(Closed) How long after an interview do you assume the position is not yours?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9647 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

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
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Some companies take their sweet time… So relax, I think waiting one more week will be enough time to know for sure.

Post # 7
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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!

Good luck!

Post # 9
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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
1380 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
3770 posts
Honey bee
  • 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
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

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
704 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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 # 15
3799 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

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