Post # 1
My SO is looking for a new job. He did a phone interview on Monday with a recruiter (after having taken a 2 hour math test/anayltical thinking/personality test and submitting an application and resume). The recruiter said the manager would call him within 2 to 3 days to schedule an in-person interview.
This morning, SO checked his email and the manager had emailed him on Feb 18 at 10:40pm scheduling an interview for Feb 20 (today!) at 2:30pm. He checked his email around 9pm on the 18th and hadn’t checked it again until today. He had been expecting a phone call, not an email. He called the manager straight away to say he will interview today but reached a voicemail. Now we’re sitting here wondering if/when she will call back and if this will have to be rescheduled. What if the manager thinks he’s an idiot for not checking his email more?! Why didn’t the recruiter say they would call or email? She said they would call within 2-3 days but instead the manager emailed within 11 hours.
So, who is the idiot? The recruiter? My SO? Neither?
Post # 3
I’m not sure what the problem is if he’s going to make the interview anyway?
If you provide a potential employer with your email address, you shouldn’t be surprised when they use it to contact you.
Post # 5
I agree with SeaSalt: If you’re giving a recruiter an email address as a means of contact, you should probably be checking that email.
I don’t think your SO is an idiot, but I think he should have been checking his email more frequently. In this day and age with smartphones, most people are instantly connected to their email.
Post # 6
Can I vote both?
You should always check your email every 24 hours, even if you’re not expecting anything. He should make a habit of checking it at a specific time every day, just to clear out spam and junk mail, if nothing else.
The recruiter should’ve said that an email was a possibility, so he wasn’t waiting specifically for a phone call that never came.
Post # 7
Your SO should absolutely be checking his email more often if he is applying for jobs. Email is the most common form of communication in the business world and it perfectly acceptable way for a recruiter to communicate.
Post # 8
I don’t think anyone’s the idiot here — just an honest mixup. I agree that your SO will be doing himself a favor to check email a bit more while he’s job searching, because you just never know when something will come through!
Did he email the manager back? So many people get email on their smartphones these days — that might be one way to reach the manager in a pinch if phone calls go to voicemail.
Post # 9
It’s too bad that your SO was waiting for a phone call when the e-mail was in his inbox, but if he’s job searching, he NEEDS to check his e-mail once a day (or more!).
Post # 10
If I was him I wouldn’t wait on anything. I would be at that appointment at 2:15 and ready to interview at 2:30.
Post # 11
In this day and age, people are rarely away from their email for more than an hour or so. It’s pretty unusual to find someone who doesn’t check at least daily, even if they dont have a smartphone. Your SO isn’t an idiot, but the “mix up” is his fault, if we’re proportioning blame at all (and I don’t see why there’s any need to, if your husband will still be at the interview).
Post # 12
Email is a standard form of communication in most industries today. It provides a paper trail that voicemails don’t provide. If you’re job-seeking, it’s even more critical to keep all lines of contact open once you’ve provided them to the potential employer or the recruiter. Not checking email when you’ve sent out resumes with your email address is up there with turning the ringer off of your phone.
Post # 13
Did he email the hiring manager back? If the HM emails, absolutely respond by email. Your SO needs to be checking email constantly while he’s job hunting. I never simply call someone with an interview time; I always email and then call by the end of the day to confirm if I don’t get an email response.
I’ve need heard of a candidate complaining that they were contacted too soon!
Post # 14
I don’t know what field your SO is in, but given that the recruiter, and every single HR professional he’ll come in contact with, is in business, I’d say a good practice would be to check his email every morning and every evening, AT LEAST. Adding in a lunch time check also couldn’t hurt.
Post # 15
Email is the main avenue of communication in today’s day and age. I just spent a year interviewing for faculty positions at Universities and rarely did anyone ever call me – it was all done through email!
Most people these days have their email hooked up to their phones. Your SO needs to be checking his email regularly to ensure he doesn’t miss any opportunities.
Post # 16
Lesson learned. He will definitely check his email more often. He sent her an email after calling her and the interview is still on. Phew. I was freaking out worrying they would have to reschedule. I just want this over with!