I am searching for a new job in analysis. I went through a final round interview last week (2 rounds plus the phone screener). I received excellent feedback. The recruiter/talent manager communicated to me that the team had nothing but amazing things to say about my interviews. My background, skills, long-term goals, and team chemistry were all a perfect match for the role. I even brought in an example of a report (scrubbed) from my previous job that is similar to what I would potentially be doing.


I also took an assessment as part of the interview last week, which I felt could have been way better. I ran out of time, but when I got home, I immediately followed up with an email and sent in the additional information that I originally missed out on due to the timing. The team was really glad that I took the initiative to send that over, as the additional info gives a more complete picture of my analytic ability.


The interviews were outstanding, but the assessment 'left the door open', for other candidates to prove their value for the opening. I did not 'knock it out the park', unfortunately. A missed opportunity to close the deal, but I am determined to still win out over the competition. The last update I received said that I am a viable candidate but the final decision has not been made yet, as there are a few more interviews left.


But, now in this position, what can I do to stay on top of the team's mind while they continue to interview a few other candidates? 


Is there anything that I can do at this point to sway their decision in my favor, so that they ultimately decide to hire me?


I was planning to send a follow up email about recent news/latest trends that relate to a topic of conversation from the interview or to the industry/company/job. Should I email all managers I met with individually or copy all of them on one? 


What are some other strategies to stay competitive during this post-interview time?


And while this is out of my hands, I was just wondering: do hiring managers continue to interview candidates because they were already scheduled or because they want to leave no stone unturned? Would they cancel all other interviews immediately after a candidate blows them away, or do they continue to interview candidates regardless?

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10 months ago

Tons of really great stuff in here. You have done everything in your control to this point to keep yourself top of mind. To answer all of your questions, while trying not to repeat the great advice already given, here are my thoughts.


what can I do to stay on top of the team's mind while they continue to interview a few other candidates? Is there anything that I can do at this point to sway their decision in my favor, so that they ultimately decide to hire me?


These questions are related. I am a sales recruiter, and we tend to be a little on the aggressive side, so take that as a warning. I am a big fan of following up, but I your follow up has to be thoughtful and intended to continue the conversation or push yourself as more viable candidate. I love the idea of leveraging current blogs and articles that tie back to your work or conversations you had during the interview with that person that further shows why you are a great fit for the company. 


I do agree that you wait until around 4-5 days after your last follow up to do this. Don't want to be the crazy ex-boy/girlfriend before the relationship even starts.


Should I email all managers I met with individually or copy all of them on one? 


You should definitely not copy all people on one email, show them you care, send personalized follow ups to the key people. Your future boss for sure, the recruiter since they hold some information usually, and anybody else who you feel you built a strong relationship with.


What are some other strategies to stay competitive during this post-interview time?


You have really done a lot to this point. Something that helps, if you haven't done it already, is a 30/60/90 day plan. These should be simple, with goals and accomplishments that you see as important based on the job description and questions you had answered in the interview process.


do hiring managers continue to interview candidates because they were already scheduled or because they want to leave no stone unturned?


On this I'd say its a mixed bag. In my experience, if someone has there hire, they will keep interviewing other people while in negotiations, but will pull the plug once their person has agreed and signed the offer. As Michelle noted, this is often a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th priority for HM's and they do not want to waste their, or their teams time, interviewing people just to be nice.


BUT, some do want to leave no stone unturned, and so that is not uncommon either.


All in all, I feel like you have handled everything you could control really well. That dang assessment may be the thing that kicks you in the butt, but If you really want this job fight for it and let them know. Companies want people who really want to work for them, and if you can do it in a way that doesn't come off as desperate, they would be lucky to have you.


My other piece of advice, keep looking. If you are actively trying to leave your current company, don't stand idly by on the back burner waiting to hear back. You can always cancel those interviews if you get this dream job, but you may miss another opportunity if you aren't active.


Good luck!



10 months ago

Thanks! Your additional advice is great. And definitely, I will continue to search and interview in the interim. I'll keep all options open on my end.

10 months ago

My other piece of advice, keep looking. If you are actively trying to leave your current company, don't stand idly by on the back burner waiting to hear back. You can always cancel those interviews if you get this dream job, but you may miss another opportunity if you aren't active.


This. I think a lot of people make a huge mistake and react to the choices made by others. You're significantly better off being active with your job search. 


Increase your application pipeline = increase your interviews = increase your chance of job offers. 


Then you have the power to decide where you go rather than having the decision made for you.

10 months ago

Sounds like you're ON IT and you're also in a favorable position and a strong contender for the role... you have received excellent feedback so far (which they wouldn't give unless they wanted you to know you are in a favorable position with them!) and good on you to finish the assessment even though you ran out of time. 


Have you already sent your interview thank yous? I think it's appropriate to email a thank you to each person who interviewed you, but I agree with Chris -- if you've already sent your thank yous, you really don't want to push it too much and risk being a bug, and being on their radar too much can actually detract from your value perception. The only reason to follow up again is if you can bring some significant new value to the table -- I worry that flagged industry articles in this case is a transparent "don't forget about me!" move. I'd hold on that for now...give a little time...


HANG IN THERE! To answer your question... yes, they are going to complete the interviews they already had scheduled, and who knows, they might even bring in some new candidates into the process, which will slow things down even further! As tough as this waiting period is, try to remember that hiring a new candidate is often not the top priority of the day or week for a company and the members of the hiring team. More pressing things come up, their attention shifts off of the hiring process, someone has to reschedule one of the interviews and then everyone has to reschedule, and on and on etc. unknown factors. 


Rest at ease knowing you've done your part! 


Sounds like you've made a connection with the recruiter, and again, way to go with getting such positive feedback! They don't have to say a thing and they often don't...


SO - if you haven't heard something a week from now, I'd say it's fine to go ahead and check in with the recruiter. 


Keep us posted! 

10 months ago

I sent thank you emails already, so I will take your advice and hold off on any other messages for now.


Very helpful. I will keep you posted. Thanks!

10 months ago

"I was planning to send a follow up email about recent news/latest trends that relate to a topic of conversation from the interview or to the industry/company/job. Should I email all managers I met with individually or copy all of them on one?"

I'd be careful here and try not to come off as too eager. At this point, I'd recommend waiting maybe 5-7 days from the last time you checked in to see if there's an update. Though it's good to keep in touch, the more times you reach out the higher chance hiring managers are going to think you're very desperate or too clingy. This will also hurt when it comes time to negotiate for your compensation package.

Generally, hiring managers  will meet with all of the candidates they've scheduled to interview, and then they'll sync up and do a debrief of all the candidates. That seems to be the stage they're at. Have patience and check in after about a week. 

10 months ago

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