Long drawn silence: what if the employer doesn't call back after the interview
- Shall I do anything at all in this case?
- When shall I call the employer and what shall I say?When shall I call the employer and what shall I say?
LONG-DRAWN SILENCE. WHAT IF THE EMPLOYER DOESN’T CALL BACK AFTER THE INTERVIEW…
You’ve sent an application, you’ve been to an interview – and the employer has disappeared. You’ve got no definite answer and now you’re like being on the hook – you’re not quite sure what to do, “Shall I write? Shall I call? Shall I go on waiting?”
STOP WAITING, IT’S TIME TO ACT.
But not at once.
What is the generally accepted period of time before you should start writing/ calling/ staging a strike at the company entrance/ waylaying the HR who has interviewed you?
You can feel free to wait up to 3-5 days. You can wait even more if:
- You’ve taken several interview steps;
- You’ve taken different sorts of tests;
- You’ve done a test job.
In all these cases the employer needs some time to digest the information and to make a decision. Give him a chance to do so.
What shall I do after the generally accepted period of time has expired?
IN CASE YOU’VE GOT A TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE PERSON WHO CAN GIVE YOU A DEFINITE ANSWER – DON’T HESITATE TO CALL. THAT’S THE BEST WAY TO FIND EVERYTHING OUT.
Ask, if it’s convenient for the person to talk. If yes, tell that you’d like to know the results of the interview (interviews, test, test job etc.) as this position is very interesting/ important for you. Don’t forget to add that if the decision isn’t made yet you’re ready to wait, but you’d like to know when approximately you can get the answer. You can also write a letter of the same contents.
Why is a long pause not a good idea?
C’est la vie! It might happen that the employer hasn’t received the test job results yet – and you think that your work was no good. The employer might have simply forgotten about you if the vacancy isn’t an urgent one. In this case the idea of drawing attention again to you in a polite way would be not only good, but it might tip the beam.
How much persistence shall I show after the interview?
Enough to make the employer understand – you do want this job. Not that much to make him think, “This must be his/ her last chance, this can serve the good turn when discussing the salary”. Only you can define how much active and persistent you should be depending on the situation.
Remember to ask a question right after the interview, “When and how will I get the results?” But if you’ve failed to ask don’t grow silent. Don’t forget that other more active job-seekers might get over you.
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