Getting An Offer, Or Not – Short and Sweet

 

Getting an Offer

Okay, so I have given you some information on finding an opportunity to apply to and I have talked a little bit about how to get an interview and what to do in the interview itself. Now I want to talk a little bit about dealing with the purpose of the interview, and that is GETTING AN OFFER!

Make no mistake about it folks. The purpose of going on any interview is getting an offer. That is not to say that the interview itself has no value. It does. It allows you to find out more detail about the company than you could from your initial research, you learn firsthand about the attitude and atmosphere of the company, and much more.  However, unless you get an offer all of the information you learned and passed along was just an academic exercise. I mean think about it. You spent all of that time asking and answering questions in order to be able to make a decision about whether you want to go to work there right? Well, if you don’t get an offer you have no decision to make. It’s been made for you.

So, how do you get the offer? Well, there is no guaranty that you are going to get an offer of course. But assuming that you are generally qualified for what you interviewed for, that you used some of the interviewing tools I offered in my previous post, and you didn’t piss off everyone who interviewed you, there is a way to improve your odds greatly. Ask for one! Sounds simple huh? Well, you know what? It works, and for simple reasons. Let’s say a company interviews three people for the same job. All of them are qualified and all of them are nice folks. However, instead of saying “Thanks, for the interview and I look forward to hearing from you” one of them says something like; “Thanks very much for taking the time to meet with me today. I really liked what I saw and heard. The job really fits well with my skills, I like the sort of projects I would be working on, and the company really looks like it would be the sort of place that would support me in learning more and I would really like to work here. Because of all of that I would like to get an offer! When do you think I could expect to hear from you on whether that would be possible?”  In my experience if an offer is going to be extended to anyone it will be to the one who says that sort of things. Why? Well, having followed up on exactly this sort of set of circumstances many, many times the general response is; “Doug they were all good candidates, but we’re going to make an offer to number three first because he/she seemed a lot more excited about working with us and we think we have a lot better chance of acceptance from them”. The long and the short of it being that given a choice between several people who can do the job the company will make an offer to the one they think will accept it. Pretty simple huh? Remember the company is not interviewing people because it’s fun and they have nothing better to do. The company is losing time and/or money because they have an open job and they want it filled. So if they find someone who can do the job and wants to be there that’s the one to grab.

In summation, you get more of what you ask for than you do of what you don’t. So, if you tell the interviewer/s that you like the job, why you like it and express an interest in working there you just placed yourself at the head of the line and gave them a great big reason to make you an offer.

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