It's no secret that employers sometimes move too slowly when they're trying to hire and fill open positions within their organization.
On the one hand, you can't blame them. They want to fill their positions with the best job candidates possible. However, on the other hand, you have a life to lead. You want to know what's going to happen. Putting your life "on hold" doesn’t work for you. (And really, does that work for anybody?)
But what can you do?
Well, what you can do is the topic of this blog post. Although you are certainly not in control of the hiring process, you can influence it to a certain degree. And while you ultimately might not be able to speed up the process for the organization and the other job candidates involved, you can certainly speed it up for yourself. That way, you can make more informed and better decisions regarding your future.
Below are four ways that job candidates can accelerate the hiring process:
#1 - Accumulate as much information as you can.
Sometimes a lack of communication - or a miscommunication - slows down the process. You can eliminate the possibility of this by making sure to ask as many questions as you can about the position, the organization, and everything else associated with the job. The saying "Information is power" is a true statement.
#2 - Communicate as much information as you can.
In addition to accumulating as much information as possible, you should also communicate as much of it as you can, as well. This is the flip side to #1 on our list. If the hiring manager and other company officials have all of their questions about you and your candidacy answered to their satisfaction, there should be no reason for a delay in the proceedings - at least not because of anything that YOU did or did not do.
#3 - Identify the next steps of the process.
Before you leave the interview, ask about the next steps of the process. Ask what those steps are and the timeline for their completion. This will not only give you additional information, it will also communicate to company officials that you're interested in those steps and that you have certain expectations regarding them.
#4 - Let the hiring manager know that you're not halting your job search.
Company officials sometimes forget that the candidates they're considering for their open positions are still on a job hunt. If they're seriously considering your candidacy in any way and they know that you might have "other irons in the fire," that could prompt them to pick up the pace with the process.
#5 - Follow up (without fail).
There are many different ways to follow up after an interview. The rule of thumb is to write a thank-you email within 24 hours and then send a handwritten thank-you card a few days after that. This conveys your gratitude while at the same time reminding company officials that you're awaiting further communication from them.
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