A question posted on a career focused website recently prompted both an immediate debate over the correct answer and a perfect example of one of the major problems faced by many job seekers. The problem many job seekers face is which “expert” to believe. Let’s examine the question posed first. Related: Why Your Past Experience Isn’t Going To Get You A Job The job seeker stated that he had heard different opinions on whether or not, at the end of an interview, he should “ask for the job.” Immediately, the debate erupted. The first answer was “Absolutely – always ask for the job if you want it.” The second answer was equally decisive, “Asking for the job can come across as pushy.” The next few answers, each claiming experience as a hiring manager, a job seeker, or both, fell about two to one in favor of the “don’t ask” viewpoint. Those who stated opinions against “asking for the job” were clearly in support of the job seeker stating that they were very “interested in the job” at the end of an interview. This is a very important distinction. There’s also a need for clarity on the timeline and specificity of what “asking for the job” means.
May 13, 2015