Job interviews generally suck (for me, anyway). You’re put on the hot seat and grilled for your industry knowledge and experience. And if you’re anything like me, when I’m the centre of attention for more than five seconds, I sweat. Profusely. When the beaded drops aggressively show up as a sweatstashe or roll down the side of my face and leap off my jawline, I know I’m hooped and will probably never hear from the interviewer(s) again. I mean, who wants an uncontrollable sweaty co-worker?
But what’s worse is the mental mind games that come post-interview. You become an overly obsessive, anxious version of yourself that makes you and everyone around you uncomfortable. Your thoughts betray you and play games. These are some of the thoughts that have gone through my head post-interview:
The interviewer didn’t write any notes down during the interview. He never asked for my salary expectations? Ugh, I didn’t get the job. Her body language gave off an ‘I’m not impressed’ vibe. Do I send a thank you email right now? What about a card? It’s been a week and still no answer. How long should I wait to send a follow-up email or phone call? I’ll wait a few more days to follow-up because I don’t want to come across as needy and impatient. It’s been two days since I sent that follow-up email and still no response. They must be busy, right? My email/phone must not be working properly, right?
Maybe I’m naive with how things work in the corporate world, but I always appreciate when a hiring manager sends a follow-up to all the candidates he or she interviewed, even if it’s automated. It gives each candidate an official answer and it shows that the interviewer/company respects each candidate for taking the time to prepare beforehand and meet for the interview.
If I don’t hear from the interviewer at all, I subconsciously blacklist the company and get turned off by them forever. It may be petty, but not following up with interviewed candidates shows more about the company’s priorities than they may realize. And that is something I don’t want to be a part of.
Am I in the wrong? What do you do when you don’t get an answer from a hiring manager? Let me know in the comments below.