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After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:05 pm

Question for fellow A.netters. I interviewed for a position last week (Wednesday) and the interviewers seemed interested after we were done. They had mentioned if there was a need for a second round of interviews, the final outcome should be in 2 weeks (including the second round, they narrowed it down to 6).

I am starting to get concerned, as it has been almost a week and I haven't heard anything. They had said they were doing all 6 that same day, so I thought I would have heard by now at the very least to hear if they were scheduling a second round.

Never having been through a process like this, is not hearing anything to this point is normal? It is just concerning to me. I also sent each of the interviewers a Thank You E-mail, but none of them responded; which adds to the concern level.
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:10 pm

Give it another week or so, and then follow up again asking about the status.
Having done the hiring, there are a lot of mitigating issues.

1. Candidate pool changes
2. HR changes reqs, and wants more people interviewed
3. Economic changes may have warrented the reqs being put on hold.
4. Another candidate may have recieved an offer instead of you, but it may be a "high risk" candidate, and they may still have a postion to offer you after offering it to the other candidate .
5. As nice as they were, they may not have wanted you, and they weren't nice enough to keep you in the loop.
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:21 pm

In this job market they can do as they please. When the job market was hot, you had to contact the high-quality people you interviewed fast or they'd be snapped up elsewhere. Now you can wait around, interview a few more to see if you get somebody better (or cheaper).

The most sensible thing for you right now is to assume you haven't got it. Don't put all your eggs in one basket- make sure you have other possibilities if they come back and say no.
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:23 pm

The one thing to always do is a follow up email or note to the person who interviewed you, gives you the chance to both thank them for the interview, once again reiterate both your qualifications and eagerness to take this to the next level.
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:51 pm

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 3):
The one thing to always do is a follow up email or note to the person who interviewed you, gives you the chance to both thank them for the interview, once again reiterate both your qualifications and eagerness to take this to the next level.

     

I suggest doing it on paper, personally, although I haven't interviewed for a job in a while and some folks now say an E-mail is fine. It should probably be done within 24-48 hours, while the interviewer's memory is still fresh and (hopefully)before they have submitted their candidate evaluation. If on paper, my advice is to have it in the mail by the next business day. It should take the form of a Thank-You note.

Dear So-and-So:

Just a quick note to follow-up on our interview on (date). I really appreciated meeting you and learning about the position at Acme Corp. I've been thinking about the position and I really do think that it would be a great fit for my skills. I really like the way that Acme does Blah Blah Blah and I was particularly interested in Yadda Yadda Yadda.

Thank you again for taking the time to meet with me and I look forward to working with you in the future. (Finish on a positive note: "I look forward to working with you in the future" or similar.)

Sincerely,
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:53 pm

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 3):
The one thing to always do is a follow up email or note to the person who interviewed you, gives you the chance to both thank them for the interview, once again reiterate both your qualifications and eagerness to take this to the next level.

Sounds like the OP has already done this.
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:56 pm

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 5):
Sounds like the OP has already done this.
Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Thread starter):
Never having been through a process like this, is not hearing anything to this point is normal? It is just concerning to me. I also sent each of the interviewers a Thank You E-mail, but none of them responded; which adds to the concern level.

Oh, so he did! Bottom line: if they want you, they'll take you. If they don't want you, then you probably wouldn't have been very happy there.

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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:09 pm

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 2):
The most sensible thing for you right now is to assume you haven't got it. Don't put all your eggs in one basket- make sure you have other possibilities if they come back and say no.
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 6):
Never set your heart on a job.

That is what I have made sure not to do. I learned in HS to always think that I would never get something, that way, if I didn't...I wouldn't be disappointed. While I am hopeful, I have applied for 3-4 other jobs along the same lines as the one I interviewed for, and have a really good reference for that one..so we will se how it goes.
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:24 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 4):
I suggest doing it on paper

Honestly, I laughed out loud when I read this. I haven't communicated with a potential employer or employee on paper since the 90's including resumes, most offer letters (I have received about half of these as large documents on paper), resignations, etc. Maybe it's different in different sectors of the economy (e.g. I work in tech/semiconductor)? Maybe it's inappropriate NOT to do some of these things on paper, but I just haven't seen it done that way in a really long time.

Anyway, to the OP: I think one follow up email is sufficient and all that is appropriate. As mentioned, there could be any number of reasons you haven't heard from them. Something may have come up that has them busier than planned, they may be waiting to hear from someone else they offered the position to, they may be looking at additional candidates or maybe they are not very good about letting you know that they aren't going to be considering you further.
 
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:41 pm

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Thread starter):
Question for fellow A.netters. I interviewed for a position last week (Wednesday) and the interviewers seemed interested after we were done. They had mentioned if there was a need for a second round of interviews, the final outcome should be in 2 weeks (including the second round, they narrowed it down to 6).

I am starting to get concerned, as it has been almost a week and I haven't heard anything. They had said they were doing all 6 that same day, so I thought I would have heard by now at the very least to hear if they were scheduling a second round.

Never having been through a process like this, is not hearing anything to this point is normal? It is just concerning to me. I also sent each of the interviewers a Thank You E-mail, but none of them responded; which adds to the concern level.

I wouldn't even stress about it. They could have done all the interviews in a single day but haven't had a chance to meet back up as a group to review notes and discuss the candidates. Or they already have and made a list and passed it along to the next person, who hasn't had time to set up 2nd interviews.

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 8):
Honestly, I laughed out loud when I read this. I haven't communicated with a potential employer or employee on paper since the 90's including resumes, most offer letters (I have received about half of these as large documents on paper), resignations, etc. Maybe it's different in different sectors of the economy (e.g. I work in tech/semiconductor)? Maybe it's inappropriate NOT to do some of these things on paper, but I just haven't seen it done that way in a really long time.

I think the thank you letter is nice, whether it is email or snail mail, but in my mind it gets a quick look at and gets tossed. I am not even sure it would come as a deciding factor if a few candidates were really close.


Honestly if you haven't heard anything after a month then it is time to move on completely.
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:51 pm

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 8):
Honestly, I laughed out loud when I read this. I haven't communicated with a potential employer or employee on paper since the 90's including resumes, most offer letters (I have received about half of these as large documents on paper), resignations, etc. Maybe it's different in different sectors of the economy (e.g. I work in tech/semiconductor)? Maybe it's inappropriate NOT to do some of these things on paper, but I just haven't seen it done that way in a really long time.

Really? I followed up fellowship interviews with paper as late as 2007. I think I even followed up my current job with paper in 2009...

A letter is a physical object that they have to hold in their hands. It has a different impact than an E-mail.
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RE: After The Interview - How Long To Wait

Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:58 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 10):
Really? I followed up fellowship interviews with paper as late as 2007. I think I even followed up my current job with paper in 2009...

A letter is a physical object that they have to hold in their hands. It has a different impact than an E-mail.

As I said, it is probably just different in different fields. We barely even get US mail at our building that isn't junk mail. Electronic everything. If I interviewed someone and they sent me a hard copy thank you letter I wouldn't know what to think of it. I think it would have the opposite impact that one would want. It seems contrived in this day and age. I probably wouldn't see it for weeks as I don't check my mail "slot" often and I'd throw it in the trash after a quick read meaning email has a better chance of sticking around. I can't imagine this having a direct effect on someone's chance at a job, but I guess it goes into the overall impression.

Come to think of it, I can't really remember the last mail I got that wasn't trash (if you exclude packages) at home or at work. I just assume that if it comes in the mail then I don't car about it as it is unwanted solicitation.

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