Patiently Waiting for the Job Offer

Waiting for a Job Offer

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You leave a job interview feeling pretty confident. As far as you can tell, it went quite well. You gave your best answers to every question and you think the interviewer liked you. She said you'd be hearing something "soon." What does "soon" even mean? Will the employer make a job offer this week, next week or in a couple of weeks? Will they make one at all?

Waiting to hear back about a job offer can be a slow and prolonged torture-filled experience.

Even if you are confident about your performance, you can't help but feel anxious. You may check your voicemail over and over even though you have your phone with you all the time and you never turn it off. You constantly refresh your email inbox hoping something will appear. You wonder how long you should wait before you contact the employer (ANSWER: at least a week).

If you've ever applied for a job, this scenario no doubt sounds very familiar. Here are some tips that will help you get through the stressful time between a job interview and (hopefully) a job offer:

1. If you are currently employed keep on doing what you're doing. Go to work every day. Do your job well. Whatever you do, don't do anything that will indicate that you are about to quit, even if you are almost positive you will be getting an offer any day now. You never know what can happen and you certainly don't want to burn any bridges.

2. Continue your job search. If you don't get this job, the next one may be right around the corner. If you keep looking you will find something else and you may even like it more.

3. Now about those nerves. One way to stay calm, is to keep busy. Your current job or your search for a new one will take care of that for the most part.

You should also take time to relax. If you are working, try not to stay late every night. If you are job searching, don't do it 24/7.

4. If you're unemployed, you may be going a bit stir crazy. Get out of the house. Go for a walk, head to the gym or see a movie. Tend to your job search from a library or a coffee shop with free wi-fi. Don't feel like you have to be tethered to your phone all the time either. You may need to or want to be away from your phone for a little while or you may not be able to answer it where you are (in a movie, for example). Your voicemail will pick up any calls you miss and you can always call back.

5. You probably researched your prospective employer while you were getting ready for your interview, but you can always learn more. Take this time to keep up with the latest news about the company and the industry in general. If you do get the offer you were hoping for, this information will help you make a decision.

6. Speaking of offers, you should be ready to respond if you do get one. After the interview, you may be almost certain you will accept, but to help avoid problems later on, you should give it some careful thought. You should also be prepared to negotiate if the salary is lower than what you were hoping for.