Two Final Interview Mistakes That Will Blow the Offer | JobSearchTV.com

Two Final Interview Mistakes That Will Blow the Offer | JobSearchTV.com

In this video, I discuss 2 final interview mistakes that will blow the offer for you.

 

When people complete a final interview, there are a couple of more things that you need to do so that you don’t blow the offer.

As a former recruiter, I listened to so many companies lament their position, when it came time to the final interview. Now, here are two things that you may be doing that blow the offer.

Number one, and these things that happen after the interview, not during. I’ve done a bunch of videos related to during the interview. But following the interview, the first thing you need to do and don’t click away. This makes sense, is you don’t send a thank you note that confirms some of the talking points that you made during the interview.

What do I mean, they covered some territory with you. And they’re going to talk to more than one person. And sending a thank you letter confirms your interest. That’s one thing you want to get across. Number two is it reiterates some of the points that you made during the conversation about why you were qualified. And regarding some of your questions about you and your candidacy affirms some of the things you told them in response.

So for example, if they seemed concerned about some aspect of your experience, you affirm that by saying, “and I just want to reiterate that if you’re concerned about my willingness to stay because I’ve moved around a bunch of times, I was a consultant. And that was the nature of consulting. But I’m looking for a job in industry and I understand that I’m going to stay put for a while.” You get the idea.

Final Interview Mistakes That Will Send Your Candidacy Down The Drain” 

Here’s the second thing that they do that blow the offer. And that is they don’t get back with references quickly when asked. So, a firm says “We’d like to check your references and do a background check.”

“Great.”

So with the background check, you sign off on a doc that gives them permission to do this. With the references, they asked for however many references they want. And if they don’t, say “we’d like to check references.”

“How many would you like?” Three. They say five. “Oooh! I don’t know that I can get to five,” I can get you three without any problem.

“Great, we’ll take the three.”

“And then you don’t follow up within 24 hours, you can say to them, “I’ll get in touch with them to alert them to your call. “Who will be contacting them from your organization,” or “how will they be approached because, as you know, folks don’t often take phone calls. But if there’s a phone number, or an organization name that’s going to display in their caller ID, they’re more likely to pick up the call.”

Final Interview Questions to Ask/Confirm With Your Future Boss

This has evolved over the course of time. And the idea that phone doesn’t always work, you have to remind employers of this. So with regard to getting back to them, you want to get back within 24 hours with the three references, names, email addresses, phone numbers.

And with the with the people who are going to be contacted, you want to alert them to the call and what’s going to be covered. “You know, you’ll probably be getting a phone call from someone representing such and such firm. On my interviews, they seem to be interested in this. So I just want to give you a heads up about that. I told them I worked for the organization from approximately from this date to that date.” And that my role that what I did was such and such, and that’s . . . what you’re doing is making you fresh in their mind. so they’re not thinking about it.

So most hiring managers will say positive things, and you can just simply . . . well in your message to them or in your conversations. “I hope you can stay positive things about me and my work. I’d really appreciate it.””

 I don’t know if I can do that. You know we have a policy against it.”

“I’d really appreciate it.”

“I don’t know.”

Get someone else. They’re signaling to you that they’re not going to be a cooperative reference. Get another reference, but do it everything within 24 hours, because the longer you delay, the more that makes them think, another candidate gets into the picture and you lose out.

 

 

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When people complete a final interview, there are a couple of more things that you need to do so that you don't blow the offer. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, a career and leadership coach, the head coach for so many people. I've helped folks find work, hire more effectively, manage, lead, deal with workplace issues.

But as a former recruiter, I listened to so many companies lament their their position, when it came time to the final interview. Now, here's two things that you may be doing that blow the offer.

Number one, and this is things that happen after the interview, not during. I've done a bunch of videos related to during the interview. But following the interview, the first thing you need to do and don't click away. This makes sense, is you don't send a thank you note that confirms some of the talking points that you made during the interview.

What do I mean, they covered some territory with you. And they're going to talk to more than one person. And sending a thank you letter confirms your interest. That's one thing you want to get across. Number two is it reiterates some of the points that you made during the conversation about why you were qualified. And regarding some of your questions about you and your candidacy affirms some of the things you told them in response.

So for example, if they seemed concerned about some aspect of your experience, you affirm that by saying, "and I just want to reiterate that if you're concerned about my willingness to stay because I've moved around a bunch of times, I was a consultant. And that was the nature of consulting. But I'm looking for a job in industry and I understand that I'm going to stay put for a while." You get the idea.

Here's the second thing that they do that folks do that blow the offer. And that is they don't get back with references quickly when asked. So a firm says "We'd like to check your references and do a background check."

"Great."

So with the background check, you sign off on a doc that gives them permission to do this. With the references, they asked for however many references they want. And if they don't, say "we'd like to check references." to

"How many would you like?" Three. They say five. "Oooh I don't know that I can get to five," I can get you three without any problem.

"Great, we'll take the three."

"And then you don't follow up within 24 hours, you can say to them, "I'll get in touch with them to alert them to your call. "Who will be contacting them from your organization," or "how will they be approached because, as you know, folks don't often take phone calls. But if there's a phone number, or an organization name that's going to display in their caller ID, they're more likely to pick up the call."

This has evolved over the course of time. And the idea that phone doesn't always work, you have to remind employers of this. So with regard to getting back to them, you want to get back within 24 hours with the three references, names, email addresses, phone numbers.

And with the with the people who are going to be contacted, you want to alert them to the call and what's going to be covered. "You know, you'll probably be getting a phone call from someone representing such and such firm. On my interviews, they seem to be interested in this. So I just want to give you a heads up about that. I told them I worked for the organization from approximately from this date to that date." And that my role that what I did was such and such, and that's . . . what you're doing is making you fresh in their mind. so they're not thinking about it.

So most hiring managers will say positive things, and you can just simply . . . well in your message to them or in your conversations. "I hope you can stay positive things about me and my work. I'd really appreciate it.""

I don't know if I can do that. You know we have a policy against it."

"I'd really appreciate it."

"I don't know."

Get someone else. They're signaling to you that they're not going to be a cooperative reference. Get another reference, but do it everything within 24 hours, because the longer you delay, the more that makes them think, another candidate gets into the picture and you lose out.

I'm Jeff Altman. Aain, visit my website, theBigGameHunter,us. While you're there, you can find that about my courses in a drop down. it'll take you there. You can schedule time for a free discovery call or schedule time for coaching. You can search the blog for information that will help you. I've got 1000s of posts there that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you.

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Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great

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