In the last couple weeks, Oprah aired a two-part segment with former regular Iyanla Vazant. Iyanla had appeared on the show 20 times in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Suddenly, she disappeared. Oprah brought her on to discuss exactly what happened.
Ultimately, it ended up being a case of miscommunication. Iyanla thought Oprah was angry after finding out that she had been approached to do a show with someone else; Oprah thought Iyanla wanted to go, and didn’t want to stand in her way. Both sides admittedly made incorrect assumptions about the other, which weren’t addressed for 11 years.
How often does this happen in the job search – where you’re NEVER given the opportunity to correct assumptions? You may assume an employer is not interested if they don’t call you back after an interview; you may be surprised to find out THEY might not think you’re interested! In an economy with more than enough people to fill each open position, hiring managers want to make sure they bring someone on who truly wants to be there.
Why? For one, this increases the odds that the new employee will want to stay, reducing the risk of turnover. This benefits the employer since they won’t need to invest more time and energy in the hiring process. Another reason is that it shows initiative, which is especially important in certain industries. For example, sales professionals are in the habit of following up with prospects constantly. If they don’t do this to sell themselves, why would they be effective at promoting a product or services?
There are several ways to show your interest in a position. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1) Convey interest in the cover letter.
2) After submitting your resume, call to check on the status.
3) Express your interest in the job after each interview, and ask about next steps.
4) Send a thank you letter after the interview, and remind the hiring manager that you want the job!
5) Call to follow up after the interview (if you haven’t heard back from the hiring manager by the day they said they’d contact you).
If there’s a job you truly want, don’t hide it! You don’t want to go overboard, but sincerely expressing your interest in a position and company can go a long way.