BlackHairedGal told me, “I’m waiting for [this local but quite big company into retail, holiday] to call me. I applied Vacation Consultant there.”
“Ohh.. How?” I asked.
“You know I applied many jobs online and only a handful called me for interview? They only call a few people for interview for a post.” Nobody is free to go through hundreds of resume that comes in and interview everyone.
“Aiks, like that aaaa…”
“Yeah, don’t wait for them to call you. You can call them and ask if they would like to interview you. Keep on looking.”
Don’t stop even though you are called for interview. You’ll have more confidence in knowing that more companies want you for interviews and hire you. Just like other companies would perceive to be more valuable if you get many offers. But that depends on the individual – some of us are confident of our abilities no matter what.
Of so many jobs that are available, how many of the companies actually thank applicants for applying and to inform that “Sorry, you just didn’t make the list because you are [too damn ugly, need to lose the shaggy hair, under qualified, over qualified, under age, too old, so blurcase to misspell many things, insert yours] and we’ve found a better candidate” ?
On the other hand, companies can’t be replying every applicants. Where got time? (It’s meant to have grammatical error to demonstrate fast thought, save time.)
Employers: So what to do?
Invest in a auto reply machine/application. Guess how many companies want to spend money telling the people that they don’t want (then) that they are not selected to join the company? They’d rather spend more moolah on the people already working with them!
The first time I received such email from a company that I had applied but wasn’t even called for interview, I thanked the person for taking the time and effort to inform non-successful candidates.
It was a generic auto email but at least it informed me of my status of application (besides checking the application history). It also sounded real and personal. Cynics say, “They just insert your name here, the post you apply there. Easy programming.”
Actually, it is easy programming. Back in college, we learnt how to interlink MS Access (database) with Word (document) and create multiple sheets of personalized info. After that, we learnt how to link MS SQL (more powered database than Access for sure) and server side applications using web programming languages.
Or maybe I was just too naive and started to apply jobs online heh. I did get a subsequent reply from the other side that “it was merely courtesy to show appreciation and good luck for your future!” After that, my impression of the company was higher because the representative (the person who replied the email) was polite and positive thinking, even though I didn’t know anyone there.
Companies (managers, you included) who do not appreciate other staffs that deal with front end because “oh, they are just low pay, uneducated staff” should get Clorox to clean the thinking. These are the people who contact your customers and partners. They can make/break your business. If their work goes unappreciated (verbal praise, acknowledgement, salary & benefits, etc), it would show in their work. Pay monkey, get monkey :p (got that somewhere in M’s) Sorry, I got sidetracked..
During the interview
Headhunters and HR people / books usually advice candidates:
- Ask “When will you let me know about the status of my application?” / “When can I know the result?” / “Would you contact me to let me know how this goes?” to the interviewer at the end of the interview.
- The interviewer may give a shrug, “We are not sure, we’ll get back with you.” He/she maybe speaking the truth – the interview process is an ongoing thing and sometimes the decision depends on someone (sitting in the higher ladder) / something (budget, policy, law) else. If this is the case, check when it’s ok to callback for status, like “Is it ok if I call back next week just to check the status?” Some interviewers would appreciate you taking the lead in contacting them because they could be swamped by other work and / or lazy/scared to call back candidates. Or they could hate you for pressuring them and disturbing their “original” work.
- If the interviewer warned you, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you if you are selected”, don’t bother waiting for your breath on this one. So what if they don’t call you? Think about it. Do you want to work under
someone who is a control freaksuch company? The sun still comes up. There are better jobs and opportunities out there.
Ops, I forgot to do what experts suggested
If you forgot to ask this during the interview, you can call them back within the next few days (never more than 7 working days). Alternatively, email thanks (always good to show appreciation for meeting you) for the interview and include this question too.
But what if you hear nothing after being interviewed even though the interviewer smiled and said, “We’ll call you by next week”?
If it’s already passed the duration as mentioned, there’s no harm in contacting the interviewer/PIC to enquire politely. Make it sound like you:
- would like to find out the status of your application
- are still interested (duh!)
- are not angry at them for not contacting you even though that was exactly what they did.
Until you know you are going to get the job, be nice & polite with them. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to be rude if you don’t get the job.That’s why it’s important to remember the interviewer’s name! (Kidding)
When you check status, always state:
- your name (if you gave another name/nickname to the interviewer, include this too)
- when & place you met with the interviewer
- for which position and company.
If you’ve emailed them and did not get reply within 1-2 days, your heart is pumping, you are jumping, call them up for status. Your email could’ve gone missing or skipped or automatically stored in the Junk mail. Blame it on the technology. People do (blame it on faulty compter, bad network connection). The worst case senario is that they don’t want you / you aren’t suitable for the job.
If you get bad news, take it with a pinch of salt. Find out what you lacked, why you weren’t hired (you can ask but not everyone’s honest in telling you the real reason) and continue with your next quest!
Congratulations, if you get the job!