Even future presidents must deal with waiting for a job offer

Most countries when electing public representatives will have a point where the campaign stops and voting begins. The various candidates will generally stop campaigning on the eve of the election date and whilst various “get out to vote” and other efforts continue the candidates themselves usually take a back seat.

I would imagine after a hard fought and somewhat bitter campaign as has unfolded in the US it is probably difficult to step back after months engaging directly with the public and watch as your fate is decided. Indeed the huge amount of polling data gathered throughout election day highlights the scale of kettle watching that political parties engage in on election day.

Similarly, after having attended several interviews the state of limbo job seekers can find themselves in can be distracting and often quite frustrating. It can be difficult to focus on your day to day job in a scenario where the likelihood of you leaving said job is being decided behind closed doors.

How long will it take?

Whilst Hilary and Donal will know their fate most likely by tomorrow morning or earlier, a job seekers experience can look a lot more like the 2000 election between Bush and Gore that dragged on well after election day.

One of the hardest parts of searching for a job is waiting to get feedback and waiting to hear if you have been successful candidate.

I have seen recruitment processes where only 1 candidate was called for a final round interview and yet a confirmation of offer took up to two weeks to be delivered.

There are many reasons for this between getting final sign off, management meetings to confirm the hire or simple bureaucracy if several stakeholders are required to confirm the offer.

But what can you do while you wait?

Apart from some of the basic “to do’s” after a final interview like taking notes about the main talking points, concerns you may have and any indications you gave towards salary and package, there are three other things you should focus on while you await a decision:

  1. Focus on the task at hand. In this previous blog we highlighted why your last month in a job is one of the most important. If you end up leaving it is absolutely in your own interest to do so on a positive note so while waiting on feedback the most constructive action you can take is to up your own personal performance and make sure that you are in a good position regardless of whether you choose to leave or not.
  2. Before accepting an offer it is prudent to do some final research on the future employer. You might feel more comfortable reaching out to past colleagues who may be able to provide some insights or check website that previous employees may have reviewed the company on.
  3. Get your house in order. If you haven’t done so already, have a previous and current referee identified and ready to go so that if things progress you don’t need to go and think about who best to contact. We always recommend that you wait until a contract is signed before a current reference is provided but a previous reference can sometimes help close the deal. Have thought about what your notice is likely to be and if you wish to try and negotiate this and consider who you will approach to hand in your notice.


In addition to this if you are active in other recruitment processes it’s a good time to give a general update that you may not be on the market much longer. Do not however wrap up your search until you’ve signed the dotted line on what you feel is the best offer available.

It can be a tense time when you are invested in the potential of a future role but it’s also important to measure this should you be unsuccessful or in case the offer is not in line with your expectations.

Unfortunately, it’s never an easy wait and there is no cure to anticipation but following the above guidelines leaves you in the best situation to accept or refuse an offer or deal with getting no offer at all.



Even future presidents must deal with waiting for a job offer! Written by Robert Connolly, Director Legal & Compliance.


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