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Don't Let Tough Questions Sabotage Your Interview

Why Contact Often Stops After Each Job Interview
In the current employer's job market, rejection letters appear to have dried up like rain in the Sahara, and candidates are wondering why. Perhaps it's because overworked human-resources managers, knowing they have the upper hand, don't feel the need to respond to runners-up. Perhaps they simply don't have time.

Staffs of some HR departments have been cut so dramatically that line managers are now running the hiring show, says Tyrone Redden, a human-resources consultant in Oakland, Calif., for DuPont. "Your typical manager focuses on whom they want, not whom they've rejected, so passed-over candidates aren't likely to hear from them," he says..............

It Pays to Play It Cool During The Interview Waiting Game
Scott Boston began a job search in the summer of 2002, after taking a severance package and leaving his position as chief learning officer at BellSouth Corp. in Atlanta. He seemed fortunate when McKesson Corp., the pharmaceutical distributor based in San Francisco, asked him almost immediately to interview for a comparable job. Talks went well, and he was called back for a second interview...and a third... and a fourth. In all, he met with 12 managers, potential peers and would-be staff in six sessions in the next two months.

"The first time I walked in the door I knew I wanted to work for the company," he says. And with each interview, he became more emotionally invested in the job. "I was talking with people about the issues they're facing, and relating it to conversations I'd had with other people in the organization. I felt like... I was already there," he recalls.

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