On the job : While waiting for that call

You interview for a job. You’re called back for a second interview and maybe even a third. You think they like you.

You know you like them. “You can do this job,” you say to yourself. Then they say they need a few days to make a decision. “How many days is a few?,” you ask yourself. You go home and you wait. And wait. And then you wait some more. Then you wonder how long you should wait before you call them (answer: at least a week).

If you’re already working keep on doing what you’re doing. Don’t give any indication that you’re about to leave. You never know what can happen and you certainly don’t want to burn any bridges. If you’re in the middle of a job hunt keep going. You may find something you like even better. And if this one doesn’t come through, the next one may be right around the corner.

If you’re not working, and you’re just sitting around waiting for the call do what you can to relax. Go to a movie. Read a good book. Stay home and do some organising — don’t those closets need cleaning?

Take this time to learn what you can about your prospective employer. Keep up with the latest news about the company and the industry

in general. — Agencies