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What Does It Mean When Employees Say They Will Keep You In Mind?

Savvy Community: Will They Really "Keep Me in Mind"?

This question was shared by SavvySugar reader TiaraMH in the Ask Savvy group.

I recently interviewed with a company that I was really excited about. The interview went great, and lasted for at least 45 minutes (which I'm told is a good thing). But, about two weeks after the interview, they called to say that they offered the position to someone else. Before hanging up, my interviewer told me that she'd really enjoyed our interview and thinks they have some positions that may be available in the upcoming months that she'd like to keep me in mind for. I think that would be awesome, as I'm still really interested in working with the company, but is this something I might actually be able to count on or could she have just been BSing???

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OriginalPoster OriginalPoster 6 years
That's how I got the job I have now - a friend had sent them my resume for a position he thought would be good for me and he had a connection in the company. The company called me and told me they didn't think I was a good fit for that position, but they really liked my resume and would "keep me in mind" for other positions. I thought that was it, and kept looking for other jobs but about six weeks later they called me for an interview and I got the job.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
It does happen. I interviewed for a job and didn't get it but a few months later they called that they created a position for me. By then I already found a job that I liked but it was a good feeling. You may want to send the interviewer a quick email every month or so to remind her who you are and that you are still interested, just don't over do it!
bingbingboom bingbingboom 7 years
Hi, I know it sounds untrue for companies to actually "keep you in the file", but I was actually called back when the original position I applied for was filled. Then I interviewed again for a different position in the same department and got the job. So there is hope! Like lauren said, keep up with their job listings if you are really interested in the company.
brilliance13 brilliance13 7 years
You should definitely keep searching but I do think that the interviewer would not say that to you if she didn't have other positions that "may" open up later. It's very possible since hiring fluctuates, there is always the possibility of attrition and depending on the company's budgeting cycle, they may be able to work in more FTEs for hire after budgeting. I would take it as a good sign. I would not say something like that unless there was truly the possibility that a spot might open up. You might not have made the cut in this pool of candidates but there's a definite chance that if another position opens up, you might be the top one in mind for this employer. Good Luck!
OliviaNewton OliviaNewton 7 years
My (hopefully optimism-inducing) story: I cold-inquired at a bunch of schools where I wanted to teach English before I moved to a new city. I rolled into town, confident about being able to land a job (I had a couple leads). Keep in mind I made my inquiries about two months before I moved. One director said they had all the teachers they needed for the program, but two months later -- my first full day in my new city -- I received an email from her asking if I was in town and still looking. The next day we had a phone interview and I got the job. So no, it's not always b.s. Go with your gut, but remember: sometimes a hiring choice is a tough one, and if you're blown away by the runner-up, you're going to remember them too and make your next employee-search that much easier on yourself.
lauren lauren 7 years
That is tough! I would say if you are really interested in the company, continue to keep an eye out for possible open positions and continue to apply, etc. Just to make sure, they don't forget about you! Keep looking, you will find something!
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