Thursday, October 11, 2012

What If You Don’t Get the Call Back?

By Kelsey McWilliams, Marketing Intern at CU-Boulder Career Services

We’ve all experienced the uncomfortable waiting period after submitting an application or sending a resume and cover letter to a company that you’re just dying to work for. But what about after you’ve already had the interview? This silence from a potential employer can be incredibly painful.

The most important thing to remember: don’t freak, but do take action. It’s easier to let your mind run wild with questions... What did I do wrong? Should I have worn that outfit? Did they like another candidate more? Am I unqualified? Don’t let this happen! Keep calm and don’t put words in the employer’s mouth. Instead you should ask yourself several questions...

First, did you follow up? You can’t expect an employer to make the first move after you’ve interviewed. Following up is not an optional gesture; it’s crucial if you’re serious about standing out amongst your competitors. All it takes is a quick email (within 24-48 hours of the interview) thanking the employer for the time they spent with you. These tips about Following Up After a Career Fair can also be applied to job interviews.

Next, was your contact information correct? Candidates often forget to update their contact information on resumes and cover letters – especially when transitioning from college to professional life. Make sure that your email, phone number and address are clearly written on both sheets.

Employers may just be taking their time or testing you. Many employers are curious to see if candidates are truly interested in a certain position, so they may refrain from responding to your first email. Be persistent and show them that you’re the right person for the job.

The other option is that an employer may be waiting to interview more candidates before getting back to you. In this case, make sure to keep yourself on their radar while remaining patient and respectful at all times. You definitely don’t want to annoy them with too many emails.

Finally, the sad truth... it’s possible that they’re just not that into you. If you’re not the right person for them then they are not the right company for you. Remember to keep your head up because there are many other opportunities ahead. If you’re still obsessing over the company, then think about applying for another position that you may be better suited for. Or you can always apply after you’ve gained more experience at another job.

No matter what their reason is for lack of communication, always stay positive. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, so maybe you’ll be receiving a response faster than you know it. Otherwise, another opportunity is sure to present itself.