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Old 28th September 2012, 4:14 PM   #1
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Is 3 Business days too long if a employer is interested?

Don't hesitate to give me your honest opinion, no sugar coating

My interview was this past Tuesday, and it lasted 30 mins because she had a meeting but got a positive during the interview and lots of smiling and good eye contact. Before she left she wanted me to give her a writing sample and leave it with the receptionist before I left. I sent a thank you email when I arrived home and I haven't heard anything since. She did mention bringing me back since the initial interview was so short due to her meeting. And before she went into the meeting she gave me her business card with a smile and now I wait for feedback.


So do you think that now that it's been 3 business days and I haven't heard anything that it's a bad sign? Maybe the writing sample made her go in another direction?


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Old 28th September 2012, 7:55 PM   #2
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Hmm they either have other applicants and sometimes you may not hear for a week or more, or they aren't interested. Usually if they are sure they will hire you on the spot, you'll hear right away. But if they're taking awhile due to other applicants, it may be unlikely you'll hear back. I would give them a call and ask the status of the application, then continue looking for other work meanwhile. Never wait to hear back before continuing to look for other work.
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Old 28th September 2012, 8:00 PM   #3
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Hmm they either have other applicants and sometimes you may not hear for a week or more, or they aren't interested. Usually if they are sure they will hire you on the spot, you'll hear right away. But if they're taking awhile due to other applicants, it may be unlikely you'll hear back. I would give them a call and ask the status of the application, then continue looking for other work meanwhile. Never wait to hear back before continuing to look for other work.
^ This.

I usually hear within a week or two, so 3 days is too soon to say one way or the other. But in any case, keep your job hunt going for whatever else you can find, even if this is the one you really want.

In one case with a large corporation it literally took months before they brought me on board after the interview, because they were interviewing hundreds of people for the position and doing background checks on all of them before making their decision.

So take whatever job you can, hope for the best with this one, and if they do call later on you can always switch jobs.
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Old 28th September 2012, 8:05 PM   #4
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Hmm they either have other applicants and sometimes you may not hear for a week or more, or they aren't interested. Usually if they are sure they will hire you on the spot, you'll hear right away. But if they're taking awhile due to other applicants, it may be unlikely you'll hear back. I would give them a call and ask the status of the application, then continue looking for other work meanwhile. Never wait to hear back before continuing to look for other work.
I never call because I don't want to make the conversation arkward for me and the interviewer if asking the status and they chose someone else. I just rely on my common sense and come to the conclusion that if I hear nothing at all by COB Monday then I can move forward and focus on generating more interviews for the new month.

I only followed up one time back in 2005 and the guy on the phone sounded so uncomfortable and told me it was a hiring freeze. Three days later I get a rejection letter. So I avoid calling if I hear nothing after a week.
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^ This.

I usually hear within a week or two, so 3 days is too soon to say one way or the other. But in any case, keep your job hunt going for whatever else you can find, even if this is the one you really want.

In one case with a large corporation it literally took months before they brought me on board after the interview, because they were interviewing hundreds of people for the position and doing background checks on all of them before making their decision.

So take whatever job you can, hope for the best with this one, and if they do call later on you can always switch jobs.
I just wanted to avoid starting a temp job and then they call me once I started. But I may not have to concern myself with that because I haven't heard from that job or the temp agency. The interview for that job was Tuesday and the interview the agency sent me to was thursday
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Old 28th September 2012, 8:08 PM   #6
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Writing sample?
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Old 28th September 2012, 8:09 PM   #7
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You'll only know for sure if you call...and sometimes they will tell you what you won't want to hear. They usually say something like "We already filled the position, but thank you for your interest" or something like that. Not really awkward at all. But at least then you have an answer and can move on. Calling to inquire shows persistence and that you really want the job.
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Writing sample?

Yes the position I was being interviewed for was Job Counselor and she wanted me to write her a sample case note
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Old 28th September 2012, 8:17 PM   #9
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You'll only know for sure if you call...and sometimes they will tell you what you won't want to hear. They usually say something like "We already filled the position, but thank you for your interest" or something like that. Not really awkward at all. But at least then you have an answer and can move on. Calling to inquire shows persistence and that you really want the job.
I don't think someone is sitting there waiting to see how persistent I am so they can pick up the phone and tell me..."We chose you" lol

I rather not hear on a live phone call that I was not chosen and prefer to move on and judge by the amount of time that has passed. So if I'm still wondering by next friday then I won't have to guess anymore


Side Note: I applied for this position on August 1st and wasn't called until September 21st to schedule a interview. So I'm not sure if they just move slow at that place but I had totally forgotten all about the job.
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Old 28th September 2012, 11:30 PM   #10
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I don't think someone is sitting there waiting to see how persistent I am so they can pick up the phone and tell me..."We chose you" lol
Maybe not, but they can either say "we're still interviewing applicants." or "we've already filled the position, but good luck on your job search." and then you have your answer.
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Maybe not, but they can either say "we're still interviewing applicants." or "we've already filled the position, but good luck on your job search." and then you have your answer.
I just wouldn't want to feel like A$$ on the phone if I called and was told the position was filled. I know that would mess up my entire day. LOL

Another Side Note: I have never left a interview feeling good and not got the job. So next week will be very interesting.


All the jobs I didn't get was because I already knew I screwed up in the interview. So this would be the 1st time in life I ever left a interview feeling good and didn't get the job.
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I never call because I don't want to make the conversation arkward for me and the interviewer if asking the status and they chose someone else. I just rely on my common sense and come to the conclusion that if I hear nothing at all by COB Monday then I can move forward and focus on generating more interviews for the new month.
Wow. How incredibly short-sighted of you and lacking in "common sense!"

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I just wouldn't want to feel like A$$ on the phone if I called and was told the position was filled. I know that would mess up my entire day. LOL
So what? You really need to be more forthright about your interest in the job by putting yourself forward and not worrying "about your day."



Seriously - and I don't mean this as insulting as it is going to come out - are you this dense about job-hunting? It takes a LOT of follow-up and work.

You have already said you applied for the job at the beginning of August and it took this long to get to an interview point - and you expect them to wrap things up in three days???

I applied for two different jobs in July and am just now in negotiations with both of them. I have interviewed with no less than eight people in each firm and still don't expect to have it wrapped up for another week or so.

Why are you so dead-set on exploring the possibility with this job and making the phone call? Because you don't want bad news? Bad call, Dude... If it IS bad news, you need the feed-back on WHY. You need to be polite and thank them for their time and consideration and inquire if there are positions in the future, might you be considered for them. THAT is how you get closure; not your half-assed "common sense."
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Old 29th September 2012, 2:51 PM   #13
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Wow. How incredibly short-sighted of you and lacking in "common sense!"


So what? You really need to be more forthright about your interest in the job by putting yourself forward and not worrying "about your day."



Seriously - and I don't mean this as insulting as it is going to come out - are you this dense about job-hunting? It takes a LOT of follow-up and work.

You have already said you applied for the job at the beginning of August and it took this long to get to an interview point - and you expect them to wrap things up in three days???

I applied for two different jobs in July and am just now in negotiations with both of them. I have interviewed with no less than eight people in each firm and still don't expect to have it wrapped up for another week or so.

Why are you so dead-set on exploring the possibility with this job and making the phone call? Because you don't want bad news? Bad call, Dude... If it IS bad news, you need the feed-back on WHY. You need to be polite and thank them for their time and consideration and inquire if there are positions in the future, might you be considered for them. THAT is how you get closure; not your half-assed "common sense."

There is also another option of just going by the time frame of not hearing anything. And I believe I stated I sent a thank you letter after the interview so as a unemployed I don't want to look too desperate especially when she knows I don't have a job. So i have to make it look like I have other options to maintain my appeal as a job candidate. So that's how I get closure from job interviews. And I guess I expected to hear something by Friday because of the fact she

1. Mentioned bringing me back because of the interview being shortened due to her meeting

2. The writing sample she wanted me to give her and leave with the receptionist


So that was the only reason but like I said this upcoming week for me will let me know everything I need to know.
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Yes, you have a point about not wanting to seem desperate as the primary goal is selling yourself...you want to make them pick you over other candidates. However A follow up call to inquire about the status is sufficient. I know from experience, continuously "nagging" on them with constant phone calls won't help. BUT showing interest by following up after the interview is a big PLUS. You see it wherever job tips are....never forget to follow up after an interview if you really want the job.
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I don't want to look too desperate especially when she knows I don't have a job.
It is not called desperation. It is called follow-through.

And just because they say "three days," doesn't mean they are able to meet their own deadlines.

I had one company tell me on Monday that they were going to submit an offer and hoped to have it to me by Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest. Well, it didn't come in until late Friday afternoon. But if I had gone by your logic of "common sense," I would have "written them off" by Wednesday, huh?

You have to play their game and cow-tow to the procedures and game-playing of job hunting. It is partly a game and by your obstinance and self-entitlement, I can see why you are having difficulties in getting a job.
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