Don’t Stop Your Job Search Just Because You Had One Good Interview

I don’t understand why people put all their eggs in one basket and stop their job search while they wait to hear back from an employer. Just because YOU think the interview went well does not mean that you’re guaranteed the job.

5 Things All Applicants Should Do

  1. Apply to all the jobs that interest you and go to every interview that you’re invited to.
  2. Don’t stop your job search while you wait to hear back from a company after your first or second interview. Just because you started the interview process with one company doesn’t mean you need to decline future interviews with other companies.
  3. Remember to interview the company. You’re trying to figure out if that’s a place/team that you will enjoy working with. So come prepared to all your interviews with your own set of questions.
  4. Have a Plan B. Make sure you that you always have 2-3 interviews on the go so you increase your odds of a job offer.
  5. Do some research. Employers check your background and references and you should check theres. Research how well the company is doing and try to find a connection/colleague who can tell you what it’s like to work for them.

Think like an Employer

Employers don’t hire the first person they interview. They interview at least 5 people so they can be sure they hire the best. They even have a Plan B just incase their #1 applicant declines the offer. The recruitment process can take a long time and can be very expensive. This is why employers make sure they interview as many applicants as they can and check references or a do a background check.

When you’re thinking about your job search why not do something different this time. An average posting is open for two weeks and recruiters usually interview 5 candidates for each role. Why not give yourself two weeks to apply to all the jobs that you are interested in and try to get invited to at least 5 interviews.

This means creating different cover letter and resumes for each application. You don’t want to send a generic resume so do some research and really think of the reasons why you want to work for these companies or why they should hire you. Hopefully after a few weeks you would have completed a few phone screens and maybe even started some face-to-face interviews.

Worst Case Scenario

What happens when you put all your eggs in one basket and you find out that you didn’t get the job? You’re DEVASTATED!!! You’re shocked and you are not looking forward to starting the whole job search process again. The recruitment process is a very funny thing. For some roles you hear from the company right away and you’re off in the interview process. For other roles it can take months to hear from anyone let alone have a phone interview or schedule a face-to-face interview.

When you have a few interviews on the go rejection is actually an easier blow to take. This is because you have other interviews you need to focus on so you stay optimistic.

At the End of The Day

You have nothing to lose. People have said that when you’re looking for work it’s like a full time job. Applying to jobs and going to interviews is very time consuming. You need to be very organized and always prepared for an interview. So why not increase your odds and shorten the length of your job search by applying to and interviewing for more than one role.

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15 thoughts on “Don’t Stop Your Job Search Just Because You Had One Good Interview

  1. Jamie
    January 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks for this post, Dorothy!
    I did this EXACT same thing with a job a few weeks ago. I put ALL my hopes on it, and even though it’s still up in the air, I’ve accepted it and have moved on!
    Love your site

    1. January 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks for leaving a comment Jamie and glad you liked the post 🙂

  2. Becky
    February 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Dorothy,
    I am also graduating college in a few months and have been sending resumes to companies in my chosen field. I recently was called by an H.R. recruiter for a company that I had sent a resume to. I accepted the offer for a formal interview with several levels within the company from H.R. to department manager to V.P. All interviews went well. The H.R. person who had initially contacted me was out of town that day, and I touched base with her the following week. She gave me very positive feedback and told me that she needed to meet with the V.P. to put something together and would get back to me the following week. The next week, she corresponded by e-mail and said that the department was still determinining their needs and she wanted to know if I had any other offers on the table at this time. I am a bit confused as to how to respond. I would really love to work for this company but, of course, I am also looking elsewhere. I felt encouraged that she was going to come back with an offer this week but then she only postponed. Does her inquiry about other offers indicate that she wants to know her time frame and that an offer is forthcoming? Or does her postponment mean that they are not interested? How do you interpret this and how should I answer?

    Thank you!

    1. February 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Becky,
      It sounds to me that they have changed their minds and may no longer have a vacancy. This company obviously likes you and would love you on their team (unless they feel bad and are just saying this because they can’t hire you) if and when they had an opening. Since they are reviewing their needs it sounds like she is hopeful that an opening comes up quickly but she can’t promise anything.

      I would definitely move on unfortunately. Even though you want to work for this company you can’t wait forever. While they figure things out you need to keep looking for work and let them know if you do get an offer and see what they do. I’m sorry that the process wasn’t much more easier for you.

  3. AJ
    February 10, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Hi Dorothy,
    I was looking to talk about the point you had mentioned “go to every interview that you’re invited to.”
    I was recently called to interview for a software position at a world leader in software, when I clearly have no prior experience or skills in software coding.
    As someone who is very sensitive to rebuttals, I did not end up attending the interview as I clearly feel I was not going to gain anything nor crack the interview.
    As a HR do you think these calls made by them to people who might not be well suited to the job is done on purpose to fill in more people or just for the fact that they feel I might have a chance at clearing the interview !

    1. February 10, 2012 at 1:25 am

      Hi AJ,
      How did this software company get your resume? Did you apply to this job? The only way I can explain some interview invitations when the candidate thinks they are not well qualified for the role is that the job description had changed. Maybe the role was not heavily based on coding and after seeing your past experience they have decided that they actually want to hire someone with a different skill set that you may have. What I mean by ‘go to every interview that you’re invited to’ is that the more interviews you attend the more practice you’ll get and the better you’ll be in other interviews. It just doesn’t hurt to go in and see what they liked about you. Remember it’s just as much an interview for them as it is for you. Hope that helps.

  4. CeCe
    February 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Hi Dorothy,
    I stumbled upon your blog while searching for interview tips, your blog and it’s commends are really helpful, thanks.

    I went to a few interviews lately, and one of them had decided to hired me. The company (A) called me on Tuesday and I accepted the offer. Then I went to another interview with a different company (B) two days later, because the interview was scheduled before I was hired.

    Towards the end of the interview, the recruiter asked me if I have been to other interviews, I said yes. Then she asked how they went, and eventually we got down to company A and I told her they hired me, and I was to start the new job in two weeks. She even asked for the company name.

    I felt strange about that conversation. First time a recruiter asking me that, and I wasn’t sure if I should let her know that I was hired.

    Did I do something wrong? Should I not tell her that I was hired? Or I shouldn’t even go to other interviews after I accepted a job offer? Company B said they will contact me next Wednesday . Now just say they decided to hire me, and I will tell company A, which I am due starting the following Monday, that I decline their offer. What should I say? BTW company B is the company I much prefer to work for.

    Please enlighten me, much appreciated!


    1. February 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Hi CeCe,
      I think it’s fine that you accepted a job and went to an interview with another company a few days later. I personally would not have said that you were offered a job and that you accepted only because it makes the whole situation weird. I also would not have told the recruiter the name of the company because frankly thats none of their business. I would have also kept the fact you accepted the other job a secret because it makes you look like you will jump ship pretty easily. I understand that you prefer to work for company B but to me that’s a reason to have kept that secret to yourself. I hope they contact you and offer you the job but next time if you’re in this situation I would not open up so easily. Hope that helps and good luck!

  5. Beth
    March 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Dorothy!
    It looks like you respond quickly to questions and if so, it will be a gift from God!
    Long story short- I have been in advertising sales for over six years. I have developed a talent and love for the creative side of marketing and have long yearned to get out of the sales industry because it is so stressful.
    But last year I had gotten laid off and was forced to take a sales job w/ a crappy company who ultimately let me go last month.

    The day before I got let go, I had an intvw w/ another Company that was very similar to the type of advertising I sold early on in my career that I really loved, but was always ultimately stressed about making sales numbers.
    We scheduled the second intvw, I lost my job te next day. On the second intvw, I didn’t say anything about having lost my job. However, when filling out the background check forms- I was honest. I am just hoping that it will go unnoticed. (yikes)

    I have signed & accepted a formal job offer pending the results of the background & drug tests. Will likely get those tomorrow or Wed.

    I received a call today from a company I had applied with about a month ago. It would be in the creative aspect of marketing & not sales. I haven’t called back yet bc I am unsure of what to say.

    I’d feel horrible to back out on my future new company now. Wouldn’t know what to say about not currently being employed & how I’ve aleady accepted a new position that will be official any day now.

    Confused! Advice?


    Thank you so much in advance!

    1. March 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Beth,
      I would wait until you officially hear back from your new position before you call the other company back. If you think you will hear from them any day now then the other company can probably wait. Once you get the official word then you can contact the other company and tell them that you have just accepted another role. Hope that helps and good luck!

  6. Diana Doug
    March 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    Thanks for the great post. I had 5 possible interviews and with all reasons you mentioned above, only two turned out face-to-face interviews. For one I was over qualified and for one I realized I did not have the experience they were looking for.

    I have 2 more in pipeline but I am still applying. You never know !!

  7. Diana Doug
    March 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    Is it okay to let the hiring manager know that you have other interview calls.

    1. March 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Hi Diana,
      Yes it’s ok to tell a hiring manager or a recruiter that you are interviewing with other companies.

  8. Danielle
    May 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Dorothy,
    I know this post is from a few months back & my question isn’t QUITE the same as this, but I found this post and you give such good advice I thought I would see if you could offer some to me.
    I’m just finishing up a grad degree so am looking for a FT position, but am willing to take PT for at least a while if I need to. I saw a PT hourly position that I feel I’m very qualified for, so I sent my resume, got a call to arrange a phone interview (I’m out of the country completing my degree for one more month), and had the interview yesterday. It’s a small company, so my interview was with the CEO and at the end we arranged for me to come in for a face-to-face on my first Friday back and if there are no problems (he said ‘and I’m sure there won’t be’) then could I start the next Monday and work up to 40 hours a week.
    I was very happy as I considered this a job offer, unless something goes horribly wrong when we meet in person, and am excited to come back to a job, especially with potential for full time.
    Here’s where my question comes in… I was glancing through the job website I initially saw their ad on, just as it’s become a bit of a habit and I like seeing the types of jobs that are going, and I saw that they posted a new job advertisement yesterday (timestamped hours after our conversation) for a FT salaried position which pays MUCH better and is advertised with benefits that I feel I would also be qualified. Should I contact the company to see if I can be considered for that position, or would he have mentioned it if he had already thought I was qualified for it? I don’t necessarily want them thinking I’m unhappy with the first offer and am continuing to look for other jobs, but at the same time the newly advertised job is much better. Do I mention it, or do I continue with the original plan and hope that if they find me qualified for a better position I will be promoted to it?
    Thanks very much, and sorry for the length!

    1. May 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Danielle,
      I would definitely apply and mention it to your interviewer. Just say that you saw this posting and that because it is full-time and you feel qualified for it you would like them to know that you are interested in it as well. They can’t read your mind or they can’t think for you so you need to speak up. Not everyone needs or wants full-time or benefits so every job you see or are interested in you need to apply. Good luck!!