Your resume made it past the screening process, you completed the interview process, and now you’re just waiting to hear back. If you’re like many applicants, this waiting period can be brutal. You may find yourself checking your email and voicemail several times a day and even starting to second guess how well you think you did on the interview. While nothing will make this time go faster, it’s important to know that there are some things you can do to during this wait time to help you handle the stress.
The first step is to stay calm. There are many reasons, such as still interviewing candidates or need management approval, why it could be taking so long for the employer to get back to you. Don’t jump to any conclusions. The truth is that you may find yourself waiting several days or even several weeks to get an answer back from the company. This wait doesn’t mean that they are not interested in you. It just means that they are still working through the recruitment process. Unfortunately, there is no way to rush this process. So stay calm and wait.
Send Thank You Email
One step you can take to not only ease the stress of your wait time but also to improve your chances of getting the job offer is to send a thank you email. While some applicants still send out handwritten thank you cards, a thank you email is more than acceptable. In fact, sending it through email guarantees that it is delivered to the right person. Keep the thank you letter short and concise and be sure to express your interest in the job. You should send a thank you email within two days after the interview and send a separate thank you to every person that interviewed you.
If you are working with a recruiter, feel free to reach out to see if there is any news yet. The recruiter may have experience working with this specific employer and can give you a general timeline for how long you may have to wait to get a reply. Your recruiter also may be in contact with the employer and have a general idea as to what stage of the process they’re in. Going through the recruiter will avoid the need to bother the employer.
Check in with References
A few days after your interview, you may want to touch base with your references. Ask if they have been contacted for a recommendation by the employer. This answer may let you know if the employer is interested in hiring you. It also will allow you to provide a gentle reminder to any references you listed that did not reply to the employer’s request yet. If one or more of your references have not yet responded to the employer’s request, be sure to reach out again in a few days to remind them again.
Consider Your Options
Now is an excellent time to evaluate your options. Consider everything you learned during the interview process and make sure that you are still interested in the job. Do additional company research and check out several employer review sites to determine if their company culture is ideal for you. You want to learn as much as possible about the employer before you accept any job offer. Having this information before you receive a job offer can help you make better career decision when, and if, the time comes.
If a reasonable amount of time has gone by, or it is now several days past the time the employer told you that they would make a final decision, and you still have not heard anything from the employer or the recruiter, it is acceptable to contact the employer or recruiter. Remain polite and state that you are following up on your interview and checking to see if they have made a final decision. Continue to express your interest in the job and give them ample time to reply.
One of the most important things to do during this waiting period is to remain responsive. Make sure your voicemail and email are working properly and check them at least once per day. It’s essential that you respond as quickly as possible to any questions the company may have. If you are unsure of any communication be sure to ask for clarification and always express your continued interest in the job.
The last thing you want to do is to rush or harass the prospective employer. It’s best to remain calm, take the necessary steps, and give the employer plenty of time to make their final decision. You should only reach out after a reasonable amount of time has passed and always remain polite, even if you don’t get the job. You never know if you will have another opportunity to work for the employer in the future.