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After The Interview: No Response?

The Hiring Process Interviewing Strategies

Question:

It’s been a couple of weeks since my interview, and I haven’t heard a thing. What should I do?

Answer:

It’s time to follow up! Send a brief email, but not just to check the status of your application. Everybody else who interviewed is also checking the status, and you want to stand out from the crowd. Include a link to an article that the interviewer might find interesting, or find another way to show that you can provide value.

That said, there are many reasons that you sometimes have to wait longer than you expect:
• They probably have to interview other candidates.
• They may disagree on who the perfect candidate is.
• The job may not be the company’s top priority (even though it is yours.)
• The budget may have been cut.
• Someone crucial to the decision-making process may be out sick or on vacation.
• It’s hard to get all the players together.
• A decision-maker may have another critical deadline.


Worst of all, they may hire someone else and just not tell you. Like most people, employers don’t like to deliver bad news. They also fear that the rejected candidate may want to debate with them, or prove that he or she is truly the better choice. So unless you are getting an offer, it’s possible that you may not hear back from them at all.

For that reason among others, keep looking! You should always have multiple irons in the fire. Just be sure to organize your job search so you’ll be ready when the offer finally does come.

 

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.