Interview: The Morning After


no cell phone calls

Still no call… A week and no call…

After the interview is over, it is history.

There is nothing more to do but to accept that it happened and to move on. It will either lead to the next interview (the hiring process is often a multistage deal) or provide another opportunity to try again. Elementary school classrooms do not prepare people for the realities of competition for jobs. In that world, such subjects are left to be sorted out at recess on the playground. The playground is closer to the real. Life has many contests and competitions.

As in contests of any kind, interviews produce  winners and losers. In elementary school  games are “fixed”–designed so that nobody loses. Losing does not make any kid feel good about herself or her abilities and so the “being the loser” experience is to be avoided in elementary school.

Back in grown-up land, the last words in an interview should produce a clue as to the direction of the next step. This must be the reason so many recruiters giving advice on the subject of closing interviewers  tell people, “ask for the job”. Ask for the business just as a good sales rep would. Ask if your ticket won. Act like you are properly invested in winning the contest. After all, you do want to win, don’t you? No? Then why be in the competition at all? It frustrates companies no end to pick a winner only to find out that the winner was “only practicing’. Plus, it is neither ethical or fair to take victory away from someone who really does want the job. To the person being shaken out of the competition in this cowardly manner it feels like being rejected as a date for the prom or being  the last picked for a position on the team. In elementary school, being the last one picked for a team means hearing the captain say, “well, I guess I’m stuck with taking …”.

Waking up the day after a date with full knowledge that a call for a second date will never come does not make a safe place in the stomach for ice-cream.

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One thought on “Interview: The Morning After

  1. The dreaded day after an interview is such a challenge. The fact is, we generally known right after the interview how it went. Sometimes we choose a state of denial but deep down we know.

    All that said, asking a closing question after the close of an interview is important. It gives us a period at the end of the sentence. The answer tells us what we should do next, whether we are still in the game or not. It tells us whether it is time to move on or follow up appropriately.

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