You’re excited about the interview and want to hear back so that you can start. The problem? You haven’t heard back. This is where the delicate balance starts.
Polite inquiries are one thing, but pestering, bordering on harassment is another. Here is a little known tip. Recruiters generally have more than one opening at a time and typically do more than just recruiting. Meaning they have a full plate. Give them some space.
How to Handle It?
After sending your thank you note, if you haven’t heard from them, email or call them after one week. If still no response, then wait another one week and try it again. At that point, the answer is probably no.
In a perfect world, the recruiter would tell you when he or she would be following up and let you know either way. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. Its frustrating, but you can’t dwell on it. Write that employer off and move on.
But I Need a Job
That is not a compelling reason to hire someone. Businesses are not charities. Desperate is not appealing. You need the right job, not any job. Unfortunately job searches are long and are often demoralizing.
Try different options. Call the Chamber of Commerce, contact local government, call friends, check for more job boards, network. Just don’t give up. Next week we’ll look at how social media can help you and then the week after how it can hurt.