It can happen to anyone in the midst of a job hunt—you put your best foot forward on your resume and your application with a company. You had a great phone interview, which led to at least one in-person interview. You knocked that interview out of the park and left the office with a great feeling about where things stood. So, the only thing missing is an offer of employment from the company for your next dream job. There’s one problem—the offer has not come in yet. It can be a frustrating time for anyone, but there’s a number of things that you want to keep in mind when waiting out this part. You know that an offer should be coming, but it’s delayed—there can be a number of reasons for this.
Remember that it’s probably not you
A lot of organizations have a number of tiers to them. These tiers all need to be kept in the loop when an offer to a potential employee is being considered. There can be dozens of reasons for this type of delay. A major company project might have run into challenges and the entire hiring team is focusing on getting that solved before working with you. The person you interviewed with might have taken another offer themselves in the interim. Maybe a dream internal candidate came along, or just an average one—most companies do their due diligence and make sure that they interview interested internal candidates. The point is, you need to keep in mind that these delays might have nothing to do with you whatsoever. Be patient!
Stay on top of the process
Even though a delay might have nothing to do with you, there’s nothing wrong with trying to stay on top of things and seeing what might be going on. You might even reconsider your willingness to take the offer—you should be doing some digging via research and mining your network to see if there might be something problematic about the company’s future. They might have financial issues down the road, or you might learn through your own conversations that this is a sign of things to come. Additionally, you want to ask some questions when you get a hold of the hiring manager. Ask whose decision it was to put the offer on hold, and ask what any timeline looks like for clarity on the situation. You’ll be glad that you got these answers.
An offer on hold can be a frustrating time for anyone. You want to keep perspective on the situation and use the time productively to look more into the company’s standing and situation. In many instances, it can actually be a blessing in disguise. If you decide you still want to pursue next steps, there is nothing wrong at all with getting more clarity on the situation when you speak with your contact and the hiring managers at the company in question. Information is key here, and you want to get as much as you can.
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