Q. It sounds like I’m going to get a job offer — the first three interviews went really well, they’re checking references and they told me I’m their top choice. But that was two weeks ago. Should I follow up? What else can I do?
A. Congrats, it sounds like you’re in the home stretch — however, not to rain on your parade, but until you get that job offer, it’s not a sure thing.
Continue looking for jobs, apply to opportunities as soon as you see them online, continue networking — do what you’ve been doing. Don’t assume this job is a lock; not to be a pessimist, I just wouldn’t want you to assume it’s happening, completely stop your job search and what if they really want to extend an offer but suddenly they’re on a hiring freeze? Keep looking for a job until you get a new one.
Also, yes, you can follow up just to check in and show interest, but the reality is if they’re going to extend an offer they would definitely reach out to you. Anything can be happening behind the scenes like budgets in flux, an internal employee pursuing it (doesn’t mean they’ll get it, but they should still get the courtesy interview), etc. It’s all out of your control, so instead, focus on what you can control — looking for a new job.
Q. I accidentally put my laptop in the overhead bin and someone accidentally crushed it with their carry-on bag. It’s demolished. My boss says I need to pay to replace it because I was careless. Shouldn’t they pay because it’s company equipment?
A. Sorry to hear that happened. It was probably surprising and upsetting. Technically, yes it’s company material and the company should pay. It’s the same way if it needed to be repaired at the office, you’d go to your own help desk and not have to pay out of pocket to an external third party.
But I don’t know the logistics of your company, if perhaps it’s a startup, etc. with information in your offer letter about equipment. But again, technically, it’s a company laptop, company cost. To further your case, if it occurred on a business trip that’s a necessity for work. If, however, you returned from vacation and the question is why did you bring your work laptop during vacation when you weren’t planning to work remotely, that could be a slightly different story.
Speak to your boss again. You may need to loop in HR, but I would push them to pay for it. And then next time you fly, aim to put it at your feet instead of the overhead.
Vicki Salemi is a career expert, former corporate recruiter, author, consultant, speaker, and career coach. Send your questions to [email protected]/Tribune News Service