Ask About the Next Steps

Tue, Jul 3, 2012

Interview Skills

Even if you’re not sure what to ask when the interviewer asks you in the end what questions you have, there is one thing that you can do in order to find out what happens next.

Yes, you ask what the next steps are in the hiring process.

This question often causes the hiring manager to do one of two things:

  1. Tell you that you’re not the right fit.
  2. Tell you what the next steps are.

Even though you don’t necessarily want to know that you haven’t gotten the job (you want to hang onto that hope for a bit), it can be helpful to just know immediately.  That way, you can start scheduling more interviews.

On the other hand, if you find out what the next steps in the process are (a call in a few weeks, a follow-up email, another interview, etc.), you can begin to prepare for that part of the hiring process.

When the hiring manager doesn’t know what the next steps are, you might want to ask when you can expect to hear from them.  This will give you an idea of how long the process will take and whether you want to continue looking for other jobs.

It’s all about your energy.  When you show that you are interested in finding out what happens next, you can begin to move the process along.  Once the company knows that you are interested in getting to the end of the decision, they will be more likely to either continue interviewing you or let you know that you should look elsewhere.

See?  You do have a question to ask in the end.  And the company’s answer can help you in your job search – no matter what they tell you next.

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