Job hunting is a constant exercise, even if you had what you thought was a great interview and you’re sure you’re about to get a job offer. I’ve written about how I was sure I was getting an offer last spring only to be disappointed, and thrown off my job hunting game because of that expectation.
So I heartily agree with a recent posting I saw on the ivyexec blog telling job hunters never to rest if they think they soon may get an offer.
“No one wants to hear it, but when people ask me when a company will follow-up after an interview, I have to be blunt. Don’t hold your breath,” writes career coach Chrissy Scivicque. “You may think the interview went well. You may think they were blown away by you. You may think you are perfect for the position. But even if everything seems to be ideal on your end, you must assume you didn’t get the job.”
My thoughts exactly; always be job hunting. Get an offer before relaxing. And if you’re waiting for what you think is your preferred job to call and you get another offer in the meantime, I think it’s ok to call the place you want to work at and tell them you have an offer and need to know where you stand.
If they don’t want you, you can take the offer you have. If they do want you, your call may get them to make a decision.
John N. Frank