Post # 1
Okay, so I’m sensing kind of a recurring problem in my job interviews.
I made it to the final round with one firm. They told me they would finishing conducting interviews at the end of August – it’s now mid October and I haven’t heard anything back from them, for better or worse. I don’t know if this is just my newness in the job market showing through, but they seemed really intent on filling the position soon and since I haven’t heard anything back from them in the 2 months since I’ve interviewed, I’ve kind of assumed that I didn’t get the job? At what point do I act on that assumption and send them a thank you for considering me, I’m sorry it didn’t work out email? Or is that not done? I get a huge chunk of my practical advice on to handle the job hunt from my parents and professors – but most of them haven’t interviewed in 30+ years so I feel like some of the advice I get handed to me as gospel can be hugely out of date.
More pressingly, I’ve recently been told that I’ve been accepted to two final interviews at two firms. Both of the recruiters told me that I would get an email confirming my interview schedule and providing me with the employment forms they need me to fill out. Neither of them have emailed me. One interview isn’t for another 18 days so I can be patient there for a while longer, but one of them is flying me out to interview with them on Thursday (less than a week!) and that email hasn’t been sent either. Crucially, that email was supposed to provide me with the instructions on how to book travel to see them which is why I’m freaking out a bit. But they just contacted me about flying out today, so I don’t know if they just kind of leave things more into crunch time and it would be pushy to call the recruiter again on Monday or if because of the time crunch, if the email doesn’t come over the weekend then I should definitely call them Monday?
I just have no experience with the recruitment process for career jobs, rather than the like part-time cashier jobs and internships I’ve interviewed for in the past. Those were always much lower stakes and I just don’t want to get this wrong. The job flying me out would be my dream job and I just don’t want to make some stupid mistake and lose my chance at it. I would really appreciate your help!
Post # 2
I usually send a “thank you for your consideration, it was a pleasure meeting you, reiterate my interest in the position blah blah blah” email a day or two after the interview and if I don’t hear anything I leave it be. I don’t know what recruiting experts recommend though, I just like hitting the ball back and knowing I’ve done everything I can.
I wouldn’t worry too much about appearing pushy with the recruiter, as long as you keep your interactions professional you’ll be fine. Just say you’re following up regarding the email to book travel. Odds are the recruiter isn’t the one interviewing you anyway I’m guessing. Good luck!!
Post # 3
Yeah, I agree with PP – the thank you for your consideration emails should go out right after the interview. Generally, unless they email you letting you know if you didn’t get the job, don’t send an “I’m sorry it didn’t work out” – you don’t know what their actual timeline is, and usually firms don’t let everyone know that they’ve filled the position until the contract is signed, just in case it doesn’t work out with their first choice.
I’d definitely call or email the recruiter on Monday about the travel. That’s different, and super important.
Post # 4
Definitely send a thank you email right after the interview. Also feel free to interact with the recruiter as much as you like. Are these internal recruiters or a company retained to find talent? Either way, their goal is to get you hired. In my career, I’ve always worked with recruiters/headhunters, and they are usually the best source of information as they interface with the company and get feedback. Good luck in the job search!
Post # 5
I just recently interviewed at a firm. I sent follow up thank yous the day after my interviews, and then checked in every two weeks. Something along the lines of “I’m checking in to see if there are any updates and to reiterate my interest in the position” until I got an answer from them. Good luck!
Post # 6
I definitely sent out the thank you for interviewing me emails within 24 hours. I was a little more unsure about my mentors’ advice to send a thank you after I haven’t been hired – I think the thinking was to make them think fondly of me going forward, but it’s good to know that it’s not expected.
These are all recruiters for the specific branch location of each firm. I love the idea of framing it as a follow up email rather than the more of a “Hey you said I’d get this email from you and I didn’t” I was worried I’d come across as.
Thank you so much for your help! I know I’m new at this and have a lot to learn, so I really appreciate it!