You just gave a fantastic interview. You’re so excited about this position. It seems like it’s everything you want. It pays well, it’s fulfilling work, and the hours are good, too. In short, you want this to go perfectly.
At the end of the interview, you shake hands with the hiring manager and they tell you they’ll get back to you soon. But what does soon mean exactly? Is it a week? Two weeks? A month? You could ask for some clarification, but do be aware that hiring managers’ duties change, and the timeline they give you isn’t always the timeline that actually happens.
So what can you do in the meantime? Plenty!
First, you need to keep busy. You can’t let that anxious, excited energy consume you day-to-day. Do something with your time, whether that’s search for and apply to new jobs or volunteer. You’re even allowed to take some personal time and indulge in hobbies. Just don’t obsess over the job.
And yes, apply’to other jobs, too. We know you’re waiting to hear about your dream job, but what if you don’t get it? You have to prepare yourself for that possibility. Keep sending out applications and keep interviewing. If you hear back from your dream job and they want to hire you, great! If not, you have several backup options in which to choose from.
Be patient. Do not email the hiring manager again. Don’t call him or her. You may think that your eagerness for the job will pay off, but it will actually have the opposite effect. Overly clingy job candidates often annoy hiring managers, not endear them. You could cost yourself the job just by checking in and checking in.
That said, it’s appropriate to check in once, but only after the allotted time has passed. If, for example, the hiring manager said they’d be in touch in two weeks, and two weeks have gone by with no word, feel free to send an email. Reiterate your interest and ask about the status of the job. Hopefully, you’ll hear some very good news.