HR Professional terminology

The HR executives are specialists at confusing and confounding their prospective employees. They use the most cryptic lingo ever and their stony expression does not make it any easier to understand them. So, we tell you what to make of some of their statements:

Our recruitments are on freeze:
Well, looks like you have applied to the wrong company. Because of recession, most companies have temporarily stopped hiring. Unfortunately you have hit one of them and your chances of finding a job in the said company are not only bleak but also negligible. Do not waste any more time and just start looking elsewhere. But, very often, HR managers take recourse to the recession excuse when they do not want to entertain you or when they want to politely turn you down. So in any case it is time for you to move on.

I will get back to you: For starters, remember that the HR professionals are not masters of their word, so don’t take them too seriously. There are equal chances of them not calling you ever again. When they say that they will get back to you, they actually need time to figure out with the department that you have applied to, whether you are deserving of the job. They also need to check whether they can pay you your desired salary. If they can, they will ‘get back to you’ otherwise your paper will languish a few days on their desk, then be used as rough paper and then be binned.

When you hear this line, please stop being greedy. The HR professional now wants you to strike a deal. If you are game, you have the job, if not the company is going to find a dozen more eligible candidates.

When can you join us: It is time to celebrate, as now it is more or less sure the company wants to hire you and the sooner you can come on board, the happier they will be. Make sure that you are realistic when asked this question. If you say six months, trust us you have jeopardized your chances of getting the job. Be honest about your notice period and reasonably tell the company about the same. Ask them if they would be willing to buy you out if they need you on an urgent basis. If not, figure out your life and your priorities.

Thanks for coming: It is just another way of saying get lost as fast as your legs can carry you. You have already amused us enough and if we spent another minute with you, our brains would probably explode. We suggest you take the cue and not show your face there again. Avoid bothering them with calls too because it is very likely that you will not be entertained.

When you appear for an interview, the only thing left to do is wait. The interview does not really quite reach an end till you have actually got the job. You need to reinforce your presence in the interviewer’s mind and that works best when you have a follow-up strategy in place. This is how you do it:

Alert your references:
If the interview goes well, this is a good time to alert your references if you have not done so already. The interviewer who is interested in hiring you is bound to contact at least one person from the list of contacts in your resume.

While a phone call immediately after an interview may be seen as a sign of desperation, it is advisable to give one about 10 days after the interview. Use the phone call to build a rapport and tactfully show your interest and your capabilities for the job.

The important thing to realize is that hiring is a big decision for any organization and it is likely to take time. Yet, if you have not heard from your prospective employers despite your regular follow-ups, you need to take a polite stand, call them and ask them for a deadline informing them that while you are very interested in the position, you are talking to other companies as well. If this doesn’t cut the ice, it’s time to move on. Remember not to get carried away with your follow-up or you won’t be hired for being a pain. Go to other companies for interviews so that when the time comes, you are the one prioritizing and making a decision.

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