nedsaid wrote: 2015 wrote:
nedsaid wrote:It is really appalling how poorly companies treat their job candidates. Most of the time when you don't make the cut, you never hear back. Just silence. To me, that is incredibly rude particularly when they say they will get back to you. Even finalists for a job are met with silence if not selected. It is also a signal that it is still an employer's market out there. They can still pick and choose from among their candidates. The 5% unemployment number that is cited is just not true, we are not at full employment as some economists claim.
As an applicant
, you should only expect to receive an email acknowledging an organization has received your application. Once you're invited to be interviewed, you've become a "candidate", and are probably in the top 5 or top 3, and an effective organization/hiring manager should be treating you with greater deference. Once interviewed and not selected, you can expect at least a (gracious) email regurgitating the usual "we have a selected a candidate whose qualifications more closely fit our needs", or other such mind-numbing nonsense (but at least they got back to you). I'm sorry, but efficient/effective managers should not be spending their time calling candidates who weren't selected when a properly crafted email will suffice. Once selected, any hiring manager who knows what he's doing will ensure your process of integration into the organization is thorough, gets you off to a good start, and sets you up to win. If he's got a sickly HR department that fails to support him sufficiently---and there are many--this integration process just might not happen. At that time, it's your job to integrate yourself.
Efficient and effective individuals conducting a job search should not be wasting more time than necessary on any individual organization prior to a show of serious interest. The interviewing game, which is really nothing more than a sales game, should be viewed as strategically as possible. Otherwise, you're in danger of wasting your precious and limited emotional, psychological and physical energy during a job search. It is and will remain an employer's market, as well as a winner takes all market. Your job as an applicant is to position yourself as the solution to whatever problem the employer/hiring manager is trying to solve through hiring. The way to do this is to find out as much as possible whatever issue is attempting to be solved. This is accomplished by respectfully asking questions during the interview regarding what the manager is trying to change, add, or improve
, and then matching your applicable
past accomplishments where you made things better, faster, cheaper, or newer (implemented new processes). Then, once hired, keep your promises, add value, and continue to add your accomplishments to your resume. Approach the entire process no less than strategically at all times. Don't "get a job", take one.
After interviews, sometimes I hear back and sometimes not. Sometimes you don't even receive an e-mail, just silence. If an interviewer says they will get back to you, they should mean what they say. A gracious e-mail from the hiring manager will suffice but quite often you don't hear anything at all. This is not unusual.
It's a cliche, but a serious job search should be treated like a job, where you research opportunities, apply, interview, network, attend job fairs, send thank you letters, etc., doing as many of these things as possible to fill every day for at least Monday-Friday. A serious job search involves interviewing with several companies at once, and having many balls in the air. You wait for no one, immediately interviewing with the next targeted organization, sometimes scheduling two (three even) in the same day.
BTW, you never "interview", you are making a sales call, and the objective of each "interview" is to close that sale. You actually have two divisions: marketing and sales. Your marketing division consists of your cover letter/resume. The biggest waste of time I've seen people do is to do "targeted resumes" and redo their resume over and over. Waste of time. If you know your field well enough you should be able to craft a resume that checks all the boxes--and, most importantly, gets response
s. Your cover letter/resume should be so good that you get immediate responses after posting. The only purpose of a resume is to get an interview. Nothing more. Your cover letter, OTOH, is always targeted, specific to any desired qualifications listed in the job posting.
Your sales division is your interviewing. Your objective at each step is to move further. If the position requires a phone screen, you objective is to perfect your responses to the point where phone screens lead to an interview 99% of the time. The objective of your first interview is to be called back for the next, and then the next interview, etc. If you are not in the top three, ideally two, candidate pool for positions you are applying for in targeted organizations, you have not perfected your interviewing/sales techniques sufficiently. Once you become one of the top three candidates, it's not much different than a beauty contest at that point, and trying to "understand" why you weren't selected is a big waste of time (Moon's in Sag? Mercury's in retrograde?). This is the reason you should be interviewing with as many targeted organizations simultaneously as possible. Who cares if an organization get back to you--you've already moved on. Until you get that offer letter in hand offering you the position, you are loyal to no one but yourself.