An interview is not just a meeting between professionals to fill a position, but it is also one of the first interactions that one might have with a company or its employees.
Therefore, it is very important to remember some statutory courtesies in order to have positive interaction.
The part that seems the longest in the application process is the waiting time – When you wait to hear back from the company. Sometimes, the process to have them review your candidacy and get back to you seems long to you while for the company it is a normal timeframe.
Follow Up After Interview – When There Is No Response
This scenario raises a question on your part – How long should you wait to call after an interview?
Usually, after a period of time when there is no response, you will start asking yourself ‘what to do?’ and whether it is appropriate to call back and check hiring status, asking politely ‘If they had a chance to review your application’.
How Long To Wait After Interview
Points to take into consideration
While attending an interview, one should also remember there are others who are applying for the said post.
Among all the candidates there are few that are good competitors for the job.
In any case, it may take a lot of time for the organization to screen the potential applicants before they contact again for the next round of interviews or for putting in an offer.
Some multinational companies may be hiring dozens of employees at once and it would be simply impossible for them to contact you within few days, while yet others, might be startup companies that need to begin right now, so you can get contacted by them for a second or final interview even before you get home from your first interview.
Actually, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how long after the interview should you hear back. To answer this question, you should yourself decide as to the timeframe depending on the position that you have applied for and the company profile in the job market.
You should have asked them
Ask this question at the end of each interview.
You can ask ‘when it would be appropriate to call’ or ‘when you can expect to hear back’ at the end of the interview.
Whom to call
Inspect the phone number that the company called you.
Was it the secretary’s phone number or the interviewer’s? If the call came from the interviewer, you can be assured that calling the interviewer on that number directly would be preferable.
When to call
Arrange the time table of your follow up procedure.
For example, take up to 4 days after the interview itself before you call. You can also place a thank you letter before (or between) your first call and your second call – a return call if necessary.
While waiting for a reply after the job interview would seem simple and harmless, it does you no good to ignore other interview calls because you are waiting to hear back from the current interview. Even if you think that the job is a sure thing for you, there is many a slip between the cup and the lip and you might just not get hired for the position!