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    Calling after an interview

    Ok so I applied for a new job and at the interview they said it would be 2-3 weeks till I hear back. When 3 weeks passed I decided to call and check on the status, they said that hiring had hit a delay and I would know by the end of the week if I got it or not. Now it has been another week past that, do I call again or just wait it out? I'm just tired of waiting and they said they would notify me either way.



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    Re: Calling after an interview

    Are you trying to decide between this job and another offer? If not, show some patience. It can't hurt, it can only help you.


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    Re: Calling after an interview

    That's a tough one, and since I'm on this side I will say, wait it out. But that is almost impossible for me to do. HR teams have become so terrible at getting back with candidates, and it happens EVERYwhere. If you are calling HR, my guess is that you aren't hurting your chances. But if it is one of the hiring managers, I would wait.


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    Re: Calling after an interview

    As long as you aren't bugging them more than once per week, we see it as a positive when candidates check in. Anymore than once per week and you will probably turn them off.

    Just one company's perspective though.



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    Re: Calling after an interview

    From a hiring manager's perspective, checking in can't hurt. If they haven't gotten back to you yet, then they haven't ruled you out as a candidate. So anyway you can continue to show your interest and engage them professionally can't make your stock go down.



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    Re: Calling after an interview

    I'm surprised at those who say it can help checking in. I always figured that they will get back to me when they have gone through the process and don't need me bugging them after I had interviewed. Obviously it shows that you're still interested but you already showed interest in applying and interviewing.


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    Re: Calling after an interview

    Check back every two weeks IMO.


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    Re: Calling after an interview

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    I'm surprised at those who say it can help checking in. I always figured that they will get back to me when they have gone through the process and don't need me bugging them after I had interviewed. Obviously it shows that you're still interested but you already showed interest in applying and interviewing.
    If you give a prospect a timeline, then shouldn't you be expected to abide by that? If they don't want me to bug them, then set a reasonable time frame, and respond within that time frame. Common courtesy.


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    Re: Calling after an interview

    Not a problem to check with HR as long as it's not at an alarming frequency.

    I've been in the situation where a candidate sent several emails daily to everybody that interviewed them that day asking for status updates. Phone calls to. Needless to say, we passed on that one.



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    Re: Calling after an interview

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    I'm surprised at those who say it can help checking in. I always figured that they will get back to me when they have gone through the process and don't need me bugging them after I had interviewed. Obviously it shows that you're still interested but you already showed interest in applying and interviewing.
    my guess is the HR people get 100 applicants to sort through, and if someone calls back it shows they are serious, and not just spamming out applications to everyone.


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    Re: Calling after an interview

    My impression on online applications is that they are an excuse for employers to never respond at all to the vast majority of applicants. I miss the days of a finely worded form rejection letter on nice letterhead. At least you aren't wondering forever.



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    Re: Calling after an interview

    I always make sure to get an email address and send a post interview "thank you for your time and consideration" note. I was told by the hiring manager where I used to work, that he specifically noted followup to interviews and took it into account when he made hiring recommendations. Too much or too little follow up was not necessarily a good thing. I'm not sure where the sweet spot is. It probably varies.


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    Re: Calling after an interview

    Wait. If they made a decision they will let you know.



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    Re: Calling after an interview

    hiring right now for professional level jobs is soft. There are so many reasons for delay. It could be that HR is stalling, that finance wants them to wait to save some funds, they are interviewing more candidates, they are being told to interview more candidates, who knows. It is all a lot of hurry up and wait.

    It is not uncommon for interview to hiring to take several months, and recruiters right now are saying that those hiring want EXACTLY what they are looking for, and waiting.

    Being an eager beaver and desperate is not going to increase your chances. Being confident and waiting, might. After your thank you email/letter - PS - know some hiring managers that use this as an evaluation of writing/communications skills, and some managers that won't hire you if you didn't do one within 48 hours....I would only suggest calling or emailing about follow up if you have another offer you will take if you don't get their job.

    Everyone takes longer to do things now than they say.



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    Re: Calling after an interview

    Y'know.

    If he were calling BEFORE they said they'd get back to him I'd worry he was being a pest. But when they don't call when they say they will I don't see anything wrong with checking back. He just needs to preface each call back with the explanation that he was told they'd get back by such and such date and it's past that and he's not heard, thus the call-back.


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