How to Win the Post-Interview Waiting Game
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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It’s been weeks since you aced that job interview, but no one from the company has called … emailed … even hinted at you still being in the running. But, don’t give up. You may not have been totally rejected. A recent survey shows it takes employers several weeks, on average, to follow up with a candidate after an interview.

Writer Amy Noble reports, “According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey, employers hiring new college graduates take an average of 24 business days after an interview to extend an offer. This, says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, is ‘a relatively narrow time frame.’ ”

So what do you do in the meanwhile? It’s certainly not a good idea to spam their inbox with requests for a follow up or stalk their Twitter page. Noble offers suggestions including:

  • Take some time to think back to your experience of the interview (and the application process as a whole)
  • Decide whether this one really has your name on it.

It’s also a good idea to think of the post-interview negotiations that should happen, ie. your salary or other benefit offerings and how you can get the best from the onset.

Read more at Brazen Careerist …

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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