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Signs That You Didn’t Get the Drug and Alcohol Counselor Job

Sitting around and worry about whether you got that drug and alcohol counselor job that you recently interviewed for? There are a few ways to determine your chances of landing that job before the call comes in, or fails to.

Signs That You Didn’t Get the Drug and Alcohol Counselor Job

Unfortunately, it’s become very commonplace for job candidates to never hear back from employers or hiring managers about the status of an application or hiring process. This is part irresponsible and part understandable.   It’s irresponsible because it’s simply good business practice to follow up with people who give you their time and apply for a position with your company.  It’s understandable for two reasons.  One is that the number of applicants for every open position has gone through the roof in recent years and hiring managers simply don’t have the time to keep up and fill these positions.  Another is that, with all of the layoffs that have been occurring, there have also been cut backs in personnel departments, meaning there are less people the same, or even more, work.

So, all that being said, if you have recently applied and interviewed for a drug and alcohol counselor job, how can you get a clue as to whether you are in the running for it or not?  Well, here are some clues that may let you know that you’re not:

  • Your resume and cover letter were not perfect.  This means that there were no spelling or grammar mistakes on either.  If there were, you drug and alcohol counselorlikely never made it to the interview phase so don’t expect any calls.
  • Your interview was shorter than scheduled or expected.  This means that it may have been cut short because you were not as expected.  Sorry.
  • No notes.  Good, and interested, interviewers take notes.  If your interviewer writes nothing down, they are not going to call you back.
  • You weren’t prepared for the interview.  If you were asked to bring something to the interview and didn’t bring it, forget about getting hired.   If answers to questions seem off the cuff or ill-prepared, don’t expect a hiring manager to show much confidence in you either.
  • Being late for the interview.  This is never ok and shows that you are not dependable.
  • The interviewer is unfocused or distracted.  If the interviewer is looking at his phone, his watch, his email or the birds on the ledge, this is a huge red flag that he is just counting the minutes until he can get you out of his office.  Don’t expect a call back.
  • No timetable is given.  If the interviewer doesn’t want to commit to a hiring timetable or explain the hiring process, consider that you will not be involved in this at all.
  • Career Advice.  If the hiring manager gives you career advice or ideas on where else you should apply for jobs, this is a clear indication that you will not be working for them anytime soon.  They may even go so far as to suggest a different career path.

Job interviews can be fun, stressful and sometimes just downright awful.  Don’t let a bad one like this derail your search for that great drug and alcohol counselor job.

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