I get this question a lot from my clients as we engage in Job Search Strategy work. They share with me the excessively long turn-around time after an in person or phone interview. As a Job Search advisor, I understand their pain. I’ve also been on the hiring side of the table so I get the delay. The simple reason is recruiters are inundated with work and a very high volume of resumes, often which don’t meet their criteria. They have other work besides recruiting on their busy desk.
The solution is simple for both Employers and Candidates
Employers: Prioritize immediate feedback to candidate interviews or you will lose them in the recruiting process. Core values of how you treat employees are demonstrated in the interview cycle. Who wants to work for a company that doesn’t take the time to communicate with INTERVIEWED candidates, good news or not, preferably by phone or at least email?
Candidates: Help your situation by engaging with the company’s Recruiter or Hiring Manager by phone. If you have not heard back in 5 business days after an in person interview, reach out and call them! Yes, you may get voicemail but at least they hear from a professional colleague as you reiterate your interest in the role and desire to join the team. When I received that phone call as a Hiring Mgr I would quickly do a search and review their resume to make sure I didn’t miss a good candidate. What’s to lose by doing this? Maybe another rejection but that’s preferable to "being in limbo". So few folks follow this simple principle, stand out from the crowd!
If you are challenged in your job search process and need some fine tuning with your approach, contact me for a free 10 minute consultation to see how we might work together to help you “get found, get noticed and get hired”.