Bottom line, when you don’t hear back after the interview, it is because the company is not ready to take the next step with you.
The reasons for this are unlimited, so it’s not useful to spend time MSUing (making stuff up) about why. Instead, take these four steps:
Four Actions to Take After the Interview
1. Assess Your Performance
Review your interview performance and take your learnings. If you don’t feel good about the interview, don’t fall into the trap of criticizing the company. It doesn’t help you to focus on negative thoughts.
2. Keep Your Job Search Rolling
Stay focused on your job search. Continue to find and pursue new opportunities.
3. Follow Up Every Two Weeks
Reach out to your contact person(s) at the companies where you’ve interviewed every two weeks. Call more often and they’ll feel stalked. Call less often and they’ll assume you’ve lost interest. Call the hiring manager, if you have met him/her, and the recruiter/HR rep on the search.
Ask for a search status. Graciously restate your interest in the job. Both HR and the hiring manager have tasks to complete in getting to an offer. It’s good for them to visit the status of their search every two weeks. Your calls will make that happen and might get a stalled process moving again.
If you don’t connect on the phone, leave voice mails and send an email addressed to both people. If an external recruiter introduced you, be sure to check in with that person and copy him/her on emails.
If you connect with administrative assistants rather than your targets, don’t be upset. Except for making the decision, good AAs can do everything needed to get you hired.
Because of this, an AA might be your best contact. I have seen them take ownership for completing a search more than once (getting interviews scheduled, completing paperwork, etc.). They dislike telling you there’s no news, so they often take the initiative to keep the process moving forward.
In making your contacts, you will demonstrate your follow-up skills and build relationships. The relationships might or might not help you get the job but, worst case, you will have added people to your professional network.
4. Accept What You Can & Can’t Control
After you do your two-week follow-up, say the Serenity Prayer, and keep on finding and creating more great career options for yourself.
You can’t control the behavior of the people inside the company, but you can control your own.
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Updated February 2018
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