Turnaround time

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Turnaround time is important. It tells you a lot about a person. Are they hungry? Do they respond in a timely manner? Do they make themselves available and work around your schedule?

When someone has engaged with you (replies to your resume submission), the interview process has officially begun. Make sure you spell check your emails, and make sure your turn-around on setting up interviews is quick. You can be sure that the person hiring is also talking to many others and if you lag you will be shooting yourself in the foot.

Stay in the front of the pack. Many times I have chosen the candidate within the first few that I talk to. Do everything you can to make yourself available at the times listed for any interview requested. If you don’t you may loose out on the opportunity.

For instance, the other day I was setting up telephone interviews with 10 candidates that I had chosen from about 60. I gave a time/date frame of Friday or Monday for a telephone interview. The best answer would be “Friday anytime is great for me, please let me know what time is best for you and I will be available”.

The gal that said, “Monday after 430pm” lost out because the girl that I spoke to Friday got an in-person interview on Saturday and will meet the CEO Monday…

If you want the job, be available, and don’t add time to the process. When time is added, it sends me a message that you are not hungry.

– Andrea Doven

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