Career Advice Tuesday – “On Second Thought”
July 24, 2012
Currently I am an Chief Information Security Officer at a medium size company. About a month ago, I engaged in an interview process to be a CISO at a much larger company, and I was offered the position. The role was quite appealing, but after some deliberation with my family, we decided that the location was not going to be right for us, so I called the hiring manager (CIO) and told them that I would have to decline.
He understood, but he was obviously disappointed and a little frustrated.
Well, time has passed and I just can’t seem to get the opportunity out of my head. I really think that it was a very good career move, the money was good, the relocation package was solid, and my husband has become more receptive to the idea, finding certain elements of the location that would appeal to him both personally and professionally.
My question to you would be how could I reengage them? Is it possible? Have a ruined my chances?
“On Second Thought”
Dear “Second Thought”:
The answer to your question is – “No, you have not ruined your chances” and “Yes, it is possible to reengage them, and due to the reasons that you provided, and the way you have handled it (as stated), it may be welcomed.
How you reengage them is important, so here are some steps to follow:
1) Inform your source of introduction. If you worked with a recruiter, you need to let them know, as they may have some more knowledge on the current status of the search. They also may be able to get a better feel for how the company really felt about your original decline of their offer.
2) Call the hiring manager directly. I am a big believer in going to the source. The fact that you called the hiring manager to decline the offer, should work to your advantage this way – as it created a communication channel. When you call them, make sure that you explain to them that the reason for changing your mind is that your family is now receptive to the move, and that was the only reason you declined the role in the first place. Explain to them why they have come around, and you can include something like : “My husband knew that I wanted this job, and it has all that I have talked about since I declined. He is fully supportive.”
3) Do not renegotiate anything: You lost this privilege when you declined the offer, so do not even attempt to do so, as this will take away all good feeling. (Conversely, if they contacted you to reengage, you may have some leverage – but in this case you don’t.)
4) Give them a quick start date. Let them know that you could be out there in three weeks or less. This will show them you are serious, and ready to go.
Sometimes many of the best career decisions have been the result of an elongated decision making processes. Give yourself some credit for rethinking your original decision.
Let me know how it turns out. Hope this helps.