Not getting an immediate response after a job interview is common so don’t worry! The interview process is long and grueling so having the right expectations is important so you keep your sanity. You could be the best candidate with the best interview skills and a company still won’t call you right back. Keep in mind there may be many other applicants they have to weed through. Would you hire the very first interviewee as an employer? Probably not. Definitely make sure to follow up but timing is key. We’ll let you know when to move on after a job interview.
Everyone company operates the same when it comes to the hiring and interview process. They list a position on Indeed, Monster, Craigslist, whatever it may be and hundreds and thousands of people apply. That’s a lot of resumes to go through! To filter out a majority of these resumes, companies employ an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) or Hiring Manager to make sure they are dealing with qualified individuals. To learn a little more about how the ATS works, read our article on that here. This step can take a while and it’s one reason why you didn’t get an immediate call back.
According to Glassdoor, the typical hiring process lasts just under 24 days. Now depending on the industry and your location this can vary, but this is a good reference point. Typically in the first weeks you will hear something from the company whether it be for follow up or a decision. That’s about when you would want to follow up as well!
We are big advocates of the immediate “thank you for the interview” follow up right after the interview. An email is best thanking them for their time for considering you for the position. You can also quickly add anything else you may have left out in your interview. Make sure this has an enthusiastic tone so it shows them you are excited at the possibility of working there.
Know when to cut your losses. If it’s been over a month without a response, it’s best to move on to the next job posting. However, there is still hope so don’t completely discount the possibility. It’s very likely they are still going through the interview process with many other applicants. Again, set good expectations for yourself and after the interview ask them what an approximate time frame looks like to hear back from them. The biggest indicator of when to stop is when they stop responding to you. This is when you need to move on after the job interview.
Thanks for reading this article I wrote about moving on (specific to jobs)! Now you’ll know when to cut your losses so you can continue applying to places that actually want to hire you. I would greatly appreciate it if you guys can share this with your friends and colleagues. Go out there and tell your best story!
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