Perplexed About No Follow-Up

Dear Dan,

I applied for a Fire Chief’s position in March. On June 7, I received notice that I was slated to be interviewed via Skype over the next two weeks.

Well, it’s now been three weeks and nothing. Not even a courtesy email, letter or phone call stating I was actually turned down.

I did, however on June 27 watch their June 19 township meeting on Youtube. They said they finished the interviews. I have been in the Fire Service for over 35 years and was a Fire Chief for 3 years.

I am not offended, just perplexed. Just asking for thoughts on this.

Thanks,

Jim

(Sent on June 29, 2018)

Dear Jim,

I wouldn’t blame you if you felt offended. It’s easy to take these things personally. Dr. Dawn Graham has a chapter in her new book Switchers titled It’s Not Fair.

Hirers:

Hirers aren’t thinking about how YOU feel. They’re thinking about how THEY feel and making a safe choice.

Hirers seem rude. In reality, they’re navigating bumpy terrain. If they succeed, they’re heroes. If the new hire doesn’t work out, they take the brunt of complaints.

Initiative:

My first thought is be more proactive.

When someone gives you a window of two weeks – follow up with them in two weeks – if they don’t follow up with you. Follow-up to show initiative and for your mental health.

I’ve hired a lot of people. The ones I hired followed up with me. They called to let me know they applied and to be sure I had seen their resume’. Usually, I didn’t remember their resume’, but I dug it out while they were on the phone.

After the interview, they followed up again. I had the feeling they really wanted the job. 

Follow-up doesn’t mean you’ll get the job. But you won’t be in the dark.

What thoughts do you have for Jim?

______________________

After note: According to the National Fire Department Registry, 9.2% of firefighters in your State are career firefighters. The location information you provided – that I left out – suggests you are in a low population area. I wish you the best in your search. 

Interview: A conversation with Dr. Dawn Graham.