de Silvia Mingarelli
As if writing a cover letter, a resume and sending a job application weren’t already nerve-wracking enough; especially if you want to work abroad and you wrote in another language and you do not even instantly, you have to add the horrible waiting for an answer. Has the application been forwarded? Do I stand a chance of getting the job? Will I be called for an interview? And will they notice me? That’s awful, sometimes there is not even the awaited reply…
No feedback is an act of disregard
Normally we have to wait among three to six weeks for an answer; it’s the time our potential employer needs to sift through the received application forms and to evaluate them. However, some companies do not even bother at all to send something like a rejection letter or a scoreboard. No response at all: the candidates are left without knowing. This is not only unprofessional, irresponsible and disrespectful; it tremendously frustrates those affected.
And frustration is surely not the only straightforward reaction people come across. The two-thirds of the highly frustrated ones are likely to come up with entirely different terms that we don’t want to repeat out here as a consideration of respect for younger readers.
Seriously: who deals with the applicants, even if they do not suffice on the job in question, should response in any case, otherwise its corporate image will be damaged. That’s because news gets around on Twitter, on Facebook, in employer review sites, …
What can we do if the employer doesn’t answer my application?
It’s simple: ask. However, that’s easier to say than to do. There is a fine line between reasonable interest and intrusiveness. The demand requires a lot of tact: we don’t want to be intrusive neither desperate.
Humanly, it is perfectly understandable that we are curious to find out what happened to our application or if we’ve got the job. But on the other hand, a recruiter who drowns in obligations and has to ensure all the requirements are met, is overwhelmed with work. Therefore the least pressure helps here: try to become even more empathetic and use the right tactics.
The most important closing tips
Whether and when we do or don’t receive a feedback: carry on! To stake everything on one card would be foolish. Even after a good (in our view) interview, we should continue to apply and attend other job interviews. Firstly, because in this way we keep the initiative. Secondly, because we increase our chances of getting a job.