She hasn’t replied.
I thought about going over to the company’s facility and dropping off a set of my work samples. Is that a good or bad idea? What else should I do to follow up?
Two weeks is a long time to wait after a second interview. I can understand why you’re eager to hear something back from the company that interviewed you.
The only thing left to do is to leave a voicemail message for your hiring manager — the person who will be your boss if you end up accepting the job.
You can leave a voicemail message like this:
Hi Jenny! David Copperfield here. I had a great conversation with Paula the week before last, and I’m curious about the next step in your hiring process for the new Marketing Analyst. Would love to hear your thoughts. My number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. Thanks Jenny and have a great day!
It’s not polite or professional for this company to bring you in for a second interview and then leave you hanging for two weeks. It’s a red flag. See it for what it is! Don’t chase these people.
My advice is to leave one voicemail message and then turn your attention to other things.
The best negotiation tool you’ve got is your ability to walk away.
It’s hard to walk away from opportunities when you need a job. It’s hard to say “I’m not even sure I want this job” because you don’t feel like you have the luxury of turning down any job offer. However, it’s your patience and fortitude that will help your career the most.
The last thing you want to do is to appear desperate. Desperate job-seekers get hired by the worst companies, who then abuse them. Good employers prefer not to hire desperate job-seekers because they want to hire people who are confident and know their own value.
I don’t want you to stop by the company’s facility and drop off a packet of work samples. Dropping off unasked-for work samples from a previous job is likely to be a complete waste of your time. It also makes you look desperate. You had your interview. Either these folks can see your brilliance or they can’t.
Here are ten job search moves that make a job seeker look desperate:
1. Applying for many jobs at the same employer all at once.
2. Using your cover letter and/or your interview time to emphasize how much you want and/or need the job.
3. Bringing a past performance review to a job interview — this is a form of grovelling that won’t help you get the job and will brand you as a desperate job seeker.
4. Using your interview time to talk about how much your previous managers liked and praised you. Don’t do that — instead, ask smart questions about the work that is piling up in the hiring manager’s department.
5. Ending your interview by saying “I’m really, really interested in the job” or “How did I do in the interview?” You are a professional — you don’t need to beg for the job. They can tell you’re interested by your voice and body language. If they want to hire you they will. Don’t ask for a evaluation as you leave the room!
6. Leaving constant email and voicemail messages after an interview. If a company is so rude as to ignore you after your interview, do you really want to work for them?
7. Sending your hiring manager or another interviewer a LinkedIn connection invitation right after the interview. This is intrusive and inappropriate. If you get hired into the company, you can become LinkedIn connections then. Save the social media invitations for much later on — whether you take the job, or not.
8. Sending a post-interview thank you note that apologizes for something you said or did at the interview. Never do this! Interviewers forget interview gaffes and stumbles within seconds, because little gaffes and stumbles are so common. Don’t debase yourself by sending someone a letter to apologize for a bobble anyone could have made (and almost everyone has).
9. Baking cookies or a coffee cake and dropping it off at their office (yes, this happens). The thought is lovely, but people don’t like to eat baked goods prepared by people they don’t know — and a recruiting process is a professional exercise, not a social one.
10. Communicating that you want the job so much, you’ll drop your salary requirement or take the job without benefits — or any other message that says “Please hire me — I beg you!”
We have all been in the situation where we desperately wanted a certain job opportunity to come through, but we don’t always know what’s best for us.
Mother Nature is in charge. She will guide you to the right situations and away from the wrong ones, but only if you trust her and her faithful messenger — your trusty gut!
Leave the voicemail message illustrated above and then, if you haven’t heard anything by the end of the week, drop a quick note to your hiring manager to say “I just wanted to say thanks again for chatting with me about the Marketing Analyst job. I’m assuming you’ve found the right person for your team so I’ll close the file and wish you and your company the best!”
If they want to hire you, your note will prompt them to wake up and smell the talent-market coffee. If they don’t, you haven’t lost anything.
Life is long. The same company (or your hiring manager or Paula, having left that firm and landed somewhere else) could reach out to you a month from now or any time.
Don’t wait by the phone. Put more irons in the fire. Only the people who get you, deserve you!
All the best,
Liz Ryan is CEO/founder of Human Workplace and author of Reinvention Roadmap.