Tick, tock goes the clock from the moment of contact with an interviewer until now. A delayed response can send your mind racing to the worst possibilities. Was there food stuck in my teeth? Did I call the interviewer by the right name? To ease your mind a little bit, remember that recruiting is changing drastically as the workforce evolves. Networks are expanding, job markets are becoming more competitive and candidates are more qualified than ever. Employers and hiring managers are being forced to make more strategic decisions about employees which can directly impact their response time. Luckily, here are 10 quick tips to avoid the confusion and frustration of post-interview silence:

  1. Politely request a response date when leaving the interview. After said amount of time has passed, reach out about the hiring or interview status.
  2. Gather as much information as you can about the hiring process for each company in order to be aware of the expected time length. Look to reliable reviews online or ask candidates who have interviewed there before.
  3. When in doubt, set a time frame. Two to three weeks is a fairly reasonable amount of time to wait on a reply before sending an additional follow-up email
  4. Take words with a grain of salt and don’t take time delays too personally. An interviewer may not necessarily follow through with their exact promises, but that doesn’t mean you should get down! Keep your options open.
  5. Be conscious of the fact that interviewers may several candidates to screen, interview and stay in contact with.
  6. According to Glassdoor, on average, each corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes. Of these candidates, four to six will be called for an interview and only one will be offered the job. Competition is fierce, so keep applying to jobs as you wait on replies from companies.
  7. If you have contacts with the company other than the interviewer, use them! This is a great way to get honest answers about the interview process when the silence is lasting too long.
  8. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone if too much time has gone by. The meaning of a phone call can go a long way with employers these days!
  9. Keep your frustrations in your head. You never know who may be listening in on your vent sessions or complaints about the company. Try to stay positive and always speak kind words!
  10. Avoid over-sending messages. After a couple of follow-up emails and/or phone calls, continue on with your job search elsewhere.

Waiting days, weeks or months to hear back from a potential employer can cause major confusion and anxiety. However, preparing yourself ahead of time will prevent too much disappointment. Follow these 10 quick tips and dealing with delayed responses will be a no-brainer! Have more tips about dealing with the post interview silent treatment? Share below: