Sunday, May 29, 2005
Closing The Interview.
Far better to respond along the lines of "I'm very actively searching for work and seldom home. May I call you in two weeks to touch base?" This allows you to put your energy into looking for work elsewhere (absolutely mandatory, no matter how hopeful this interview looked), knowing that in two weeks you can follow up and see what is happening. It creates the feeling of a semblance of control in a usually out-of-control situation.
If they call you earlier with an offer (they were afraid that you might get something elsewhere while they were dallying over their decision), so much the better. If they don't call, you can call in two weeks and tell the receptionist, in all honesty, that you were asked to call "Mr. Smith" on this date regarding the status of the position.
When "Mr. Smith" is notified, he will remember your words and will usually either get on the telephone (most interviewers really aren't ogres and feel a degree of responsibility to their applicants) or tell his assistant that no decision has yet been made and you should call back in 3 days.
Again, you have some measure of control over the situation.