Interview Feedback. Where is it?

You've just had an interview for a job that you really hope to get.  You walk out the door feeling very optimistic about your prospects.  Prior to the interview, the recruiter had contacted you many times to ensure you were well prepared, told you what to expect at interview, confirmed the location of the interview and even rang you on the morning of the interview to wish you all the success.

It's now been three weeks, going into the forth, since that interview, and it dawns on you that you haven't heard from anyone, not even from your friendly recruiter!  Mind you, you've been busy post interview and time got the better of you, but still, there hasn't even been a courtesy call to tell you how you may have fared.

You reflect upon what you did prior to the interview.  You had spent time on your application, even sought professional advice to prepare one!  You know your resume stood out, because you landed an interview.  You dressed well in the interview - even colour coordinated your attire to suit the company's brand.  And you know you sold yourself well in the interview - all those tools you had available to you to prepare yourself for interview definitely came in handy.


You feel a little peeved at the thought, that even though you put in the effort to get noticed and to land that interview you prepared long and hard for, there has been no feedback. You now feel a little angry and make a quick decision to brush aside this job and you tell yourself, "well, at least I have had interview experience I suppose".


It's much better to know, than to not know and more importantly, you should keep those stakeholders that have been a part of the recruitment process honest, even though you may have to, and in some cases, reluctantly initiate the feedback.


What do you do when you don't hear from anyone after the interview?

No news is good news, right?  Not necessarily.

Swallow your pride and take control of the feedback that you should've been provided with.  Make 'that' courtesy call to the person you have had the most contact with and remind them of when you had the interview and ask why is it taking so long?

Ask them if there is any feedback they can provide you with as well.  If you didn't ask at the interview (which you should've) you must confirm now, how long the process is expected to go for and when you should expect to know if you are successful or not.  Keep them honest and try and lock in a date when they will make contact with you again, even if they are still waiting on information from their client.  Tell them that feedback is important to you as you need to make some career decisions;  you could be currently in a job that you loathe that you are desperate to leave;  you may not be currently employed and you have other jobs that you've applied to that interest you as well, so you need to manage your 'job prospects checklist' and mark off those you haven't been successful with.

Anyway you look at it, if you haven't heard from those that were all over you like a rash before you had that interview, you must hold them accountable to the process by initiating feedback whether you like it or not.


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