I gave an interview at a company 2 weeks back and they were supposed to get back to me end of last week.Should I followup with them next week, or wait some more time?
There's no good single answer. Maybe you should find and buy a generic book on job searching etiquette and techniques, seriously. It's probably going to depend on the personality of your contact in the company, the company's sense of urgency about filling the job, and the number of other applicants that the company wants to cherry-pick.
Actually, I just re-read your message and it sounds like the company blew its own commitment. Yeah, call them ASAP and remind them that you were looking for a word from them last week.
I haven't had a lot of experience in this industry compared to most of these guys, but I'll say this: Every one of my jobs required me following up. Workplaces can be hectic, to you its a big deal, but unless its a huge company, hiring the "right guy" is just one small part of their job. They probably have a million things to do. In my opinion, a friendly check up phone call can go a long way. As long as you didn't appear desperate in the interview, it says "i'm assertive, responsible, and I want the job".
Dont call and accuse them of not contacting you, tell them that you are following up on your interview and wondering if any decisions have been made yet.
It really stinks. Our HR department has delayed as long as 4-6 weeks gettig back to people, with no reason why they would not reply earlier. Who knows. Its the most inconsiderate thing I can imagine and inexcuseable. I have no good advice on the subject, excpet that they live up the Catbert reputation.
To get my most recent job, I sent a resume in mid-December. I called a week or two later, and finally got from HR the number of the department doing the hiring. Talked to them. A week later, got a call from the boss to set up an interview...for a week after that. After the interview, didn't hear from them, and finally ended up calling once a week just to see if they'd made any decision. Finally got hired no less than THREE MONTHS after I'd originally sent the resume, and two months after the interview.
Well, speaking from the other side of the wall, we put out some adverts for software engineers last November. Having waded through hundreds of (mainly either rubbish or unsuitable) resumes, we found a shortlist of people to interview.
Better than being unemployed...
Sorry if this sounds a bit snide, since I understand where you're coming from, but the following question comes to mind:
It's hard to accept, but we (as employees and future employees) are not, in fact, the customers. Granted, a failure to follow up could mean they suck and aren't worthy of your time, but it could also mean they're incredibly busy. Especially a small place - if they're hiring new people, it means they have more work than they can possibly do with the people they have, so any little thing that the customer might do could get them put ahead of you in line. (Customer = urgent and relatively important, new employee = relatively important but not as urgent.) If it's important to you to find out what was going on / how honest they are, ask after you get the offer.
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