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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1372 times:

Earlier this week i got the opportunity to have two phone interviews with two different people at a company in Belgium, and after that i was told that they would like to see me in person and that if i would want it i am welcome for a personal interview in Belgium.

Now, the highest ranking guy (of these two i talked to) told me that he will give me a date for the Belgium interview via email since at this point he was unsure of his schedule. This was on monday and as this week is coming to a close without me getting any time for appointment yet i am thinking whether i should call and require it myself or just contuine waiting.

The reason i am unsure is that what the guy in charge would make of it, i feel like what i do in situations like these would in their eyes reflect how i would act in a future job that they are about to give me. I have no trouble waiting for the appointment and if i call and ask about it now i feel like i'm making the employer unescessary hassle (that would reflect poorly on me) because at any rate he still wouldnt give me an appointment any faster.

At the same time i feel like calling and inquering about it so that i'd seem very interested and keen about the job.

Any input appricated about this, it's not the end of the world but i'm just split in two about what to do.

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User currently offlineFr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5489 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1363 times:

Drop him (them) a note thanking them for the previous interview and express how you are looking forward to meeting them in the follow-up interview.


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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

The problem is that i dont have this guys email adress, i just have the email adress to the woman at the recruting firm (i am in regular contact with her) which i will be hired by if i get the job. The decision is in the hands of the guy at the company that hired the recruiting firm though and he's the one giving me the appointment. If i had his email adress i'd send him a note.

User currently offlineAirboeing From France, joined Apr 2005, 223 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

If you can contact this man directly (by phone or whatever), don't feel shy to do it : it won't be considered badly at all, it'll shows two things :
- that you are interested
- that you are determined

and those two things are seen as qualities in the employer's point of view... And you have nothing to lose by contacting them.

[Edited 2005-10-28 15:23:26]

[Edited 2005-10-28 15:24:36]


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User currently offlineStall From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Contact the guy and tell him that you have your own schedule to plan and your need his answer to do it.
He should understant it



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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

I just tried to call him but he seems to have left the office for the day (past 15:00 on a friday, i should have known). I'll call him up again on monday afternoon if i dont hear from him about the interview during the day.

Thanks for the input guys, i do realize that there is no harm in disturbing him.


User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1332 times:

Call them !

I experienced a similar situation earlier this week after my employment contract had not arrived last week as promised. The HR department was very friendly and explained the reasons for the delay to me and told when to expect the contract. They did not react negatively in any way to my enquiry.


User currently offlineLutenist From Canada, joined May 2005, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1327 times:

Call!

Every job I've landed, I've called the employer after the interview to ask whether they're interested. They gave me the position right on the phone. Sometimes the employer expects you to show the initiative.


User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1265 times:

I just want to update this thread and throw out another question for you guys out there that might care about this.

I called the supervisor this Monday and he was kind of surprised that i did, in a positive way. He just didn't get time to schedule my interview at first but when i called we agreed to a date, 14/11 to be precise. So next Sunday i will depart for Belgium to have this interview and spend a few days in Brussels and Ghent to get a picture of the place, but now i am faced with another question, namely that of what i should wear.

The thing is that if i get this job i will have to put my every last penny (and even more, i'll have to loan from my parents) to be able to move to Belgium and get things started there..obviously this is what i want but nevertheless it poses som problems for me.

I would like to get a new fresh suite to wear on this interview but as i am low on the finances and will be even lower if i get the job i really shouldn't spend my money on that....but then again, of course i want to make e good impression. I do have other nice clothes, ties and different jackets (the ones you wear as a suite if you couple them with proper pants, do you call that a jacket?) and jeans but i do not have a good complete suite. I know that i wont make a downright bad impression with those clothes but i do think i would make an even better one with a full suite.

What should i do? How important is it to be 100% formally dressed on an interview on this level? I should say that the job itself contains no visual contact with customers, the job is to primarily sit at a computer and phone and coordinate help to truckdrivers around europe that have gotten their equipment broken down. Volvo Action Service it's called.

As always i am thankful for any advice regarding this.

[Edited 2005-11-04 12:58:22]

User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1254 times:

Quoting Mika (Reply 8):
How important is it to be 100% formally dressed on an interview on this level?

It's important to dress as nicely as possible. You may not have to dress up in the job itself, but dressing up for the interview shows that you place a great deal of importance on this interview and that it deserves your very best appearance. It's kind of a "respect" thing.


User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1248 times:

Quoting 767Lover (Reply 9):
It's important to dress as nicely as possible. You may not have to dress up in the job itself, but dressing up for the interview shows that you place a great deal of importance on this interview and that it deserves your very best appearance. It's kind of a "respect" thing.

I understand this perfectly, i guess i'm just looking for an excuse not to spend all those money on a suite right now..ah crap. We'll see what i end up doing.


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12118 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
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Like the expression goes, "you only get one chance to make a first impression!" If you can not afford right now a new suit, do you have a friend or relative you could borrow one from? What about a resale shop, I have found some great buys there and people never know that is where what I am wearing came from someone else's closet?


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