Kris Gibson
Kris Gibson

True or False: Time Is An Interview’s Worst Enemy

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Time is the biggest factor that will determine if you successfully obtain a new job or just go through the interview motions.  Each phase of the process- Interview, Offer and Start Date- have special ways of controlling timing.  For this and more on timing check out The Insurance Journal article 'Ask the Recruiter'.

  • I interviewed three days ago. No feedback yet. It must mean bad news.

False. Just like quick feedback doesn’t always signal good news, so too does slower feedback not automatically mean the feedback be poor. Timing is always hard to predict and numerous factors can be at play so do not read into timing of feedback.  

What do to while you wait?  Write a positive thank you email. Research the company. Contact references preparing to receive inquiries.

  • Twenty-four hours is the max amount of time I have to review an offer.

True. Companies are understanding to a point but ultimately an offer represents a long-term commitment. They are eager, anxious and ready to move forward.  Putting them off several days or weeks never bodes well.  When you receive an offer communicate firm feedback within 24 hours, even if the company doesn’t specific a deadline.

How to handle a very unusual circumstance?  If you need more time make sure an “if/then statement” follows.  Examples like ‘IF you give me the weekend to look it over with my spouse’ or ‘WHEN I receive clarification on the benefits costs’ THEN I will (accept).

  • Waiting more than a month to start jeopardizes my new job.

False….ish. Thirty days or less is a good rule of thumb especially if you don’t have to relocate, have any upcoming time off/vacations and don’t want to work out a two-week resignation. There are exceptions to the ’30 day or less’ rule.   Those include a long-distance move, a set-in stone commitment (wedding, vacation, etc.) or money is on the line (commissions and bonuses coming due shortly).    

Ways to protect the new position before you start? Weekly communication with your new boss, set up your desk, attend a company meeting/team outing and change your contact info/phone/social media.

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