Career Testing
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Career Testing
INTERVIEWS / JAN. 07, 2015
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5 Assumptions to Avoid After a Job Interview

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Looking for a job can be a painstaking process. The interviews can be lengthy, complicated and draining. It is, therefore, every interviewee’s wish that the panel will get back as soon as possible and reduce the anticipation period. It is wise not to make assumptions, and it is advisable to inquire should any unclear situations arise in the process. Remember an interview process is not complete until a company fills up a position.

A Good Feedback Translates to an Offer

It is every job seeker’s hope that they will sit in a friendly panel. Interview misunderstandings are bound to happen, especially for someone who is new to the labor market. Most companies today encourage friendly and interactive interview process, which can mislead a candidate. Just because the panel liked you and were full of praise for how you handle the process doesn’t mean they will give the position to you. Until a company gives you an official offer, do not assume the position is yours or relent on your job search. Your job search only ends when you have a written offer with a title, salary and starting date in your hand.

Time Frames will Be Kept

Most interviewers will give you a deadline by which a decision will be made. If you haven’t heard from them yet, don’t assume the worst. Assuming deadline accuracy can create unnecessary anxiety. In many cases, a missed deadline means something caused a delay, or they did not thoroughly think the date over before stating it. Depending on the size of the organization and the number of interviewees, there are many variables that could influence the process timelines. Be patient and know when to call and inquire.

Silence Means Bad News

A positive attitude plays a significant role in your job search. Until a company sends you a regret letter, do not assume that all is lost. Some companies store candidate’s data in their files for a long time and can consider you for a future position. Stay in touch with your potential employer and practice a proper attitude. The most courteous expectation is that the company will inform you of their decision, but that is not always the case. Remember an interview owes you nothing and the best thing to do is to manage your expectations by being open-minded.

A Happy Interview Means a Good Job

A considerate and happy interview panel does not mean you will like your job. If your interview ends well and you are the chosen candidate, analyze the position before signing a contract. Ask as many questions as you can about the position and allow yourself time to think it over should you have any doubts. Some companies outsource hiring and the impression the recruitment agency creates can be different from that on the ground.

A No Means You Are Unqualified

Rejection is part and parcel of the job-searching process. While it is not always the case, a negative feedback from a potential employer does not mean you are unqualified. A company can turn you down due to economic situations, your skill and cultural fit for the position, your permit status or giving unavailable referees. Sometimes a less-qualified person will get a position due to varying expectations and demands. However, you should do your best to learn from every negative feedback and try to do better in the future.

Job seeking is an art that one perfects with time. Just like hunting or fishing, everybody wants to make a catch at the first throw, which is not always the case. To avoid unnecessary heartaches, it is important to remember and master skills like patience, staying positive and being practical. Until a company has communicated a message, do not take for granted that you got hired.

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