A reader writes:
I’ve just lately re-entered the job search market on the ripe outdated age of 60. It’s been years, if not a long time, since I final interviewed for a job. I’ve had 5 interviews to date which have gone nowhere. One factor I’ve observed is that even after having an in-person interview, I’m not listening to again from these firms, not even a “thanks however no thanks” reply. I at all times ship a thank-you e-mail to the one who interviewed me inside a day of the interview.
So my query is, when the interviewer asks if I’ve some other questions, can I ask if they are going to let me know, both through e-mail or cellphone name, whether or not or not they are going to be transferring ahead with my utility? Or is that being too pushy and needy?
It’s not that it’s too pushy or needy … though it does subtly change the ability dynamics a bit since within the strongest interviews, you’re each making a choice about whether or not it could be match. However the greater cause to not ask is that it gained’t make a distinction both method.
That is simply the character of job-searching — it’s extremely frequent for interviewers to not trouble getting again to candidates, even in the event you devoted a big period of time to their course of (and even in the event you took break day work or flew throughout the nation). It’s horribly impolite, but it surely’s so frequent that you just’re higher off simply anticipating it to occur.
In the event you particularly ask them to get again to you, practically each interviewer will say that after all they are going to … however a really giant proportion of them nonetheless gained’t. They’ll say they are going to as a result of it appears like the plain reply within the second (in spite of everything, it ought to be the plain reply!) and infrequently they really consider it … after which a number of them gained’t get again to you anyway. Additionally they ignore direct requests for a solution through post-interview emails and cellphone calls, so a request throughout the interview itself shall be simply as ineffective.
In each interview you do, you’re coping with an employer that both does or doesn’t trouble with sending rejections. In the event that they don’t, you’re unlikely to alter that by something you say within the interview. It’s a lot better to your peace of thoughts to simply assume you may be ghosted, after which it may be a nice shock in the event that they do get again in contact with you. I do know that sounds discouraging — you’re supposed to place in all that effort, solely to imagine you’ll by no means hear from them once more? — however it may be actually liberating to decide on to not anxiously wait round on a response which will by no means come.