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EP 1489 A reasonable question from someone who is trying to read the tea leaves about what is going on after a second interview.

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The question I received is, "Is it a good sign that I got a call for interview within 24 hours of my sending application?"

To me, what it is a good sign of is that the firm has a degree of efficiency and how it deals with applications. It doesn't mean anything else. Superficially, all that they have determined is that your background MIGHT fit the job.Period. You have no idea how many other people may have applied and who you are competing with. You may have no idea whether it was a stroke of luck that they have to be online at that particular moment to respond to your resume. It doesn't mean anything.

Yes, you could have been rejected. That could also happen within 24 hours. That they responded within 24 hours doesn't mean a thing. Not a single thing.

Focus on the fact that you now have to deliver your knowledge to them in a way that they are going to be impressed. Focused on practicing for the interview, because that is really the important thing. That they responded within 24 hours… Forget about it. You are overthinking this.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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