Post # 1
I may just be a debby downer, but…how long after an interview without hearing back do you start thinking the job isn’t yours?
I recently interviewed for a really great job at an amazing company. I interviewed Monday. They told me they were still interviewing and would be in touch. I have a friend who works at the company who told me they had their last interview Tuesday. Today is one week since my interview, and I’m feeling really down about it. I know I would be perfect for the job.. and I have a referral (which are taken very seriously at the company)…but what’s taking so long?
I left feeling pretty good about the interview…I was hoping to land a second one! And now I just feel bummed. What do you think? Has it been too long? Or has it not been long enough and it just feels like it because I’m sitting here waiting on pins and needles? Part of me feels like I need to talk myself down so my hopes wont be up because then I won’t be so disappointed if they don’t call me. I need a pick me up :/
Post # 3
I think you should call them and confirm how interested you still are in the job, and was wondering how things were going, reiterate your interest in the company, and if for some reason you didn’t get the job say that if something else comes up you would love to hear about it 🙂
Post # 4
I never assume I didn’t get it until I don’t hear. I’ve had jobs call me the day of the interview, and I’ve had jobs call a week or two later. It all depends on how quickly they’re moving, and you can’t control or predict it. Just as your friend to keep you in the loop if s/he hears that a new person is starting. If you don’t hear otherwise, dont’ freak out yet!
Fingers crossed for you!
Post # 5
Some companies take their sweet time… So relax, I think waiting one more week will be enough time to know for sure.
Post # 6
@Jacqui90: My friend told me to call Tuesday if I hadn’t heard anything today. I will definitely do as you say..
@abbie017: I think that’s why I’m so nervous. My previous job called me 30 minutes after my interview to make an offer..and this was a very large pharmaceutical company. So the fact that I’m still waiting makes me doubt myself. And my friend is definitely keeping an ear out for me. I feel like she wants me to land the position as much as I do!
Post # 7
I think a week is pretty standard. I agree that you could politely follow up tomorrow if you don’t hear anything, but don’t get too discouraged yet hun!
Post # 8
Unless I’m explicitly told it will take longer, after a week, I’m no longer very confident. But I would still try to follow-up with them until you get a definite answer!
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I would send correspondence to whomever you completed your interview with. If it was multiple people, contact the one you connected with the most so they will hopefully go to argue for you if they are still considering whom to hire. Make sure somewhere in that correspondence that you specifically say you want the job and that you are looking forward to hearing back from them.
Post # 10
I read recently in what appears to be a very good book that employers sometimes get a bit lazy after the interviewing is over. They have found the person they want and can relax and take their sweet time getting together the hiring package together in anticipation of making an offer. The author also said that hiring decisions are made based on the interview and any follow-up after the interview is not going to sway their decision. The only thing that might be applicable in this case is the handwritten thank-you note sent immediately after the interview–if the front-runner didn’t send a note, he/she might be pushed out by someone who did send a note. Based on that, I think you should only call if it has been a long time, like a couple weeks, or if you have another offer on the table. IMO, calling after a week could do you more harm than good.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I usually figure after 2 weeks I am out, but I have had a 2nd interview follow up a month after the 1st interview.
Post # 12
Well, for my current job, I didn’t get my 2nd interview until a month after my initial interview! But things move slowly around here. Most other places, I’d say give it two weeks. But I never assume I aced an interview.
Post # 13
Two weeks is when I start losing hope but if they haven’t explicitly given you one of those “don’t call us, we’ll call you” notices, check back around the 2 week mark.
You never know, though. I got my job a month after I applied – called back twice on the suggestion of my interviewer in the following 2 weeks and was blown off both times. They told me to call back a 3rd time a week later and I didn’t because I was frustrated…then the man who’s my current boss sent me an email the day after I ignored the 3rd call back asking to talk and I got the job.
Sometimes the people hiring are just really busy.
Post # 14
Thanks for the help everyone. I’m going to call today at lunch to follow up if I haven’t heard anything by then.
I’ll update with what I hear. Cross your fingers for me!
Post # 15
I always assume after 2 weeks, they found someone else. However, I once thought that and then a MONTH after I interviewed, they called and said it was approved for me to start. I actually forgot that I had interviewed there! It is the job that I have been at for the past 3 years 🙂
I say after 2 weeks, start looking again and perhaps you will be surprised…but definately after a month I’d say they probably went with another candidate.
Post # 16
Well, when I called to follow up she just said that they were still interviewing, and that they hadn’t really progessed any further than that. When I expressed that I was still VERY interested in the position she just said great, and she’s happy to hear it.
And that was it. Company policy there is that they have to interview at least 3 people for a position. They interviewed 4, with the last being last Tuesday afternoon. My friend says she hasn’t had anyone come in since to interview..so I don’t know what to think. I guess I’m just going to not hold my breath unless I hear otherwise.
And I’m not really actively looking for a new position. This one just fell into my lap and seemed really perfect. I’m actually happy at my current job..I just know I could be happier at this other place! hahaha
Thanks for the tips everyone.