A friend of mine received the following from a company she was interviewing with and asked me to help her interpret what they mean.

“It sounds like you are pretty happy in your existing role, and we are still talking to candidates over the next few weeks. Please ping me in a few weeks if you are interested in continuing the conversation.”

What do you think they mean? Does this mean that they don’t think she is interested enough in the job they are hiring for?  Does they mean it to be the rejection letter?  What would you do next if you got this reply>

I look forward to your comments.

– Lei

4 Thoughts on “How to Decipher Interviewer Response

  1. Bruce on May 19, 2010 at 8:43 am said:

    I agree with Moran. I think this was a perfect opportunity for this person to not just show her interest, but demonstrate her knowledge about the firm. Thus showing that she is genuinely enthused about the position. Lastly, ask the hr person for reasoning behind her blurb, and see how she can use the feedback going forward.

  2. Lei Han on March 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm said:

    I agree with both. This is definitely not a rejection response from the interviewer. It is clear to me that they are interested in talking to her further but they don’t want to waste their time if this person is not truly interested in the position.

    As it turn out, she is not that interested in the position and probably will only respond with a thank you and not interview further.

    So be aware, however you feel about an job opening, whether you are interested or not, whether you feel qualified or not, will be apparently to your interviewer. So if you feel nervous about any part of your qualifications, it will be good to practice to address that part – otherwise your nervousness will show even if you don’t intend to communicate it.

  3. I agree with Moran. I think this was a perfect opportunity for this person to not just show her interest, but demonstrate her knowledge about the firm. Thus showing that she is genuinely enthused about the position. Lastly, ask the hr person for reasoning behind her blurb, and see how she can use the feedback going forward.

  4. I personally think that they are trying to test her response. See how engaged she is in the process and how much she wants it…
    She should think about a way to let them know that she is interested (if she is indeed interested).

    Also, I believe that hiring managers usually know when a person is genuinely interested in a position. Maybe she should re-think if this is the role/company she wants. She could have been conveying a message subconsciously….

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