What “Following-up” Really Means

In the past few months I have had a lot people ask for my advice on various interview scenarios. Each scenario is unique because even though a recruiter asks the same interview questions to all the candidates, the candidates and their responses are all different. Saying that, I find myself giving out the same feedback to a lot of the people who ask for my help; don’t forget to follow-up.

Standing out from the Rest

Following-up after an interview is SO important. Recruiters usually interview 5-6 candidates for each open vacancy. If you happen to be the first candidate that the panel or hiring manager/recruiter sees than how are you going to make sure that they remember you over the others. Even if you are the last candidate they see, how are you going to make sure that they know that you are the best and most qualified candidate?

People seem to forget that a job interview does not begin in a small conference room. It can start with a phone interview and it definitely starts when you walk into the building and say “Good Morning” to the receptionist. So when does a job interview end? The formal interview portion of it does end after the 30, 45 or 60 minute meeting where the candidate meets the hiring manager and gets asked common interview questions. When you’re thanked for coming in and you’re walked out the door the interview is still not over. It’s not over until you either receive a job offer or receive a rejection letter.

What NOT to Do

When I asked a few of my clients if they follow-up after an interview and what they actually did I was shocked by the results. A little less than half said they never really follow-up and just wait to hear back from the recruiter and the rest either send a Thank you note or call the recruiter a week later and ask if the role has been filled.

My clients have told me two very important things. First, people don’t want to annoy the recruiter by harassing them after the interview and Second, people don’t want to look desperate so contacting the recruiter and telling them that they really want the job is just out of the question. Following-up can be a thin line but this thin line is actually not that thin and scary when you follow-up correctly.

Following-up DOES NOT mean that you call the recruiter and ask them if the the job has been filled. What happened to your confidence?! This question is horrible and I want everyone to stop using it. If you came in for an interview you exuded confidence, were prepared, calm and professional. By following-up and just asking if the job has been filled shows that you are pretty sure that you did not get the job because you suck and that you’re not surprised that you didn’t get the job because you didn’t deserve it. What kind of message is that to give a recruiter?!

Stand out: A person or thing of exceptional ability or high quality-Wikipedia

The Right Way

The fact is that a recruiter wants to hear from you. We know that candidates almost never turn down an interview and in this economy apply for any full-time job. This being said, we (recruiters) have a hard job on our hands; figuring out which candidates are genuinely interested in the job and who will not just quit when a better opportunity comes around.

So how do we (recruiters) figure out the duds from the stars? Well, I personally try to relate and befriend each candidate. I talk to them from the first hand shake at the reception area, in the elevator, in the hallway and when I walk them out of the room, down the hallway, in the elevator and in the reception area again. I genuinely want to find the best candidate for the job, not just the person who has all the right qualifications (because I already knew that from the resume) but the person who sees this job as a great opportunity and it will be a great step in their career.

Thank You Notes

I love receiving Thank you notes after an interview and even though in almost all of my posts I ALWAYS stress to send Thank you emails the reality is that most people just don’t. It’s like going on great date and then never talking to that person again. If you are interested in that person you would call them right? Well, if you’re interested in the role then you need to call and tell the recruiter that. Yes, it should go both ways but a recruiter needs the feedback from everyone in the panel who have to decide between a few candidates and this can take a few days so while they are deciding why not be an ACTIVE candidate and stand out by following-up.

Hopefully, after the interview the recruiter gave you a timeline when you should hear from them regarding the decision. So you should send a Thank you email to all the people in the interview panel (refer to them by name in the email if you only have the recruiters email and ask the recruiter to forward the email on to the rest of the panel) a day after your interview. A few days before the day you should hear from the recruiter send another follow-up email.

Be Friendly

This is where befriending the recruiter is key. You have hopefully learned that you have something in common with the recruiter or hiring manager and this is the time to remind them that you are not only the perfect candidates as your resume and interview state but that you are a cool person to hang out with and sit/work beside for 8 hours a day for 365 days 🙂 If you haven’t really learned anything personal about the recruiter or anyone in your panel that you can relate to try to search on Google Plus, LinkedIN, Twitter, About.me, and a general Google search should help you.

Remember when you’re leaving an interview with the recruiter to be very friendly and ask them what how they plan on spending their summer? or if you revealed that you love dogs and have a pet why not ask them if they do. The point is you’re trying to get some information from them that you can then mention in your follow-up email. When you relate to another person it makes that person think that they know you and recruiters/hiring managers like to hire people that they can relate to and that they like.

At the End of the Day

You’re main objective is getting a job but you are also trying to show the interview panel and the recruiter that you are a normal person who would be a fun (not annoying) person to hang out with for 8 hours of the day. Obviously you first want to make sure that you prove that you have the experience and have the skills to do the job. Once you accomplished that then try to relate and get to know your panel/recruiter and see if you have anything in common. If you don’t get the job you might befriend a recruiter and add valuable people to your network, which are not bad things to happen 😉

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51 thoughts on “What “Following-up” Really Means

  1. Jose Ramos
    October 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

    This is an awesome website Dorothy! Thank you for doing this. I have a question about following-up though.

    I was interviewed by a company here on my college campus and then I was interviewed by them again on the phone last week. Tomorrow, thursday, it will be a whole after that and I haven’t heard anything at all from them. I ask the recruiter on the phone what the ETA would be but he didn’t give me one. And the problem is that I have a deadline (a fulltime offer from another company). So I was wondering, should I email them on Thursday and tell them about the deadline? (I forgot to mention it on the interview itself). if so, how do I go about it? Or what should I do exactly?

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate your time!

  2. October 20, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Hi Jose,
    I’m going to assume it’s been a whole week since your phone interview with the company. Ok, first you need to decide on which role you want. Honestly I don’t think you got this job because it’s been a week and you have not heard from anyone but I also don’t know what exactly the recruiter said when you asked them about the ETA. I would not email them but I would call them. They may not respond to your email right away and you have to get back to the other company if you want to accept the full time job. I would just call them (or email if you prefer) and just state that it’s been a week since your phone interview and you were wondering if the company needed anymore information from you. You are very interested in the role and working with that company but you have received another offer and again you are very interested in this role so before getting back to the other company you would like to know where you stand. Be very polite on the phone and on email so it doesn’t sound like an ultimatum or anything. This is why I like the phone even if you have to leave a message. Hope that helps and enjoy this situation because you may have two job offers to consider and this doesn’t happen to often 😉 Good Luck!

  3. Jose Ramos
    October 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Hello Dorothy,

    THank you very much for getting back to me so quickly. I will definitely be contacting them later today. Now one other question,lets say I do get an offer from them as well but the salary is less than the other offer. Yet I am more interested in them. How do I go about to let them know that the other offer that I have is actually a little bit higher and I was wondering if they could perhaps match it? I don’t want to get ahead of myself….but just want to be prepared!

    Thank you again!

  4. October 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Jose,
    It depends on what you mean when you say “A little bit higher”. You can never really match a part-time job with a full-time job salary and no company will give you a more money just because you say that another company is offering you more. When your negotiating for more money you need to justify it with your experience or skills.

  5. Jose Ramos
    October 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Hello Dorothy,

    Again thanks for the quick reply. It would actually be a full time offer, both of them. I am actually in college right now, soon to graduate.

    Regards!

  6. Tiffany
    October 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    I applied for a job in higher education that had been open since May 2011. Two weeks after applying, I was notified by email to come in for an interview. I thought the interview went well, we took the whole allotted time and the conversation flowed. At the end of the interview, she said that she had to interview a couple more candidates and that she was still deciding what kind of follow-up interview process would look like. That same day of the interview, she sent an email and asked me back for a second interview with the rest of the office staff (6 other members).

    The second interview went pretty much the same as the first. However , at the end of this interview one of the staff members said “well it could take anywhere from 2 weeks-3 months, we just started this process ( contrary to what the manager said-the position has been open since May and it was September they “NEEDED to find someone”).” Then another staff member said, ” but if you are offered the position are you ready to start”. (of course I said yes) So I was very confused at that final exchange.

    I sent a thank you email after both interviews and here is the last exchange we had:
    “Hi Tiffany:

    Thank you for your email. I’ve shared it with the staff and will be in contact.

    Lori”

    Tomorrow it will be a week since that response and two weeks since interview. Is there hope?

  7. October 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Tiffany,
    It looks like all 6 or 7 members need to agree/like the new hire and they were thinking right that it would take 2 weeks-3 months to find the ‘perfect’ candidate. I find getting a few people to agree is difficult but getting 6-7 members to agree would be like herding cats 😉 They had to tell you that it would take that long and ask you if you can start right away because they all haven’t had a chance to debrief yet. Once you leave they will all find out what each of them thought of you. I think it’s actually a great sign that they asked you if you could start right away. I bet they do want to fill the position badly so keep your hopes up. Did they ask for references? I would wait until mid week and contact the first person you interviewed with and ask them for an update. Remember to be polite and professional and make sure to emphasis your fit in the role and with the team. Good Luck and remember to stay positive.

  8. Tiffany
    October 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you so much for your response. I will send an update!

  9. Jose Ramos
    October 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Hey Dorothy,

    I emailed them last week like you suggested, yet I haven’t heard anything back. They haven’t even replied to my last email.

    Today is two weeks since the second interview and a week since my email. I was wondering, should I email them again today or just wait?

    Thanks a lot!

  10. October 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Jose,
    You can definitely try contacting them again but because a lot of time has passed since your interview I think you did not get the job. I hope I’m wrong. Good Luck!

  11. Jose Ramos
    October 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Hey Dorothy,

    You were right. I emailed them yesterday (thursday) and they replied saying I didn’t get the job.

    Thanks a lot for your time and help!

  12. Joy
    November 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    I really like your website. I was just discerning whether to send my recruiter an email or not when I found your site. 🙂 Great website!

    I’d like to seek your advise regarding my current recruitment status. According to the recruiter (a VP for HR), that my recruitment is in process. It has been already a month since he emailed me about that. I don’t want to sound too desperate and I am not sure if it is appropriate to email him considering that he’s an executive. Another barrier is the cultural aspect since I am not sure if it is rude to follow-up for French people. I just want to know where I stand.

    Please advise 🙂 It will help me a lot.

  13. November 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Joy,
    A month is a very long time. I would definitely contact the recruiter and ask for an update. If they give you the same response ask them when they ideally hope to fill the role. Keep in mind that if you’ve applied for a job that is not in your state, province, or country it will be more difficult to not just get hired but have your resume/cover letter even read. Good Luck!

  14. Kandice
    November 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Hello Dorothy,

    I recently had a recruiter say “We want to find you another option, you will hear from us soon” I also got positive feedback. Could I be waiting for the train that never comes? Also, how long should I wait before following up?

  15. November 11, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Hi Kandice,
    Yes this sounds like the recruiter was just being nice but to test it the only thing you need to do is keep an eye on the job board and when you see a role you are interested in contact the recruiter right away. Ask them what they think – would you be a good fit with the team? with the manager? etc. If they are really trying to ‘find you another option’ then they should step up and get you an interview for the role. You don’t want to keep bugging the recruiter when you need to be stay active and keep an eye on there job board. Hope that helps.

  16. Valencia
    November 14, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    Thank you so much for this post! It really helps.

    I do have a question in regards to the general interviewing process. Assuming that (maybe) in two weeks, I received a rejection letter, how can I still keep in contact with the recruiters?
    I am willing to retry my chance for an interview sometimes in the next quarter (career fair at my college), and try to make a connection again with the same recruiter. I’m pretty sure he will remember me in three months. How can I go on about introducing/explaining myself again to him (when I see him face-to-face)? He pretty much knows about me from this first try.

    Thank you,

    Valencia

  17. November 14, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Hi Valencia,
    First I would ask for feedback on your interview and tips on how you can improve. Then I would send the recruiter a thank you letter (via snail mail or email) re-introducing yourself (as it maybe a few weeks or a month since they have spoken to you) and remind them that you were interviewed for X role but unfortunately you were not hired. Even though you are disappointed that you were not chosen you are still very interested in working with the company and hope that they will think of you when another similar role opens up. You can also state that you look forward to seeing the recruiter at future job fairs and so when you do see the recruiter at a job fair you can re-introduce yourself and I bet they will remember you. Keep your eye on the job board and be familiar with the types of roles that they are hiring for and do as much research on the company as you can. Keep informed on what the company is doing and be an active job seeker. Good luck.

  18. M.SHUKARNO BIN SHAREEF
    February 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Dorothy!

    amazing Write up.

    I must say.

    cheers.

  19. February 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Thanks M. Shukarno

  20. PC
    February 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Dorothy:

    I had a wonderful interview with a panel of three. I followed up appropriately and have been in constant contact with the recruiter, letting her know that I am always available and can always provide additional information… It is an all around good vibe. I sent formal “thank you” emails to all individuals involved in the process.

    I was told that the process has been completed and that I should hear very early next week… maybe Monday.

    This morning I was thinking of sending the panel another short email with my “final thoughts” on the role as presented.

    Do you think this would seem to desperate or tacky? In my mind, it wouldn’t hurt to let them know, on a more personal level, how I feel about the job. Something like… “Now that the process has been completed I wanted to share some final thoughts as you begin the decision making on placement….”

    Your thoughts?
    Thanks!

  21. February 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Hi PC,
    I would not send another short email with your “final thoughts” on the role. It honestly adds no value and can definitely make you look desperate or tacky.

  22. Valerie
    September 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Hi, I had an interview last week on August 28th the interviewer told me while she was shaking my hand that she will contact me in 5-7 business days. So it’s been a week already. The day of the interview she sent me a background check through my email and I instantly emailed her back with the information. I just now sent her a follow up email saying thanks and that I hope I will be considered for the job. After reading your input I feel as if I won’t be called back or even considered. Do you think I will get the job?!

  23. September 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Valerie,
    I wish it was that easy and I could say that you will get the job or that you won’t. The fact that they ran a background check on you is a good thing. The fact that they are taking a long time isn’t but sometimes background check companies aren’t that quick. Ideally I would have loved for someone to have contacted you with some update so the fact that you haven’t heard from anyone isn’t great. At the end of the day you followed up and right now you just need to be patient. I don’t know how your interview went so I can’t say whether you got the job or not but you are doing everything right so far. Good Luck and I hope you hear from someone soon.

  24. Valerie
    September 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Thank you Dorothy,
    I really appreciate you taking some time out of your day to respond back. I was wondering if maybe it was taking. While because it’s for the Casino as to which why it’s taking so long to get a response back. I’m just going to hang in there and hope for the best. Thank you very much for your advice. (:

  25. Sarah
    September 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    Thanks a lot for the advice on following up. I have a question and was hoping you could kindly share your thoughts on this. I went for a interview last week which is for a role exactly the same as I am currently doing, I have the experience they’re looking for. I don’t live in the city where the company is located and since I was visiting for a few days they wanted to take advantage of hatchet and squeeze all te stages over few days. The first interview was with the hiring manager and hr manager and it went very well. Straight after I got a call from hr asking me about my thoughts and how felt the interview went and he told me they received very positive feedback and would like me to come in the following day to meet the rest of the team. I went and had another very good interview and then met with hr who asked me salary expectations…etc. well the next morning I received an email asking me what how I felt about the interview and what was my feedback and they told me they will keep me updated. I stayed in touch with hr who kept telling me they haven’t received a decision from the team yet and they will keep me updated. Well today Friday I called hr who told me that they had an interview yesterday with another candidate, I knew there were two of us running for the job but seems that candidate wasn’t able to come in for his final round until yesterday. Hr told me that they haven’t received feedback on the other candidate as well and they are hoping to get a decision by Monday or Tuesday. From speaking hr I got v positive feedback but I am getting abit nervous and unsure. They tend to be slow in responding and even scheduling the first interview took a while given how busy the directors of the firm are, so in a way I didn’t expect a swift decision, what do you think my chances are?

    Thanks

  26. September 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Hi Sarah,
    I think your chances are very good. Saying that, I do believe that companies prefer to hire someone that is local over someone that is not. It all depends on the company and how comfortable they felt with you. I hope you send a thank you email and if not it’s never too late. Feeling a bit nervous and unsure is very normal at this stage but unfortunately you just need to be patient. I have a good feeling about this so stay positive and I hope you hear from them soon.

  27. Sarah
    September 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Thanks so uch for your prompt response dorothy. I am relocating to that city so I will be working there one way or another. I really hope so, I just don’t understand why they keep interviewing other candidates if they liked one? I sent thank you notes and reiterated my interest and just waiting now.

  28. September 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Even if they think you’re the best they want to interview other candidates so they can make sure that you are the best. Stay positive and I hope you hear from them soon.

  29. Sarah
    October 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you Dorothy. I called hr today to check if they had any updates and he told me that they haven’t heard yet. He said he followed up in the morning but the hiring manager is been busy traveling and having lots of meetings. So the positive thing is that they haven’t decided. This is not an urgent hire for them as they have been looking for some time. I really want this job and I think I have a good chance given that I interviewed well and the feedback was positive. What do you think I should do now? I did send the hiring manager a thank you note reiterating my interest and my suitability for the role. Now I am not sure what to do to emphasis this, I wish I could get in touch with him and tell him how much I want the job without sounding desperate. I am not desperate since I have a good job now but this role regardless of pay is what I have been looking for and will be a good push forward for me. How do I go about this? Shall I send him another email?

  30. October 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    There’s not much you can do but just wait. I wouldn’t email him again. I’m sure they know that you are very interested in the job. If you don’t hear from them by Friday I would contact them on Monday for an update. Good Luck!

  31. Anjail Akbar
    October 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    I submitted a cover letter and resume on 10/28, received a call on 11/1 informing me that I would receive a call in a couple of days for a telephone interview and I haven’t received the call, today is 11/5.

    How should I proceed?

  32. October 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Hi Anjall,
    Since it’s been a few days and it’s now the end of the week I would definitely just call them and let them know that you have not been contacted yet for a phone interview, which you are very much looking forward to. Hope that helps.

  33. Anjail Akbar
    October 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks you so very much Dorothy for your advice, it is a great help.

  34. Yel
    October 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Dorothy,
    I want to thank you very much for this site. I have already taken a lot of advice from it for my husband’s job search.
    Here’s a question that I don’t think has been addressed specifically regarding following up.
    He had a great phone interview today, and at the end the HR recruiter & manager that were on the call said that they were going to be doing phone interviews for the next 2-3 weeks so to not worry if he does not hear before that time is up. He will definitely be sending an e-mail to thank them for their time tonight. However is it ok to ALSO send a hand written note for them to receive a few days from now? Or does that come accross as annoyingly persistent? We would definitely like to pass on the personalized touch of a note, but he also doesn’t want to skip the e-mail step of thanking right away. Also as the process to the next step will take a couple more weeks, he doesn’t want to be forgotten in case he is one of the first interviewed.
    What do you recommend? Can too many thank you’s be seen as pestering?

  35. October 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Yel,
    I think too many thank you’s can be annoying and give off the wrong impression – desperation. I would suggest your husband send a generic thank you email to HR addressing everyone that he interviewed with a day or two after his final interview. In a week or so I would then send one more thank you note to the most senior person he interviewed with detailing why your husband thinks he’s perfect for the job and perfect for the company. This would be a gentle reminder incase your husband was the one of the first to be interviewed. In regards to handwritten thank you’s, your husband needs to really think about the company he’s applying to and the people he met during the recruitment process. Will a handwritten thank you send the right message? Would they really appreciate it? or would they just appreciate a very professional email and keeping in contact. He’s going to have to figure that one out. I personally think handwritten letters aren’t appropriate all the time and won’t be appreciated by some companies but at the end of the day it’s your decision. Hope that helps and hope he hears from them soon. Good Luck!

  36. Andy
    October 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hi Dorothy,
    I love your post. It’s so useful.

    I hope you could help me.
    I applied for a job in Ireland (I’m Italian) two months ago.
    After 2 interviews on skype I’ve been in Dublin to do other interviews.
    After that I’ve spoken to the General Manager (in Italian, he’s Italian too) and after few days to the recruiter. She asked me about salary and start date.

    After last call with the recruiter, I haven’t received any response since two weeks. A week ago I’ve sent an email to the recruiter to ask for an update. She told me they were finishing up interviews with another candidate.

    Help me 🙂

    Do I have to wait more? Do I have still a chance?

    Thanks a lot from Italy,
    A.

  37. October 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Andy,
    When you get a chance to speak with the General Manager or really anyone in the final stages of the interview process you NEED to ask them what they are thinking about you and what the next process will be. The recruiter would have easily told you that they will be looking at other candidates and you won’t hear back from them in a few weeks. In any case, I don’t think it’s a good sign that they decided to interview another candidates because this means you didn’t have everything they were looking for. But you could have also been the first candidate that they interviewed and they wanted to interview one more to compare. You will never know because you did not ask the right questions to the recruiter at the end of your final interview. Right now since you already called the recruiter for an update I would either send another thank you email to the General Manager reminding them how brilliant you are and how perfect you are for the role etc. etc. If you’ve already done that I would send another shorter thank you stating that it’s been 2 weeks and if they needed anymore information from you to help them make the decision to please feel free to contact you. You need to be a little more persistant than you have been. Hope this helps and Good Luck!

  38. Andy
    October 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Hi Dorothy!
    First of all thanks a lot for your time and your answer.
    There’s a (good?) news. Yesterday the recruiting coordinator (the girl who decide the date of every interview) phoned me to tell that she was sorry but I have to do one more interview. I am going to do this interview on Thursday 18th with the Vice President of International Business. Is this a good news? I’ve searched him on LinkedIn and I’ve read he has got many endorsment for “negotiation”. Does it mean something? What should I expect from this interview? What kind of questions?

    I know these are lots questions, I hope you can help me!

    Thanks a lot!

    A.

  39. October 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Hi Andy,
    Looks like the VP is deciding between two candidates. You are definitely still in the running and this is good news. You now just need to prepare. The fact that the VP is a good negotiator means nothing. This is just an interview. You should expect very similar questions to the other interviews that you attended. The VP just wants to meet the top two candidates and decided if they like you. You need to show them that you not only are qualified for the job and can fit in perfectly with the company but you are someone they like enough to want to work with you for 8 hours a day. Remember to smile and be positive and come in with good energy. They like you. Just be yourself and don’t forget to prepare. Good Luck!

  40. Yel
    October 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Dorothy,
    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question, it’s a big help!

  41. Andy
    October 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Dorothy thanks a lot!
    I’ll let you know impressions after the interview!
    Crossed fingers!

  42. Leota
    October 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    Thank you for that great article, and answering all these great questions. Seems like the interview process has gotten more convoluted and mysterious over the last several years. I’m thoroughly confused as to where I stand now with a company I have interviewed with other the last several weeks. I had two fantastic phone interviews and one in-person interview with three people. The in-person interview went for over 2 1/2 hours. Afterwards I provided follow-up thank you emails to everyone I spoke with including the recruiter and reiterated my skills, etc. Last Friday (10/5) the recruiter asked for a couple professional references to call, which I provided. Then…nothing. The references were never contacted. The this past Friday, I received an update that they are “working through the process” and will have an decision “soon”. Now I don’t know where I stand and why they would even bother to ask for my references. Is it too early to give up hope? I am still looking for work elsewhere in the meantime, but I really want this particular opportunity. I can’t help but to second-guess everything at this point.

  43. October 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Hi Leota,
    If they haven’t checked your references they probably are either hiring someone internally or have decided not to hire anyone at all due to budget for example. “Working through the process” is a very easy way to hide the fact that they don’t know what they are doing. I honestly think they are rethinking the role or going to hire someone internally. I’m glad you are still applying to other jobs while you wait but at this time I would just stay persistant and ask them for an update. Did they not tell you when they were looking to fill this role? If they weren’t thinking to fill this role ASAP then it sounds like they haven’t found the perfect candidate and still want to keep looking. In either case they should be able to give you a decision “soon”. Just stay professional and keep contacting them for an update. The waiting game is the worst and I”m sorry that this company is taken their time. Good Luck!

  44. Leota
    October 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks, Dorothy. Never heard back from them. I think they are looking for a purple squirrel–this position has several unusual and untraditional pairing of skills listed (which I have!!) but I digress. I am guessing they are still interviewing, or filling internally. In the meantime I do have two new recruiters who have contacted me since then about other opportunities. Thanks again! Your feedback is always helpful.

  45. Ram
    October 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Hi dorothy,
    I was interviewd last thursday and i was not told anything abt the result date..so i called the hr next day afternoon and asked..he asked me to hold on a second and said that he was in a meeting.. i dint call him since then…should i call him or wait for him to respond ??

  46. October 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Hi Ram,
    You need to call them back. You need to be a little more proactive in your job search. In future interviews make sure before you leave the interview you ask them when you should hear back from them and when they expect to have the position filled by. Good Luck!

  47. Arlene
    October 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    A recruiter contacted me after I applied for a position for a phone interview with the manager. I had the phone interview two weeks ago. A couple of days later I was asked to come in for an interview. I interview with several people including the manager I would be reporting to for close to 3 hours. I thought it went well. I sent thank you notes to everyone that I spoke to afterwards. I received an email back from the manager stating she enjoyed meeting me and would I should hear back from them in the “company name” short timeframe. I waited a week and did not hear anything. I emailed the recruiter, she did not respond. I emailed her again and she said she would contact me when she heard anything. It’s been a week and a half since the interview and I have not heard anything. I think I’m toast, but I’m disappointed that the recruiter did not have the courtesy to contact me and give me feedback. What do you think?

    Arlene

  48. October 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Arlene,
    I wish more recruiters had the courtesy of contacting the candidates that they interviewed to let them know that they did not get the job. I really hate that no news means bad news in the recruitment world. I am sorry but it does sound like they went with another candidate. Sounds like you did everything right so keep doing what your doing and I’m sure a good company will snap you up. Good Luck!

  49. Aline
    November 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Dorothy-

    I had a first interview a few weeks ago and during the interview the interviewer acutally told me that she would be recommending me for a 2nd interview and that she “should probably be fired if she didn’t”. The next day she emailed me asking for my transcript. I put in a mail request to my university. A week went by and I had not received my transcript yet and she actually e-mailed me to see if I got it. Luckily I received it in the mail right after she asked. I scaned it and sent it in. A week and a half went by and nothing. I e-mailed her and after 2 days no response. What gives?

  50. Aline
    November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Oh, as for the transcript if you thought that might have something to do with it… I had a B+/A- Avg.

  51. November 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Hi Aline,
    I don’t think it had anything to do with your transcripts. I actually think the recruiter seems pretty unprofessional to say that she would probably be fired if she didn’t recommend you for a second interview. Well I hope she got fired (not really) because obviously that second interview never happened. I just think the recruiter wasn’t honest with you. If the job opening had to close for budget reasons or the company/hiring managers decided not to fill the role at this time than they should have told you. I think the recruiter just wasn’t professional enough to tell you and I would keep at them until they do. Sorry and I wish you better luck in other interviews.

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