Job Search Tip: Asking for the Job

January 4th, 2012 | Interviewing | No Comments »

Let’s face it, you go job hunting for several reasons. Often times, it may be that you fall into the unemployed, underemployed and unhappily employed category, which serves as the engine that kick starts your hunt for the “perfect” or “almost perfect” job opportunity.

Armed with the tools for your hunt (including your well penned resume) you are about to stir the interest of what could be your next boss. From the moment you get that call for the interview, you must immediately become an award winning researcher/investigator gleaning all the vital information you can find on the company.

The big day is here and the interview is going greater than you expected. You have connected all the dots regarding your skills set and the job description. From your interviewer’s description of the company, you’re loving the company’s culture, the scope for growth, salary package and their flexible hours.

Well, what are you waiting for? Seize the moment and ask for the job now! According to Karen Burns (author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use), here are two great ways to ask:

1. “I’m very interested in this job. Is there anything preventing you from offering me the job right now?”

2. “I am truly interested in the job. What is the next step for consideration? When will you be making a decision? Are there any questions I have left unanswered?”

You may feel a little forward in asking these questions, but they let the employer you’re definitely interested, which is important because they won’t want to extend a job offer to someone they don’t think is interested. Plus, asking about the next step shows your confidence and forward-thinking.

After all, you went job hunting for a reason. The hunt itself can either be long and frustratingly painful or very efficient, depending on the psychology of the hunter. Which route will you choose?

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-By Betty Scott