One of the hardest times for job seekers is the period of time following an interview. A job seeker is left wondering what to do next and what to expect. There are things you can do that will help keep you uppermost in the mind of the hiring manager and to continue to influence even after you have left.
Interview Finish & Wrap Up
All interviews have an “arc” to them, meaning that there is a buildup of questions and information exchange and once the bulk of information exchange is completed, the interviewer moves into a closure or wrap up. Sometimes, depending on the interviewer, this can be awkward or abrupt but the job seeker needs to ensure certain information is covered prior to departing to ensure they understand what to expect next.
If the interviewer doesn’t voluntarily offer this information, the job seeker needs to ask questions to obtain it:
Ask About Next Steps and Timing
Some people feel like this type of question is pushy or inappropriate to ask of the hiring manager. The hiring manager is in the position of assessing employees and certainly you. As long as you frame the question about your fit rather than a more personal question, it sets them up to give you feedback that will help you gauge the direction of their decision. Also by asking this type of question, if you discover that there may be some missing information in their understanding about you, it will give you one last chance to fill in the blanks.
By a couple of well placed questions you can sleep better after an interview knowing what to expect and when to expect it.
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