Former recruitment agency experts answer
employment questions, candidly suggesting how to
negotiate your salary, find a really good job,
handle phone interviews, and more.
Sage advice like this is
Situation: Expecting a Call
That Doesn't Come
Q: The employer said they would call me in
roughly a week's time but it now two weeks and I
haven't heard anything from them. What
should I do?
A: Not getting a follow-up call, as promised,
happens more than you think. Candidates are told
a decision will be made by a certain time and the
candidate is sure they will get an offer or a
second interview, but then, they hear nothing.
This is not only frustrating for the candidate -
"Does this mean they don't want to hire me
or interview me again?" - but it also
reflects poorly on the company.
Your Follow-Up Strategy to get an interview invitation:
If you don't get a return call as promised,
contact them and leave a message. A phone call or
a even a quick email can work. Be prepared,
professional and courteous. Try to reach the
person at least once, telling them that you
appreciate them having met with you, that you are
very much interested in the position, you are
available to answer and further questions or
concerns they might have, and that you would
appreciate it if they could get back to you on
the next steps.
If you have another offer from a different
company and need to make a decision soon then
explain in your message that you would like to
know your status before you consider the other
position because this company is your first
choice. Do not bluff the employer to make them
move faster by saying that you have a competing
offer if you do not - this could back fire on you
if the employer is not prepared to rush.
There is a fine line between being persistent and
being a pest. Do not contact them repeatedly with
requests for information on your status.
Most employers understand that candidates will be
anxious about their status and will let them know
in a timely manner. But, there are employers who
do keep candidates waiting and wondering what
happened, even though they said they would call
by a certain date. There could be a legitimate
reason they haven't gotten back to you but do
consider that this may be a hint as to the
company's practices and consider whether you
really want to work for this company.
In the meantime, if you don't get a timely
answer, consider that this just might be their
way of saying 'No'. Rather than sitting and
waiting for a phone call that may never come,
continue to work on your job search.