It all doesn't simply "work out". I got this advice from a lot of people who tried to stay positive when I was struggling to hear back from my job applications. Their kind words were a way to sort of say, "Don't worry. You're applying for jobs and putting good vibes out there. It will all work out, and you'll get a job eventually."
Though it's nice to get this kind of support, the big thing I learned was that sometimes staying the course doesn't work out, and you need to actively change or improve the situation by any means necessary to give you better odds to succeed. I dive into how I improved my odds of getting to the phone interview more in this post: http://huttle.co/posts/CfG9h8wSzXNLqqzbw/one-quick-way-to-stand-out-in-an-interview.
But the key takeaway is this: if things aren't going the way you want, don't stand back and wait for things to work out. Go out and DO something to get the future you want.
If I could give you 10 upvotes, I would. This is the answer.
One more thing to add: I, too, did not start investing in my 401k until a bit later. I was making $42k at my first job in NYC and wanted to use all of it to pay for my rent and then go out and take part in the amazing nightlife. Unfortunately, what I realize now is that the best time to start investing in your 401k is...AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. I missed out on my company's 401k match, which meant I was leaving money on the table, and I put myself in a position where I could have a nest egg of almost $100k with all that sweet compound interest.
And, compound interest is a really tough concept to grasp, but here's a link that breaks down a few 401k scenarios, and it really illustrates how important it is for you to start as early as you can: http://www.businessinsider.com/compound-interest-retirement-funds-2014-3.
If you need anything, hit me back with a reply!
The best way to deliver a kickass response to this question is to research the person and company you're applying at and come up with personalized questions. That way you'll appear super insightful, and it shows the interviewer you put in the work.
Some potential lens I like to view through when coming up with these personalized questions would be:
- **What news articles can you find about this company? Do any of these news articles suggest a recent change in product or business direction? How might that affect your interviewer and this role?** This kind of question shows you researched the company and care about its success.
- **For the interviewer, what has their career journey been like so far? Did they leave any really cool companies to join this company? If so, why did they leave? ** This kind of question shows you looked into the interviewer, and the answer allows the interviewer to sell you on the company
- **If you're interested in growing at the company, find out if there is room for growth into XYZ division of the company/role?** The idea here is that lets say you're interested in PR but you also want to expand into product development then you can find out what your growth track might look like. Bonus, you also show the interviewer you're interested in long term contribution to the company.
1) After interviewing, I hope you sent a "Thank you" email that expressed your gratitude to meet with them and also touched on any of the weaker points during your interview. If you haven't done that yet, definitely include that in your check-in email.
2) I like to reach out in a week if I haven't heard back yet. I find that a few days after the interview is a bit too fast, but the interviewers might not remember you if you wait much longer than a week.
3) I've had situations where I didn't hear back fro 2 weeks on next steps because it was the summer, and many of the hiring managers were out of the office. This made it super difficult to schedule the next round of interviews. But, assuming things went well, usually hiring managers/talent management will follow up with next steps in a week.
Good luck and reply back if you need anything else!