Are you prepared to wait for the interviewer make up his mind, possibly forgetting how you are just the right person? Or will you encourage him to make the offer to you that you want?
It’s quite unusual, although not unknown, to be offered a job during the course of the first interview unless the candidate is a clear winner and the interviewer holds the power to hire on the spot.
From the interviewee’s point of view, providing there are clear signals that the interviewer is very keen and interested in hearing about the candidate, the interviewee could try asking questions like, “When were you expecting to have someone in the position working for you?”, this would give a clear idea as to the time line, obviously, the shorter the better.
“What would be the first thing you’d like the new employee to do?”, if this is related to one of your key skills you’ve been discussing, you could say, “I can see how that could work, what I’d do first is to …”.
“When would you like that completed by and what would you want done next?”
Providing the answer was positive then try for the final close by asking, “I could do all that for you, would you like me to start on (whatever the start date mentioned was) or sooner?”
In most cases the interviewer has to select, from a number of candidates, the person who, in his opinion, has what it takes to do the job he wants filled. What you don’t want to happen is for the interviewer to forget you.
That’s why you send thank you and follow up letters, you’ll find examples in other pages.
You can add a paragraph to the thank you letter mentioning you are already thinking about some of the things discussed at the interview and are looking forward to making things work smoothly and efficiently should you be offered the job.
The follow up letter could also be by way of a phone call. Let’s say the situation is that a decision will be made in two or three weeks.
Ring the company, ask to speak to the interviewer and say something like, “I understand you are not thinking about making the job offer until … . As you know from what we talked about in the interview and what I said in my letter, I’m really keen on taking on this task and doing a brilliant job for you. The more I think about it the more excited I get. Is there any way you could bring the decision making process forward?”
This might just be sufficient to tip the balance in your favour.
Or you could try, “I know you were thinking about offering me the job but you have to wait until … to make the announcement. As you know, I’m very keen to work for your company but there have been developments with another opportunity. I’m being asked to let them know, within the next few days, if I’d be able to accept their offer. I wouldn’t like to say “yes” then reverse my decision at a later date, I’m sure you appreciate that, so I was wondering if there was some way you could bring forward the offer date?”
Is this emotional blackmail?
You might see it this way. However it also proves you are a person of honour, not wanting to make a commitment you couldn’t fill.
Do they really want someone as good as you to go and work for the competition?