The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Sorry Tom Petty, but the chorus just works sometimes. We have heard it countless times in a “good economy”, but in the current environment the waiting is truly challenging the most resilient of people. Obviously there is the “waiting” for opportunities and firms to begin interviewing – understandable and an issue that is impacting everyone across all areas of the economy.  What has really become trying is the delay in the actual presentation of offers.

There has almost always been some degree of lag or slack in the interview process, especially during that critical period deep in the process when all indicators point toward an offer being extended. However, we have recently seen a dramatic extension of the final decision making process and the presentation of offers. It has become an excruciating slow process for both candidates and for business leaders.  Both are equally anxious to move forward. There is however a very clear sense of caution as no one – business leaders, HR, and the entire litany of stakeholders in a firm – wants to be the one that overextended themselves, their business unit, or their firm.

So what does one do during these times?  There is no exact answer, but what we can say with absolute certainty is that there is a very fine line for interview candidates.  Remaining engaged is good.  Becoming or being perceived as desperate or even pushy – not so good.  One must remain sensitive to all parties involved – it is draining for everyone.  This applies equally to the interview candidates as it does to our client companies.  We have shared and reminded all that there are people on both sides of the equation.  Everyone has something to win and something to lose.  The secret is to not lose sight of the human element.

In the end, there is not much one can do but accept that it is a trying time for everyone.  If that does not help the situation, I would advocate a visit to iTunes for a little reprieve.  As Tom Petty put it so well…”you take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the waiting is the hardest part.”

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