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Should I Wait Around or Get More Job Interviews?

Should I Wait Around or Get More Job Interviews?

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Wait or Get More Job InterviewsDear J.T. & Dale: I interviewed for a job late last year and made the final cut, and was told that a trip to HQ would happen in January. In February, I followed up and was told that everything had been pushed back and I would hear something soon. Same story last month. Should I call again, or just let it slide? Are they testing me? – Richie

DALE: You are being tested, but not by the company. Here’s the test: Are you going to be the sort of person to sit around and wait for this company to get its act together and eventually call you in and maybe end up picking you, or are you the sort of person who’s going to press ahead and keep getting interviews and newer options?

J.T.: Perhaps they are busy and distracted, or maybe they aren’t sure they are still going to fill that slot. Still, I definitely would call them. You may find out that the position was put on hold, or that they’ve hired someone else, but better to call them and know for sure as opposed to sitting and wondering.

DALE: Don’t wait. Don’t wait to call, and don’t wait for them to make up their mind. In fact, that should be the guiding principle of job searchers: Don’t wait. Even if a company tells you they love you and will be offering you the job, keep searching and interviewing. No job offer is certain, and meanwhile you might find something better. Do not wait.

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