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Subject: waiting to hear II Date: 4/18/1997 9:38 PM
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continue wating
call the company agian - showing interest in job
give up and look elsewhere

Which do you recomend?
How long is reasonable to wait "patiently" after interviewing?
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Author: bry Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 14 of 49428
Subject: Re: waiting to hear II Date: 4/24/1997 12:11 AM
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On Fri, 18 Apr 97 21:38:49 -0600, y wrote:
<< continue wating
call the company agian - showing interest in job
give up and look elsewhere

Which do you recomend?
How long is reasonable to wait 'patiently' after interviewing?
>>

IMHO, keep looking, but keep hope alive for a little while
longer at least.

I've been blown off several times by places I've
interviewed at, never hearing from them again after the
interview. One time, I called to find out the situation
and was told, lamely "Oh, I asked the secretary to notify
you we selected someone else, but I guess she never did".
I had stopped looking in the meantime while waiting to
hear the decision, so I felt quite burned by the experience.

Now, I think the best policy is to continue hunting right
up until you get an offer (and maybe even until you accept
it!). You've got nothing to lose, and if you get multiple
offers, you can weigh them against each other. You also
might be able to prod a slow-moving company into moving
faster with an offer to you if they know you are waiting
to hear from other companies.

Which brings up my other point...just because you haven't
heard anything doesn't necessarily mean there is no
interest. I've personally seen the HR beauracracy at my company stretch simple interviewing/hiring tasks out over weeks and months, despite the best efforts of our dept to speed things up. It's like that at many places: one time,
I was called a month after I started a new job, by a
company I had interviewed with 2 months earlier.
Apparently they had just finally finished their decision- making process and secured the go-aheads and wanted to know if I was still available and interested!

Anyway, if you really need to know or are afraid they'll
think you lost interest, give 'em another call. But
better than a secretary or an HR person would be to
talk to one of the people involved with actually hiring
you into that dept. Do you know the name of the person
who would be your boss? He/she would probably be the best person to ask about your status.

Good luck!
-bry


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Subject: Re: waiting to hear II Date: 4/25/1997 3:36 PM
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Bry,

You seem to have it right. Let me share another HR story that might help make the point.

A manager at a client company retained me to fill a key position in his department. He interviewed several candidates that I sent him and made one an offer. At that point HR announced they weren't paying my headhunter's fee because they already had the candidate's resume on file in HR.

In other words, HR was magnifying its own ineptitude by admitting it to the manager. They thought they'd save a fee. I got my fee, the candidate got the job, and the manager continued to use my services.

Proof of idiocy? No, just proof of the value of knowing what you're doing.

Thanks for your comments and advice!

- The Headhunter

On Thu, 24 Apr 97 00:11:53 -0600, bry wrote:
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On Fri, 18 Apr 97 21:38:49 -0600, y wrote:

<< continue wating

call the company agian - showing interest in job

give up and look elsewhere



Which do you recomend?

How long is reasonable to wait 'patiently' after interviewing?

>>



IMHO, keep looking, but keep hope alive for a little while

longer at least.



I've been blown off several times by places I've

interviewed at, never hearing from them again after the

interview. One time, I called to find out the situation

and was told, lamely 'Oh, I asked the secretary to notify

you we selected someone else, but I guess she never did'.

I had stopped looking in the meantime while waiting to

hear the decision, so I felt quite burned by the experience.



Now, I think the best policy is to continue hunting right

up until you get an offer (and maybe even until you accept

it!). You've got nothing to lose, and if you get multiple

offers, you can weigh them against each other. You also

might be able to prod a slow-moving company into moving

faster with an offer to you if they know you are waiting

to hear from other companies.



Which brings up my other point...just because you haven't

heard anything doesn't necessarily mean there is no

interest. I've personally seen the HR beauracracy at my company stretch simple interviewing/hiring tasks out over weeks and months, despite the best efforts of our dept to speed things up. It's like that at many places: one time,

I was called a month after I started a new job, by a

company I had interviewed with 2 months earlier.

Apparently they had just finally finished their decision- making process and secured the go-aheads and wanted to know if I was still available and interested!



Anyway, if you really need to know or are afraid they'll

think you lost interest, give 'em another call. But

better than a secretary or an HR person would be to

talk to one of the people involved with actually hiring

you into that dept. Do you know the name of the person

who would be your boss? He/she would probably be the best person to ask about your status.



Good luck!

-bry



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