. . . and they never called back!

Today’s article written by Bob Steinman, Job Search Terminator

Had a great interview with a company you like? Did they say “We enjoyed our meeting and we’ll call you early next week.” Or, maybe they said, “We’ll make our decision and call you by Wednesday.” You can already guess the rest of the story.

You never hear back from them!

Try this next time. Say “Thank you, but it may be difficult reaching me. Instead, may I have permission to call you? Would next Wednesday at 9 A.M. be okay – or is 5:30 P.M. better?” Provide a choice of dates or times.

If they agree, ask “I know you’re busy. What is the best way for me to get through to you when I call?” Then, when you call, tell the “protective” operator or secretary that “Mr. Jones specifically asked me to call today at 9 A.M.” If asked, say that the matter is a “personal” one.

If they won’t agree that you should call them, and you do not hear when promised, try calling them the next day. Do the best you can to get through the protective people – NEVER leave a message. Instead, try saying, “I am not always able to take calls, can you suggest a time when I might call back to reach Mr. Jones?”

For a local company, if all of the above fail, put on your interview clothes and personally visit the company. Ask the receptionist to tell Mr. Jones that you need just a minute of their time. The very beginning or ending of the day, and lunchtime and are the best times to reach people. Avoid Mondays and Fridays. Sometimes your polite persistence will win the job. If they are unavailable, leave a note with a resume attached.

If all of the above fail, it is a pretty safe bet that you are out of the running. It is time to chalk it up to experience. As a postscript, never stop campaigning until you have the offer you want, in writing.

About Bob Steinman – For ten years, Steinman and his wife operated their own successful, one-on-one career development and outplacement business. He created custom campaigns for people who were unemployed, reentering job markets, re-careering, or looking to advance from stagnant jobs. Steinman has a degree in electrical engineering, and completed post graduate studies toward an MBA in Marketing.

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