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What to do when you’re waiting to be shortlisted

What to do when you’re waiting to be shortlisted

You’ve finally hit send on your job application, now what?

I worked with a CEO candidate who wondered the same thing. Where did she focus her attention and what could she do while she waited for the recruiting company to assess her candidacy? Here are a few points that came out of our discussion.

Focus your attention on this opportunity

Prepare questions for your recruiter

Do your homework

Consider your blind spots

Assess your competition

Identify how your candidacy will outperform your competitions’

Address “your greatest weakness” questions first

Devise a strategy for your next steps in the selection process

Organize and begin your interview preparation

Stop overanalyzing

Reinforce your candidacy to yourself. Grow your confidence

Prepare your references (if you haven’t already)

Consider when to leverage your network

Design persuasive arguments for why the organization should put their trust in you

After I shared this post on Linkedin a number of executive recruiters, staffing consultants and career professionals weighed in. Here are some BONUS tips to consider if you’re waiting to be shortlisted.

  • Study the advisory board members profiles.  Sarah Johnston
  • Until you have signed on the dotted line, the job search is not over. Keep searching, applying, and interviewing. Karen Silins
  • Thoroughly research the key business objectives of the company. Ana Lokotkova
  • never lose hope, always be yourself, and stay positive!  Chris Lonas
  • Work with an expert for a mock interview. J.C Okere
  • Set aside time for a breather. It’s health to take small breaks to recharge. Adrienne Tom

Related Categories: Client Questions & Answers, Interview Strategy, Job Search

About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.

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