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How long should you wait for an employer to reply? - March 6th 2015, 04:31 PM

I applied for a summer internship that I'm kind of excited about. It's full time and paid!

I talked to two of the head people of this company during a job fair and we got along very well. I received an email from one of them offering to do a phone interview. Great news, right!?

I gave her the times I'm available, yet it's been the entire week and she hasn't replied to confirm a time. Two of the dates I wanted to speak with her have already passed (Her email came on Tuesday.. I said I was available on Thursday and Friday).

How long should I wait for a reply? I feel a big neglected and that it is unprofessional on their part to make me wait so long. I also believe I'm feeling this way because I'm not too interested in the job itself -- just the money. I need it. And even though I'm not too into the job, it would be good experience.

Do you think I should keep waiting and understand that they can get busy? Or do you think it is better to maybe give it time and if they don't reply, I should move on? I'm applying for other jobs in the meantime just to have options if I end up not getting this.
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Re: How long should you wait for an employer to reply? - March 7th 2015, 05:59 AM

Move on now, dude!

Wait about a week more before completely forgetting about this but don't wait....... well, do wait but while your waiting, don't focus your energy in this, APPLY MORE! It could be a week or two weeks and if you are not applying for other jobs and just waiting, you could be missing a hundred other jobs. (Not an overexaggeration). (Well, that's subjective I guess).

Oh, wait, you are applying for more jobs. YAY, good work!

Open your mind as well, it could be that they have been busy and haven't been able to get through to you on time. It is easy to assume that they have just gotten rid of you but try to think happy thoughts .

Another thing, don't make it personal. Work can be an exceptionally personal thing, your job is PART of what makes you who you are, but managers and companies are not thinking that way. I mean if a company declines an interview, they have probably just found someone else, it's the luck of the draw.

It's business for them, and they have no personal connections to work, they're not dumping you because they want your life to be miserable and want you to avoid having the money for all the concerts and baseball games and access to litres on litres of Vitamin Water that you desire , it's just business, they don't even know you.

I have been jobless now for two years, I have never had a job, so at nineteen and unemployed, I am treated like someone fucking sixty and unemployed. Joblessness is hard, but try to detach the emotion from it, because if you don't, you'll end up with an ulcer. I am surprised, though I have never had an ulcer........... you'll end up with palpitations .

Anyways, keep on keeping on!


P.S. When I said "PART of who you are", I want to emphasise that your job is not you. You don't have a job but you still have a you. Take care of yourself, there are QUADRILLIONS of other things that make you who you are.

P.S.S. Seriously though, Vitamin Water is amazing.

P.S.S.S. When I said "fucking sixty and unemployed", I didn't mean someone who was having sex with the number sixty. If you are having sex with the number sixty, try not to mention it at the interview .

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Re: How long should you wait for an employer to reply? - March 8th 2015, 09:23 PM

It's a tough call because you have to remember that the people who are hiring you are people, not soulless entities, so a lot of what is "best" is up to personal preference. So it's not like you must always follow up or not follow up in some exact amount of time. Showing interest in the job is typically appreciated, however, some people don't want applicants following up to much because some positions are high demand so it could become annoying if 20 applicants are "bugging" them while they try to make a decision.

1) After applying - some positions will explicitly say not to contact and/or that they'll only contact those they wish to interview. Others simply post a deadline (e.g. March 12th). If there is a deadline and no explicit statement that says not to contact, I generally assume it is safe to contact them within around a week of the deadline ending with an email to say something to the effect of:
"Hello [human i applied to], I applied to [what ever the position is] and I would like to take a moment to follow up now that the deadline has passed. I am still interested in the position and I am hoping to discuss it further. Have you made any decisions yet? When can I expect to be contacted for an interview? Best [Your name]

2) After an interview Part 1 - follow up with a thank you email if you can. Something to the effect of "thanks for the interview, it was a pleasure meeting you, I feel really good about the position and I wish you the best of luck making a decision

3) After an interview Part 2 - Honestly, I can usually tell if I will hear from someone again or not, but if you are unsure, you should try to make sure you know when they will be contacting you. I aways make an effort to ask in the interview when they will be making a decision. One time, the person openly told me they were interviewing 2 more people and that they'd call/email in 2 days - I didn't get the job so maybe that was not a good sign. Another time, they said they'd contact me early the next week (the interview was a Thursday or Friday I think) and they did, and I got the position, but I had already accepted a different position (with an extrememly frustrating boss, so crap) So if they say they'll contact me by a certain time, I'll wait until the time has passed and bother them - but that doesn't include the thank you email that I have already sent so yeah. I'd follow up with somthing like "I am still interested in the position. I was wondering if you made a decision yet?"

So I guess there are about 3 times in which I can justify following up. Employers are busy, so maybe they haven't made a decision yet. However, they also understand that a job search is stressful so making you wait can be, well, stressful, so if you follow up, they're going to understand the pressure you feel to know what they're thinking.

Try to avoid phoning. Again, they're busy and don't necessarily want to be interrupted just so you can ask them shit. Unless the connection is made so that you could appropiately phone, always email because that way if you're dealing with the "please don't fucking bug me" types you won't be as intrusive.

Feel free to PM me if you ever need to chat or have questions
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Re: How long should you wait for an employer to reply? - March 10th 2015, 09:44 PM

Thanks for both of the replies And yes, I'm going to simply move on and apply at other jobs because I can't waste time. The employer said they were busy, so I just will take it as that. If they get back to me, I'll surely accept any interview they would offer

Oooh the stress of job searching :P I appreciate the advice so much!!
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