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Show your flexibility by assuring the hiring manager that lobster is acceptable, as long as it's organic.

"Do respond in a timely fashion" is another of author McCord's rules. If you are offered the job, don't embarrass yourself by accepting immediately. You don't want to appear to be as desperate as you really are. While the author suggests a 24-hour waiting period, I recommend 24 days. At that point, you can explain that you have so many offers, you're carefully mulling the pros and cons of each one.

Handle this correctly and the hiring manager will soon be sending a muffin basket to you.

If the worst happens and you never do hear from the hiring manager, McCord suggests you "do move on graciously." In other words, no graffiti scrawled on the hiring manager's parking place and no holding your breath until you turn red. It is possible that the hiring process is just taking longer and you're still in the running. It's also possible that a Martian nabbed the job with its ability to keyboard with six hands.

It is OK, according to McCord, to follow-up after one or two weeks with a calm email that explains your continued interest in the position. Point out that the possibility of not getting the job has nothing to do with your decision to quit your job, abandon your family, and live out the rest of your days as a Mary Kay salesperson in Tristan da Cunha.

"Don't drive yourself crazy" is the final piece of advice.

Uh-oh! Too late!

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Bob Goldman was an advertising executive at a Fortune 500 company, but he finally wised up and opened Bob Goldman Financial Planning in Sausalito, California. He now works out of Bellingham, Washington. He offers a virtual shoulder to cry on at bob@bgplanning.com. To find out more about Bob Goldman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

 

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