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Shall I call up the company to see if there's any chance of an interview?
posted on Monday, 15 March 2010 15:07

I have nearly 5 years experience in the Import and Export industry. The story is that when I quitted from my previous company, I got contacted by one of the cooperating factory (office in HK) asking me if I am interested to work with them. Since my previous company and the factory have cooperated for a long time; I don't hope to bring up any misunderstanding issue between all the 3 parties (me, previous company, factory); I have nicely refused their offer for a few times. They kept offer better and I didn't know how to refuse anymore and accepted, they asked me to start on 22 Mar.

Their office is far away from my home, which is something that I concern a lot. As soon as I accepted their offer on 11 Mar, the next day I saw an opening from one of my favourite company, they are hiring the same position with the same benefit PLUS they are so close to my home. I immediately sent my resume and now waiting for feedback. Among the factory and my favourite company, I deeply know that I prefer the latter much better. I have only one week time before I start working in that factory, today is only the second day I sent my resume to my favourite company, shall I call them up to see if they can offer my a chance of interview?

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Posted Tuesday, 23 March 2010 10:11 PM

I support you to call them. If you do not like the company that you have already accepted their offer, you will suffer and eventually you will leave that company soon. You will waste your time and it is not fair to that company too. So, just call that company to find out whether you got an interview or not

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Posted Tuesday, 16 March 2010 05:02 PM

I agree with Career Doctor that leekm2202
has some attitude problems. Not only this, but also some problems with his/her way of thinking. He/She thinks that if one companies is chasing after him/her, he/she will also be valuable to other companies. What makes he/she think so? Be realistic, there are numerous competitors out there in the market looking for the same job!

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Career Doctor  
Posted Tuesday, 16 March 2010 01:49 PM

I don't like your attitude! You're sounding as if you were forced to take up this position, which is really wrong! It's your career you're talking about, who but YOU should be held responsible? If you don't like the job, you simply shouldn't accept it, but when they keep offering you better terms, you did. No more excuse to refuse? Who are you trying to fool? If you did express clearly and reacted coldly and firmly that you have no interest no matter how good the offer would they still be "chasing" you?

How big is HK? I can't comprehend why working distance close or far from your home is such an important factor to consider in the first place. It's a bonus, yes of course, if so happen it's near to where you live, but it's also a privilege where most of us the majority of the working population don't! How about the office "was" closed to where you live when you join, but the management decides to move to another place afterwards? Do they need your prior consent? Are you going to quit cause the office is no longer near and convenient to where you live?

By saying "Yes" it's a commitment, especially this company has been "chasing" you increasing their offer to get you, you at the least owe them a good try, don't you? You need to change your mindset otherwise adopting such a way of thinking and attitude is going to kill you one day, it's a suicidal act.

Whether you should call your favourite company to ask? Hey, cool down man, you haven't even been shortlisted and invited for interview, who can you call to follow up? And in what position for you to make that call? What are you going to tell them if you're lucky or unlucky enough to be offered an interview? What are you going to say? Are you going to tell them about your new job? If you do, how and what are you going to say to explain in a most decent and discreet manner why you're still looking? If you don't, these two companies are in the same industry, what if someone knows or either party does find out at a later stage you've indeed accepted an offer? It's your integrity and ethics at stake, you better be careful!

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Razlan Manjaji
Posted Monday, 15 March 2010 10:47 PM

To start off, remember that an employment is for the mutual benefits of both the employer and the employee. The employer leverages on the skills set and experience of the employee, and the employee gets rewarded in both job satisfaction and financially.

Get it?

Now think about the "probation period" of your contract. Usually that ranges from one month to three months. During these period, "both employer and employee can terminate the contract by giving a notice of" either one day to one week.

The probation period, obviously, gives the employer a chance to see their new hire in action, to gauge if he or she can indeed contribute to the company. What employees miss out mostly is that, the probation period also gives you the chance to evaluate of the company is a place you like to work at.

I would say, report to your new job, but keep that second option open. If the latter works out, then play according to the contract and give due notice.

The question, then, is how you can address possible concern from the second company on why you "jump ship" not long after taking up the new job, but that is probably an answer to another Career Doctor post :)

Good luck!

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