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Getting From the Interview to a Job Offer

You've done your homework, submitted your resume and landed an interview for the job you want. The interview goes well and you walk out feeling great about your prospects.

Now what? What more can you do to help ensure that the good interview turns into a solid job offer?

Your PQNDT Consultant Can Help

The first step to take is to contact your PQNDT representative immediately after the interview to review the situation. Talk about what went right during the interview and what might have gone wrong. We will be able to offer practical suggestions on how to move things forward with the employer.

Be sure to contact your interviewer (or interviewers if you met with more than one person) with a letter thanking them and expressing your interest in the position. Although e-mail may be acceptable today, nothing carries the weight and status of a well-written letter. It will help make you stand out from other candidates.

Salary Negotiations

Now it is time to work with us to secure the best available financial terms for you as a part of the overall job package. It is important to be honest about your expectations, and to discuss what is negotiable and non-negotiable in your salary and benefits package. Start the discussion in general terms before moving on to specifics. Don't ask about vacation time before you settle on a salary!

Verbal Offers

If you are offered the job verbally and it meets your expectations accept it. You should also request a formal written offer.

Written Offers

Review the offer with your PQNDT consultant to see if the terms match up with your expectations and needs. We can also help you make sure the offer covers items such as relocation costs, educational benefits, etc.

Accepting the Offer

If you decide the job is right for you, accept both verbally and in writing. Be clear on when you are expected to begin work, and make sure you have enough time to complete your notice period with your current employer. If you are tempted to delay the start of your new job so that you can take some vacation time, make sure it will not jeopardize the job offer.



Do you have a comment to make on this article? We'd like to hear from you! Please e-mail your comments or questions to newsletters@pqndt.com.



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In This Issue:
A Needle in a Haystack
Drill Down for More Effective
Interviewing
Memo from Michael
Getting From the Interview to a Job Offer

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