“How long should I wait to hear from an employer about a pending job offer?”

Question: Hi, Alan. I received a job offer from a company in a middle eastern country which is very interesting. As you explained in your video, I have asked for more clarifications about the offer. It’s been 24 hours since I responded to the job offer, and have not yet heard back.

Can you tell me what I should do next?

         Colombo, Sri Lanka

Answer: Dear George: It’s good to know that people in your country are visiting our blog. I hope you find it helpful.

I suggest you get in touch with the person at the company who you are communicating with, and in your email or letter:

(a) ask them to confirm that they received your last communication, as sometimes letters and emails get lost;
(b) again tell them that you are most interested in the position and the offer;
(c) tell them you would like to move forward with the process of joining their team; and
(d) note that you would like to know when you can expect to hear from them in response.   

And don’t fret: the person who you are waiting to hear from may be on holiday, or out sick, or simply behind in his or her work, just like the rest of us at this time of the year.

Keep “the conversation” going, and keep your communications positive. There’s nothing better to do at this time.

Thanks for writing in. Hope this helps. Please let us know how you do. And do tell your friends in Sri Lanka about our blog.

          Best, Al Sklover   

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