Behind the Scenes of the Post Application Process: Second Interview to Offers Stage
Rene Cheng
Behind the Scenes of the Post Application Process:Second Interview to Offer Stage
Now that you have made it to the last article, you are probably dying to know what happens after the second interview with the hiring manager. Either you get assigned for a project or writing test, or you simply are just waiting for a call on whether you get hired or not. During this portion of the hiring process, be sure to send a thank-you email to the hiring manager for their time. We have talked about this multiple times as it is essential to ensure the hiring manager remembers who you are and leave a positive impression. So, now that you have sent that email, what happens behind the scenes of the hiring process? How do recruiters select the right candidate out of all the other candidates they have interviewed? How do the recruiter and hiring manager communicate with one another to decide on that one candidate? In this article, we will answer all of these questions for you in detail to have some expectations for the hiring process.  

Before we get started, let’s just put a disclaimer out there. The hiring process differs with different companies. Depending on the organization’s size, culture, and industry, they all differ from each other. Therefore, this is not the ONLY way for recruiters and hiring managers to decide on the right candidate. This article covers the general idea of how recruiters and hiring managers move on with their candidates to the next stage of the hiring process. 

Let’s get back to business. 
What happens during the interview? How does a hiring manager rank you? 
Now, every hiring managers have their style of ranking system for their interviewees. Some hiring managers may have scores for interviewees, while some hiring managers may simply take notes. Either way, your goal is to impress the hiring manager (of course).

Vivian Jiang, the Technical Recruiter at Hiretual, says that recruiters usually are the ones who check for soft skills while hiring managers look for hard skills. That’s the reason why sometimes hiring managers request a case study presentation, writing assignments, or others to examine the interviewee based on their experiences and skills. 

What makes the hiring manager want to hire you?
Well, this question is pretty straightforward. Your skills, professional skills, and eagerness to learn are reasons that contribute to the decision on why a hiring manager should hire you for the role. Therefore, there could be other variables as to why you should be hired. That’s why researching about the hiring manager, recruiter, and the company beforehand could benefit you in the long run throughout this job searching process. 

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How do recruiters and hiring managers communicate with each other to select the right candidate? 
Vivian mentions that every candidate moves forward with a different timeline based on when the candidate applies for the position. However, if the hiring team has interviewed enough candidates and found a strong candidate, the team must act fast. In recruitment, time is valuable; therefore, the longer you wait, the more chance you will lose a candidate. 

This may not be as useful for job seekers; however, think about it. Hiring teams usually finalize 3-5 candidates in the pipeline in the offer stage. Being in that 3-5 candidates pile may benefit job seekers, as you have had more interactions with the recruiter and the hiring manager. Why? If you happen not to get hired, you may reach out to them in the future because you were a strong candidate for the position, perhaps even an interview feedback. 
How long do recruiters usually allow candidates to sign the offer letter?
This is the final and last stage of the hiring process - sending out offers. The hiring process usually takes around two weeks and sometimes even up to 4 weeks for technical roles. Therefore, if the company needs a candidate quickly, recruiters like Vivian usually get the candidate to sign the offer letter within 24 hours. If the candidate needs a time extension, the candidate may need to communicate with the hiring manager and the recruiter to work around that. 

Final words for job seekers:
While every company has its policy on recruiting and selecting the right candidate for their job positions, the ground rule for recruitment is always finding the right fit for the position. Some candidates maybe not be a great fit, it does not mean they are bad. Therefore, don’t get discouraged if you were not selected at this time. Choosing suitable candidates comes down to different variables such as experiences, skills, industry knowledge, and even company culture fit. One door closes, another door opens. Try not to allow rejections to make you feel you are lost. Even though there may be times that you may not have the best experience with the interview process, it is always important to keep it professional. Avoid talking negatively about the company or anyone in the company as it may create a bad reputation for yourself. In addition, avoid posting on social media as it is not the best way to approach this situation. We all need one “yes,” and JobSeer is here to help you get your application to the “yes” pile. From the second interview to the decision stage, it takes time for recruiters and hiring managers to work around all the interviewees to make the final decision as it may be costly for the company to hire a new employee. If you are not selected at this time, try to keep a connection with the recruiter or the hiring manager so if another opportunity arises, you may reach out to them once again. 
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