Why Don’t Employers Call You Back?

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employersdontgetbackOf all the complaints we hear from job seekers, one of the most popular is, “Employers never call me back.” They say that not receiving any communication makes them think their application materials weren’t received, and it’s frustrating. After an interview, they expect to hear something, even if it’s bad news. They just want to know, one way or the other, if they might be in the running for the position.

It’s a valid frustration and one that we’re all familiar with. It’s understandable that employers are swamped with applications, especially because they’re getting up to 75 resumes for a single position. Job seekers get that they can’t always respond to every single applicant…but to never so much as e-mail or call someone back after an interview?

Our sister blog, The Hiring Site, decided to help us out with this question by asking their audience of employers to give us the low-down on why this might happen. Last week, we got an answer that was worthy of telling you, as it was filled with sound advice.

HRPro gave this response:

“Job searchers, please understand that hiring managers and HR professionals are receiving 10times the amount of resumes than they would have a year or two ago. Their time is spread thin and it is difficult to respond to each resume or application. Don’t expect to hear from every company that you’ve applied. The position may have filled and the manager has moved on.

If you interview for a job, though, a good hiring manager will always follow up. Additionally, be mindful of several things.

  1. First, don’t apply for a job for which you clearly are not qualified.
  2. Second, prepare for your interview. If you know nothing about the company you are interviewing with, it’s an immediate red flag to the hiring manager.
  3. Finally, if a hiring manager indicates that she will contact you in two weeks and you have not heard from her, you should follow up with her. It may be that the process is taking longer than she expected. Remember, two years ago, job seekers were particular about the jobs they would accept. Today, managers are trying to find the “perfect” candidate rather than settling on a candidate.”

So there you have it. What do you think, job seekers?

Also, read this article by Anthony Balderrama to gain some more insight on the topic.

223 Comments
  1. In terms of answering applicants people would appreciate ever a standard email. The only thing the company has to do is sending a generic email for all the unwanted applicants.

    • I agree =) Generic email is the best way. Especially now that all applications are being done online. It should be as quick as clicking an “enter” button =)

    • I agree that generic e-mails would be appropriate. If the employers call people for interviews, then at least have enough respect FOR the applicant to shoot them a quick e-mail.

    • I had a telephone interview, then had to email back a math assessment, then off for a site interview. I do know that there were 4 of us for the site interviews which were completed 10 days ago-this for a position that was to start 10/1…I, to my knowledge was the only individual not working which they liked bcause I could start right away. Sent the HM (HR did not get involved) 2 emails and left one vm message-nothing…I would expect at least an email…I know it’s an ‘EMPLOYERS MARKET’ but was about respect and dignity?? I was totally qualified for this job-and not knowing what went wrong, how can I correct for the next interview??

  2. Pity on the poor understaffed HR departments. Weren’t they the dynamic behind lean operations? Well understaffed is the working definiton of lean. Other departments that have unproductive employees terminate them. All in the need to find the “perfect” candidate.

  3. I work in recruiting and make an effort to reply to almost all received resumes for positions…however, a few things that irritate me: As mentioned, people who apply when they are CLEARLY not qualified (eg, we are looking for someone with 7+ years exp and someone applies who has one year, but is a “quick learner.”) Another is when we state that only local applicants will be considered because it will require 2-3 in-person interviews, normally with a cpl of days notice. I will then receive resumes from everywhere in the country. If you are a 5 hour flight away, are you really going to fly here 3 times on your own dime to interview??? That being said, I keep a list of everyone I need to touch back with and try to keep everyone in the loop, and also always send an email acknowledging receipt of resume, unless the candidate has committed one of the above sins.

    • Jennifer, You guys are asking people to be open-minded and yet you keep your sight short. You word “If you are a 5 hour flight away, are you really going to fly here 3 times on your own dime to interview???” You need to understand that the candidate maybe exploring a relocation and need that job to complete the process. As long as the applicant is qualified to be in the short list of candidates, you should contact the applicant. It is up to the applicant to fall short by not honoring the interview schedule. You guys are so small minded.

      • I agree
        Bottom line its just common courtesy to call applicants back and not just assume
        You HOUR people will eventually get yours

      • I agree Penick! You HR people should consider the employee as long as they are qualified. Who are you to determine whether this person wants to fly for the interview or not? Obviously the candidate is NOT stupid enough to apply for a position that they can’t interview for. Have some respect for the applicant and consider them when they apply. If they can’t meet your dumb interview requirements, then you can cross them off your list!

      • Jennifer, that is quite ridiculous. When a person applies for a job in another state, say 5 hours away, how they plan to get to the interview, leave that up to them. They may have been planning a relocation to that part of the country for a while, and the only piece of the puzzle remaining is the job offer. I’m ok with not hearing back after an application, but once an interview has been conducted, it is simple good business practice to contact the list of candidates who did not get the offer even with a generic email or letter, and thank them for considering your company.

      • I agree. I am trying to relocate from New York to where it’s less expensive to live. I guess you have a strike against you because you may live too far. But really, only a couple days notice is sometimes hard to people to do even if they live nearby (getting time off if they work, etc.)

      • I hate it when even jobs like Americorps, do this to me; assume that I must be so stupid that I don’t know that I applied for a job in another state. They’re either morons (likely) or they assume that the APPLICANT is. I wouldn’t want to work for any dummy that said that kind of thing to me – and even with the Americorps ones, I get a lot of “stay where you are, we don’t want you coming out here” kind of replies. Worded more politely than that, of course. And the Americorps is something that is SUPPOSED TO take people from other parts of the country and have them experience something outside “their own backyard” – and this is as a program. It’s insane to hear that rubbish from them of all places, it’s as if the Peace Corps stopped taking people in countries they weren’t already IN.

    • I am in the same position and my peeve is when the same applicant calls you 50+ times a day over and over without leaving a voice mail. I have caller ID and if I am with a client or have someone in my office for work related issues I can’t always pick up the phone. I see the same names/numbers pop up no less than 25 times a day when I speak with these people I clearly state I will call them when I know more, or I have an answer to their question. People obviously do NOT know how to follow directions.

  4. As someone who has used lean manufacturing to gain large efficiencies, I would politely disagree with Bruce’s definition of lean. IMHO it’s more about getting rid of the wastes that can be brought about by disorganization, outdated processes, lack of cross-training, etc.

    I can appreciate how busy HR is with today’s job market. My experience with the follow-through has been mixed. Some companies have updated me after the interview, but others have not given me any information, not even after I checked in with them after the date I was given has passed.

    Not sure what to make of it when I have followed steps 1, 2, and 3, but I don’t hear anything.

    • The simple fact is there is NO excuse why any HR person should not call back an applicant who interviewed and is OWED a response. It is simply piss-poor selfish HR management and a BIG problem in todays marketplace. The HR people seem to be on some kind of high as they “control” another persons life. It has NOTHING to do with the amount of people they see or the job market, it has to do with them being a polite and responsible HR manager — most are anything but.

      So to everyone who did not get a response from the wannabe HR “manager” after the interview, just ask yourself, would you really want to work for a company who treats people like that? Imagine what hell you would be in for- if you were hired!

      The only excuse is, they are not really managers, just impolite and ignorant little people on a power trip who soon enough will be on the other end – thats what they don’t realize yet.

      • I AGREE ….a a person s interviewed they should be notified once the position has been filled. Some of these recruitments involve months of applicant participation…then to hire and just say nothing to the applicant is RUDE and unprofessional. Notify anyone who interviewed..it is the right thing.

      • I agree with this 100%. I’m currently unemployed and I’m still looking. I never seem to get a call back and at times you’re told to don’t call the company. It’s ridiculous.

        • I agree with you both 100%. Professionalism is the key, since we the candidates has delivered our side of the bargain – Managements should realize they too owe their candidates. It is not good to torture somebody – i think this should be considered emotional abuse (hehehee – I’m just kidding ofcourse, but with some truth in it right?)

      • I agree with you totally. It’s rude for them not to call or send an email. I know they have form emails, not time consuming at all. It’s pure laziness and I’m tired of the hiring practices going on now. They are letting good candidates get away.

  5. I understand no sending messages to applicants who send resumes. What I do not understand is not replying back to messages AFTER an interview and AFTER the timeframe a decision would be made. If a decision is taking longer than expected, why don’t hiring managers/HR email/phone the candidate to let them know that? Maybe the applicant can provide additional information to help sway them or at the very least be informed of the process. The hardest part of interviewing is the silence. Even when I have emailed/phoned the company after an appropriate time frame, I sometimes get silence. Anybody shed light on this?

    • AD,

      First and foremost, dont take it to your heart. It is like fishing, sh.. you get one fuc…. you didnt. Well dont set fire and go fishing. What I am saying is that “Dont set expectation, just keep moving until you get one because you will.

  6. Years ago, I had an interview with a company and the woman I spoke to told me they would make a decision by X date. A week or so after that date had passed, I called her and she said that they hadn’t made a decision yet. Okay, no problem…things happen, I get that. What I didn’t get was the letter I received a day later, that was dated a few days before saying the position had been filled. Why couldn’t she just tell me that on the phone? That kind of behavior baffles me.

  7. HR managers don’t call you back because it’s easier not to. Having had no success applying for jobs I was overqualified for, I began applying for jobs I was underqualified for. If HR reps told people who have all the qualifications why they weren’t hired, they might not pester other HR people with application for jobs they’re not qualified for. As a (former) job seeker, it’s hard to have sympathy for the overly full email inbox of HR people.

  8. If you haven’t heard anything after following up (politely) 2 or 3 times, move on. Don’t get caught up in the waiting game for the ‘perfect job’. I hate that recruiters don’t get back with candidates, but it happens. Keep yourself moving forward and not looking back.

    One comment to MH – why would you apply for jobs you were over/under qualified for? Why not apply for jobs at the right level? I don’t understand the rationale.

    Steph (Recruiter w 10 years of experience)

    • On behalf of MH: You apply for EVERY job you can find a listing for. I have over 10 years experience in my field, but since Admin Support is not hiring at this time, one cannot be picky.I am currently applying for janitorial.

      • I agree! At some point, one starts having to apply for positions one is way overqualified for-unless one wants to sit around for the next several years completely unemployed. For those of you who aren’t disabled, be thankful. It is amazing how discriminatory HR personnel become (and believe me, you know when they are!) the minute they set eyes on anyone with a cane or a wheelchair. I have been applying for positions that I was most definitely qualified for and the minute they set eyes on me I knew I wasn’t going to be hired.

        • Funny, I feel the same way about being a non-white minority. It sometimes goes all well and good until they lay eyes on me. Then, that’s all she wrote. Thanks for stopping by. Etc, etc.

  9. Is it any surprise that employers don’t call back? Forget about a response to a job application for a moment. What if you’re absent from work and you leave a message for your employer to call you, do they? Or, if your name is not on a schedule to work and you call your employer, does your employer call back? The answer is no they don’t. The reason is generally because the employer doesn’t want you working for them. So does it really surprise you if you don’t get a call back when you submit an application for employment? If you want the job or you want to keep your job, be agressive but courteous, and call, don’t wait for things to happen or life will pass you by. And if possible, go see them in person.

  10. It all goes back to good manners. Remember those? Not many people do. Job Seeker: after an interview, send a short, handwritten thank you note. Just because the HR department does not value good manners is no reason you should behave like a buffoon. Your note may trigger a long ago memory of a parent who stressed civil behavior. Your note is your vote for a more civil society.

    • Having also been an HR assistant in the not to distant past, I can tell you from experience (at least at my previous company) that sending a thank you note now is probably a waste of time. They don’t bother to read them anymore. They are too busy with other things, like not responding to your enquiries to why in the world after interviewing you they are too rude to give you an answer-any answer!!

  11. How do you explain after the interview when the recruiter who sent you on the interview won’t return phone calls and emails three weeks later?

    Then to cap that off to see the position you interviewed for is re advertised after your two hour interview with the hiring manager?

  12. Jennifer, I can respect what you are saying and where you are comming from. My standpoint is this, for the applicants that are qualified, pre-screened, and initially interviewed. It takes time to prepare,coordinate attire, gas, and time, on the part of the applicant. Then to be placed in a psych evaluation for 30 to 50 minutes. At least have a email sent to that person, so they can move on if they were not chosen from your company to move forward with.

  13. I have no experience as far as microsoft office is concern. I grew up in academic environement where I was not lucky to learn any computer skill at all. Nevertheless, Ilearned french language and two african dialects including English. Untill up to last year, I was working for Immigration service as translator & Interpretor in Immigration court while, I was attending Paralegal/Litigation classes in New york Paralegal school for two years. I graduaded there. Also, received my Bachelor degree prior immigrating to USA. I am a US citizen with a good moral& caractere. But I tried as much as could, I can’t find a job. What is my option and advice I can possibily from you. I have five children all uner thirteen year of age who desperately count on their dady to put foot on the table.
    Thak for the opportunity.
    Best regards!
    Sincerly, Sylla.
    N.B : As might notice, I can’t even create my own webside.

  14. I would think a good applicant tracking system would handle under/over experienced applicants as well as other criteria in weeding them out automatically. Additionally, a good ATS should offer easy response mechanisms. So in this day in age, it should be know excuse not to get back to the job seeker.

    This coming from someone who help create an web recruiting solutions back in 1997 which became a part of Webhire ATS and is now part of Kennexa.

    Funny thing though, I get more response from companies that don’t use ATS systems than do.

    Note: I have not been affiliated with the companies mentioned for some time.

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  17. I can understand not responding to every single resume that’s emailed in from a job board posting or something similar. However, when an employer calls someone to come in and interview and then puts the applicant through an interview process, the employer SHOULD follow-up with the decision, regardless of whether it’s good or bad.

    I hear from people all the time about going through an interview process and being told “we’ll let you know by such and such date”. Then silence. Then more silence even after the applicant contacts them.

    I was subjected to this behavior myself. I interviewed at a well known corporation. I had interviews all morning with 5 different people. Then scurried home to be available for a phone interview later that afternoon with someone out of state. I was told that it would be “a week or two” before they made a decision. So, I waited. After the “week or two” I contacted their recruiting officer. No response. I waited a couple of days and then contacted her again. I got a “I was out of the office on Monday” (by now it was Thursday). Then told “they decided to proceed with another candidate”. I was very close to giving her a piece of my mind and say something like “You know, considering everything I went through to interview for this position, the LEAST you could do is to give me the common courtesy of a phone call.” But I didn’t. I took the high road and simply thanked her and the company for considering me. But when an HR department acts like that, it’s hard not to look on that company in a negative way.

    Middle management in corporate America is so afraid of any “confrontation”, they can’t even treat people like people anymore. They SHOULD call or at the very least send a letter in the mail (not email) to everyone who came in to go through a series of interviews.

    It’s incredibly frustrating.

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  19. there just a bunch of wankers not gewtting back to u i dont want to here any lame exscuses sticking up for theses people an email a phone call take seconds to do id rather no one way or the other than nothing.

  20. I am currently waiting for the post interview call back from a large bio tech company. They informed me they would contact me by next week, but I have yet to hear from them despite 2 polite followup messages to their HR department. I have been on pins and needles all weekend.

  21. I think employers not sending out any yes or no is totally ok for me. If I don’t hear any responses in a week after the interview, I automatically knew that I won’t be considered. But, it is not always the case. I used to interview with a company and the manager said that he definitely wants me back. But, I didn’t hear anything. After a month, this company called me and said they have a great position just suits my requirements. It was soo great.

    The thing I hate the most is in San Jose areas. I just moved here. I am just scared how rude people here can be. The hiring mangers are even more weird. One hiring manager called me up on a weekend night around 8pm. A few of them calls me and said they will return my call in 15 minutes or later, but NEVER DID. When I called back, they were like, “oh…you know, I’m so sorry, I am just soo busy” then gave me a shit like interview. Why I say SHIT like? Because the questions they asked were not related to the list of requirements or just not even in the field of the job I applied for. I really wanted to know what is wrong with people in San Jose areas??!!! Stop harassing candidates, we JUST WANT TO LOOK FOR A JOB.

  22. Here is another weird San Jose hiring manager. This hiring manager called me and said she would like to test me on several questions on my field. After a few questions, I realized that she is someone who knows nothing about the field, she is just following maybe an answer sheet on her table. When she asked me a very simple questions with plenty of possibilities. I gave her a less common answer and she completely confused herself and said I was wrong. Any beginner in this field would know that it is impossible that my answer is wrong. Then I asked her to pull up web sites to verify my answer and kinda educate her that she confused herself. I basically answered all her questions correctly, but I didn’t hear anything from her. Actually, I don’t want to hear from her. This is the type of hiring manager I hate. I only experienced these weird people in San Jose.

  23. If a potential employee send an email to HR requesting a response or update, it would be very professional to send a response. Also, employers should stop placing unnecessary requirements the have nothing to do with the jobs, such as education that have nothing to do with th jobs.Employers need to think if the shoe was on the other foot and they were the person applying for the job, how would they want to be treated

  24. I was unemployeed for almost 2 years. I reside in San Diego and traveled at the company’s expense to Tampa, Cleveland and Dallas on Job interviews. Upon ariving back home following the interview I sent off an e mail thanking for the opportunity and look forward to hearing back from the company. On all three occassions I did not get any type of communication from the company I interviewed with, not an e mail, letter or phone call.

  25. Yes, THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT.

    And when the job description lists 30-40 duties. That is when I exit and go on to another job posting. EMPLOYERS GET SO DEMANDING.

  26. Another very strange interview I went to. This employer requested me for an in person interview. I prepared and took a long time to reach the place. One the interviewers told me he doesn’t have much time to interview me. Another interview talking on the cell phone regarding his personal issue while interviewing me. I mean if you don’t have time, then don’t ask me to be prepared and come to the office. I so regret moving here to CA. I have great qualifications, I have turned down two offers in my previous resident state. ARE THERE ANY NORMAL COMPANIES AND PEOPLE IN THE BAY AREAS??????

  27. I am on the job hunt and had a really good phone interview, with another phone interview immediately set up with a specific date and time, and the hiring manager never called. I followed up with a call and email, and still I’ve heard nothing. Frustration!! Unfortunately, despite the lack of professionalism, I still am very interested in the position. What do I do?

    • You have a probleme – you are the kind of people who lack respect for yourself causing these employers not to show respect to us. There are many others places with the same type of job you can work for and feel good about it. Move the fuc. on

    • Same here, 3 years and still counting. I gave up looking. No point, i figure this is called the “long vacation.” And remember, its when you begin to enjoy that time off is when they will call. It always happens like that. Someone sees you enjoying your life and they want to have what you have. Thrive and flourish in the time away from work. Remember, the people who were consisted workers back in the day were the slaves.lol

  28. I recently interviewed with Oce Business Services. I will say it was a horrible unprofessional experience. What the interviewer doesn’t know is that I have contacts with clients that he works with and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate letting them know about my experience when I am able.

    Networks and contacts can sometimes reach far and wide.

  29. The statement listed above would hold water IF it were true. Even prior to our current economic crisis many companies especially in retail wouldn’t give you the time of day. Filling out application & uploading resume’s via personal or even their own corporate computors/kiosk definately did not mean you received a rewsponce. Very few maybe 4% sent a courtesy e-mail back stating “Sorry you meet our qualifications But someone more qualified received the position. This allows both myself & them to move on. After all it’s paperless & could be done in some type of standard form.

  30. im also waiting for a call from the person who interviewed me(HR). she told me that she likes the way i answer all the questions and the confidence that i have…the interview went really well, she interviewed me for 50 minutes and i feel so confident about it..she told me that i’ll hear from her the next day to schedule for a second interview.i didnt call them the next day (friday) i decided not to coz ill just wait ti’l monday, i called her and left a message but she didnt call me back, i give her a call last tuesday, somebody answered the phone and she told me that the HR is with a customer and busy that time, i understand that part, the lady ask me if i want to leave a message, and i told her that i call to follow up my application, she told me that they havent hired anybody yet. i felt relieved, but at the same time wondering if its true that they havent decided yet coz as what ive heard, some will tell the applicants that they havent decided who to hire yet but actually they’ve filled that position already..
    im still waiting for their call..do u think the hr is just busy not to call me back or they have filled the position already?

    • I have had that happen a lot. You think the interview went well and they insist they WILL call you no matter what. They initiate it, you do not press them for a phone call and still…. NOTHING. I mean, I don’t expect to hear anything when I know the interview was a disaster (i.e. when two words are exchanged just before they bum rush me out the door because they realize I am in my 40′s…. like at Complus Data in Tarrytown).

      When THAT happens I don’t get mad I get even by posting this kind of stuff on sites like this one.

  31. Employers who do not respond are just rude…I love how this article twists the blame around to the applicant. If someone takes the time to send you a resume by any method (snail mail, email etc.) the employer should take the time to respond. With technology today it is even easier to respond. I used to work for a college and we not only responded to all the job applicants but we also sent them brochures about our college. I remember sending out 150 at once…this was in 1988…we used data bases and mail merge then duh!…My daughter just applied and was interviewed for a job at a very good college in Philadelphia…she contacted the interviewer several times …months later still has not heard…I think Employers like this should be exposed to all..Maybe we need to embarass them into being polite.

  32. I am in agreement with the above letters, we should expose the inconsideraate jerks. Amd while I am at it I want to congratulate those of you who got to HR. Let me clarify, if you made it to the company and used their Human Resources department. Times have changed amd recruiting has been outsourced, some companies don’t want to bother with screening their own people. THIS IS THE REASON THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS SO HIGH. The agemcoes have these dim witted airheads who are paid by the number of people they sucker out of a resume. Next, the majority of them are clueless, they cannot think outside of the box, if your skills are not what the employer has on the requisition EXACTLY, they cannot conceptualize and see how the job that you applied for, (you thought you had the qualifications) and your experience, though it might be broader, would make a fit.
    They tend to overscreen. And those dumb ass questions they ask, Tell me about a time when you……., if I hear that again I am going to scream.
    I would name some of these agencies, but I hate to be blacklisted. But one begins with an A. and their sales force is earning their fat salaries, money that could be used to Keep More People working. They are recruiting for everyone, I am leary of working for a company who cannot seek their own talent, I learned that not all companies are equal. well I will write more later.

  33. Job and interview rejection letters and calls can be puzzling. Sometimes the recruiter doesn’t know the real reason why the hiring manager chose a different candidate. Other times, they know the reason, but fearing legal liability, they cannot say it. And probably the most important reason of all, recruiters hate delivering bad news, worried that candidates will get upset, angry — or ask more questions on why they didn’t get the job.

    Talk to us. We’ve developed an “Interview Rejection Report.” The report will tell you your interview shortcomings are and provide specific suggestions for improvement.

    To learn more: http://blog.seattleinterviewcoach.com/2009/09/find-out-why-employers-dont-call-you.html

    - Seattle Interview Coach

  34. People appply for jobs they are over/ under qualified for because, in case you haven’t noticed, the “perfect” job is not out there. You have to throw your hat in the ring. In this economy people are willing to take jobs they are underqualified for or apply to jobs that they could do but they might not have evey listed qualification. Just because you didn’t have the money to get an MBA doesn’t always mean you’re not qualified. Also, unemployment requires people to apply for at least 2 jobs a week. So they have to apply for something even if they may not be qualified for it.

    • No, in California it’s FIVE. Five per week, whether you’re qualified or not, is what it amounts to. You’d quickly run out of things you were actually perfectly qualified to do, to apply for, and yet you still need your unemployment check and the “free” roof over your head that THEY’RE paying for. No, in San Francisco you have to bust your butt applying for just any and every job you can find listed anywhere, just to keep your bed at the homeless shelter, and if not, they cut you and you’re out on the streets. No matter what that kind of relentless applying and silent rejection does to your health and state of mind. Which then leads to – it’s a good thing that hypertension and stroke medications are free through Healthy San Francisco. You need them – because the City has driven you TO needing them.

  35. They should respond.
    Here’s one of my experiences.
    Sent my resume – went in for an interview over 1 hour – paid to park downtown – took a test that was supposed to take 45 minutes and aced it in under 15 minutes. Here I stand still unemployed with them, I have what they want and they aren’t even paying attention. It’s beyond frustrating to continue repeating this. The worst place I interviewed sent me through 3 interviews, introduced me to the entire office then AT LEAST sent me a no letter. They wasted time I could have been searching for others that are interested. Be thankful on this holiday if you have one thing A JOB!!!
    I can’t even get unemployment and will be lucky if I eat in the next 2 weeks.

  36. I got laid off in July and 5 months later still unemployed. Since I got laid off I started looking for a job right away. I landed my first interview in September, second in October, third in November, and last one just before Christmas. Not bad, heh? Except that non of them called me back after the interview. I called all of them several times, and haven’t heard a word. Oh, wait, I have recieved a rejection letter recently from the interview from September. It is very frustrating, because the interviews go really well, they seem like they like me and that I qualify for the job. But I am also noticing thins awfull pattern: “You are so wonderful, we will contact you next week..” and then there is silence. How a jobseeker to deal with it??

  37. One question…. In college or university are HR managers told to ignore their applicants? I should think NOT!!! So stop feeling sorry for them. They were the one’s who chose their careers… so they should be able to deal with it.

  38. I am the Adam from the October 5th post.

    I got a call back 4 months after my second interview with Phamatech (the large bio-tech firm). The HR department informed me that they had a job opening and wanted to have a telephone interview the following day at 9am. The HR representative asked me if I would be available to start the day after the interview, to which I replied “Yes!”.

    Phamatech did not call me for the 9:00 interview, nor did they call me the next day with an explanation/reschedule. Over the next two weeks I left a friendly voice-mail and sent 2 or 3 polite emails asking about the position. I finally received a phone call from the HR representative who told me that they were no longer hiring, but that they would keep my resume on file.

    I asked them not to keep my resume on file.

  39. I look at it this way: do I really want to work for a company that doesn’t have good manners? Then, I remember the company and endeavor to never become their customer if at all possible.

    However, if I really want the job, I make sure to mail a ‘Thank You’ card as quickly as possible. (E-mails and phone calls are too easily ignored.) I know I’ve gotten two or three jobs because of that.

  40. i see why theres so many posiitons that are unfilled because of dumb hr people etc…. lots of people go to college and seem to not find a job not even in the mall and yet these jobs have the nerve to have over the top standards for a position that doesnt pay much. hr etc needs to STOP BEING LAZY AND START TRAINING PEOPLE!!!! or your company will be the next to go out of business!!!!!

  41. HR managers should not reply to everyone that applies, but they should reply to those who have interviewed.

    Why is it in my last phone interview the HR associate asked me what my ending pay was for every job on my resume going back over 10 years? How is that relevant to my qualifications and skills of today? Also, I would like to start more controversy by saying, isn’t it odd that the vast majority of HR workers are WOMEN! We need more men in this field.

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  44. HR people who almost all are female tend to be incompetent. Why believe the explanation that HR is much busier than two years ago so therefore they cannot call back is bull.They did not call back 5 years ago, come on. They probably call back the women but not men. They interview applicants for jobs that they never performed and know nothing about. Poor little HR people having to work. I will do your job and call back people. 2008 MBA and no job- horsecrap society.

  45. I agree- sick and tired of dealing with women HR personnel. The first problem you deal with is how hard should you shake their hand? You do not want to hurt a women. But you can be performing great in the interview and speaking the language of the position, accounting, finance, procurement etc and the HR person is clueless. They usually have never performed any other job and you wonder how the hell will you ever get a freakinj job. To many woman in the workforce.

  46. I feel everyone’s pain regarding employers who do not contact applicants after interviewing for a position. I work in social services and a lot of non-profit agencies appear to be totally unfamiliar with standard etiqutte. I’ve even had second interviews with non-profits and heard nothing back regarding their decision. I make one follow-up contact but if my efforts to follow-up are ignored, I move on. It’s sad but civility is all but gone from modern society.

  47. I looked for a job through CareerBuilders for over a year and a half and of all the resumes I sent out, I never got the FIRST call or response from ANY of them. Luckily I was able to secure a job through personal networking. Not the best job or the ideal job, but a job nonetheless.

  48. Can someone answer this for me, last year I had interviewed with a big accounting firm, they never called me back, so I called them. The person who I interviewed with told me, they had made a decision, they had hired someone who was “a better fit”.
    Now, what does “a better fit” mean? Lots of things were racing in my head, I kinda felt insulted to be truthful about it. I thought the interview went rather well.
    Thanks.

  49. I got a call from someone I had met at a career fair, and she seemed interested in me. We talked about the position, my skills, and then she told me to meet her at the site, where there would be other candidates who were also being considered for the position.

    After that meeting, she called me saying she wanted a one-on-one interview, but then she said she didn’t have her schedule handy, but that she would call me in the morning FOR SURE. YOU HAVE MY WORD, she said.

    You guessed it. No call. A week went by and I had already forgotten her. Out of the blue, she called, wanting me to come to her office that afternoon. “How did it feel when I didn’t call? she asked. I should have hung up on her, but against my gut, I said I figured she was busy. She hired me, trained me for a month, then called and said that I “was not a good fit” for the organization. I was to meet in her office immediately to turn in my materials.

    I still hate her. I needed to vent. OK, so I move on. It was the only time I was ever fired, and I have been working since I was eleven.

    Moral: If they don’t call you back, don’t look back. They are probably doing you a favor.

    • OMG Lisa, your story is so sad! She’s a bitch!!! Wow I can’t believe what she did,,, God bless you because if it was me I would have strangled her right there and then! Lol

  50. Dale, don’t be a jerk. Leave your misogyny and gender bias out of this. This is about common courtesy, which BOTH genders in the hiring process are lacking.

    A month ago I had an hour long interview with the managing director of a prestigious firm, and I walked away with a great feeling. During the interview his language quickly changed to include such phrases as “when you start” or “you’ll like”. He was also very complementary of my background and skills. I took this as a good sign, and a good rapport seemed to be there.

    He said they were anxious to fill the position and would only be conducting interviews for one week with their top candidates. I sent off a thoughtful thank you letter.

    I left a voicemail for him the following Wednesday after the conclusion of their interviews the previous Friday. No call back. Waited one more week and left another voicemail. No call back.

    It’s a wonder any job seekers can keep their sanity when employers put people through this kind of thing.

  51. This all boils down to Common Human Courtesy – something sadly lacking in American professional society these days. It’s all about “we’re too busy”, “we’re overworked”, understaffed, etc. Meanwhile, there is some poor unemployed soul out there possibly even facing losing his/her home who’s every breath is taken in anticipation of hearing SOMETHING from a recent job application. Not enough time to send a 5 second courtesy email to an applicant? Bullpuckie! With all the office automation and buzz-word parsing programs being used by HR and hiring managers, I’m certain that it would be easy to program a routine that could send out an email or telephone message automatically to let an applicant know his/her application was received. But after an actual in-person interview was done, then there is NO excuse! After all, even hiring managers and HR people had to look for their jobs at some point too! So lets bring back some human decency and courtesy to this nameless, faceless, anonymous world we’ve created. Me? I WILL take the time to inform a candidate that he or she is or is not being considered for the position. And if an applicant has provided an email address, I will send a quickie to them to let them know Their application was received and is being processed. Now what is wrong with that?

    • You have to remember that the United States is an imperial power that is bereft of moral, spiritual decency and financially bankrupt. In a corporate oligarchy all people are disposable, especially the people who make companies profitable.

      You have to understand that the people at the corporate level are contemptible, corrupt souls who have given in to the robotic ideology of “efficiency” harbored by corporate America. Leaving the country is your best bet because it will implode within 10-20 years.

  52. Mamadouba Sylla | Sep 19, 2009: You are in exactly the same position as many other people in this country, and others! There are millions of people, many of which are educated, or highly skilled or both. But there are so few jobs because of the down economy we’re in right now. All you can do is do your best – that’s all anyone can expect from you. You are doing NOTHING wrong – just keep up the effort – DO NOT lose hope or begin to think there is anything wrong with you or your abilities. Yes, this a pep-talk. But I would add that it might be helpful if you try to be creative and imaginative in your job search. You may find the ideal job in places you never thought to look. Expand your horizons and embrace larger possibilities. If also I could suggest, being computer skilled will make many things easier, from job searching to finding and buying things you need for the home. And most jobs these days do require that applicants have some computer skills. Perhaps taking an evening computer class at your local Junior College would be helpful. Your message is dated September 19th of last year, so I hope you’ve been able to find a good job by now. If not, you are NOT alone. Keep forging forward – never give up. Despair is a natural part of this process especially when you have a family to support. But in the end, as long as you don’t quit, you will succeed. The most successful people in history were those who refused to be beaten; refused to give up. Keep up the fight. It’s something we all have to do. Good luck!

  53. I agree Dani. You go to all the trouble to research a company, find the person who is probably doing the hiring, weigh your skills and experience against the job qualifications, create a detailed cover letter, fill out all the applications online that most companies are now requiring in addition to a resume and companies can’t even take 30 seconds to send out a quick, generic e-mail to the effect that “the position for which you recently applied has been filled” ? Sheesh! Maybe a non-response company is NOT one you want to work for anyway.

  54. After I had the first interview with the HR Manager and then the CEO, then met with the HR Manager again, she, (the HR Manager) said to me…that I would be a great fit with the company and was sure I would be back for the next round. I met with her for over an hour, we had such a great meeting, she really built me up. And now, nothing. I sent a hand-written thank you note (to both), waited a week or so, nothing. Sent her a brief e-mail, nothing. WHY would someone build you up like that, then not respond?

  55. I believe that companies need to let their departmental managers in on the hiring process. Many times, HR can not equate your specific skills and abilities with the job requirements. For instance. I have been a mechanic for 30 years. I have worked on some very big and expensive equipment over the years. When I applied for a job at a quick oil change facility, the HR department turned me down as I didn’t have oil change experience on my resume. This is what I mean about not equating your knowledge with the job requirements. Many times HR departments are a companies worst tool. Also, it doesn’t take a Wizard degree, to figure out how to answer those silly behavior based questions. I.e., “Tell me about a time”… I’m quite sure that over time, all of unemployed folks are going to be so well versed in answering behavior based questions, HR/department managers will get back to asking questions which relate to the position specifics. In addition I would like to point out that HR ineptitude is NOT a gender issue. It response to HR communication back to you after an interview, remember you’re dealing with the inept.

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  57. I find it so interesting how everyone on this site blames HR. Some of the interesting quotes on this site are “dumb HR people”, HR people who almost all are female tend to be incompetent:, “sick and tired of dealing with women HR personnel”, To (spelled wrong btw) many woman (also incorrect) in the workforce”…etc, etc. In my Company it’s not HR’s job to hire people. Their job is to screen the thousands of resumes that pour in daily. Resumes of candidates that are clearly not qualified for the positions that they are applying for. I totally understand your frustrations, but stop blaming HR – that is just a catch all dept that gets blamed for everything wrong in a Co. In the majority of situations it’s the hiring mgr that is holding up the process and not giving the recruiters the information that they need to relay back to the candidates. Also, you need to remember that you are not the only candidate calling a recruiter. I do agree that you deserve some type of feedback after any type of interview, but if you’re not hearing anything, then it’s time to move on. In my Co. you get reimbursed for your travel expenses for an interview so you also need to ask about that up front.

  58. I used to be a recruiter for our region’s top staffing agency. When I prepped our candidates for interviews with clients/employers, I told them that how they are treated during the interview process is a reflection of how they will be treated as an employee.

  59. To the person who knows three languages and graduated with a degree and became an American citizen but cannot find a job: It would really help for you to learn English. You said you did, yet you misspelled countless words. Americans are sick of immigrants taking American jobs when you don’t even take the time to learn the language we use.

  60. The comments from the other posters here are unfortunately all too familiar. I have had great interviews with several companies within the past few months, only to hear absolutely nothing afterward.

    Although it is certainly tempting to say that I wouldn’t want to work for a company who would treat anyone so rudely, the reality is that I am not in a position to turn down any decent offer. Even though I’m now 33 years old, I spend a good part of every day feeling like a teenager waiting for a boy to ask me to the prom. If one of these companies called me tomorrow, I can promise you that I would “fall in love” all over again.

  61. I’m from Latvia.Now I am looking for a job.It is very difficult.may be not to find, but to do the first step and to win it – an intreview.I do the conslusion, that not only knowledges are important,also to be (how was said) be agressive but courteous

  62. lousy line of reason, if that could ever be considered one. It’s like how little kids are when foraging through a toy box for this one particular toy. Once they find it, they just leave the mess and go on with play.

    HR always preach about proper manners, proper decorum, etc. It’s just sad they don’t practice what they preach.

  63. It is basis business ethic and courtesy to get back to a candidate after an interview. If the candidate had spent several hours for interviewing at the organization, then at least show them you care. Even if it is a negaive outcome, it is best to let them know, rather than leave them guessing. Otherwise how the hell are you going to run a great business? How are you going to take care of your customers? Treat your candidates like you would treat your customers…period. If you don’t even have a few seconds to tell a candidate about the outcome of an interview, how the hell are you going to be an effective manager at work? Don’t live on a candidate’s frustation. Sometimes I am so frustrated with these HR and hiring managers who don’t get back, I want to apply for jobs just for the fun of it and never get back to hiring managers and HR people who want to interview you. Express interest and schedule for an interview and never show up and don’t even inform them. That is the best way to teach these idiots a lesson.

  64. I disagree with you, and I was in HR for many years. I understand HR is receiving sometimes hundreds of resumes for one position. However, if a candidate goes through the pre-screen process, is further asked to come in for an interview (sometimes several times), only to have no response thereafter, is a reflection on the company and the lack of follow-up skills of the recruiter or hiring manager. A candidate does not need an explanation, just “we have decided to go with another candidate. Perhaps, training of HR in “Emotional Intelligence” is in order in many of these companies.

  65. I have had some success knowing if I’ve been rejected or not. I include a self addressed and stamped post card along with my resume. Some send it out; others won’t

  66. I began my job search when I was 23 years old. I did not have much experience, then again everyone at some time in their lives must begin at the bottom. I submit resumes, go to interviews (on time and wearing the proper attire), never receive a call back or even a reason why I was not hired. I am now 49 years old. Between age 23 up until now no one would/will hire me. It is so disturbing. One of the things I was told at a few interviews was that the company was highly respected by the BBB. Okay, that still doesn’t explain why I have never been hired. My next stop is homelessness.

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  73. What gets my goat is that HR often staffs with twentysomething associates who know zero about ascertaining what/who is relevant. It’s very irritating and frustrating when Tiffany or Brittany inform you that you’re not being considered.

  74. I’m currently in the same boat as many here. I’m moving to another state at the end of the month and I’ve applied to 10 jobs there in the past two months. It’s frustrating not hearing anything despite following up via both e-mail and voicemails…but I have to admit I’m a little surprised by the sense of entitlement so many people seem to have here. I agree with the sentiment that a courtesy response is called for if a lengthy interview has occurred, but a company does not “owe” you anything just because you sent in a resume.

  75. Yes I hate this common discourtesy that they all seem to share.

    Join this Facebook group and get ourselves heard!
    ‘I HATE HR MANAGERS WHO DON’T BOTHER REPLYING FOLLOW-UP CALLS OR EMAILS’

    From a very frustrated jobseeker.

  76. I don’t understand being sent an email by prospective employer saying they liked my work samples and would be contacting me the following week to set up an interview, (I did write back a brief note of appreciation and interest in response), then not contacting me whatsoever for the interview! I followed up just over a week later saying I was still interested and I STILL heard NOTHING back! I don’t understand that, as, they TOLD ME they wanted to interview me! I’m really discouraged and disappointed with the lack of manners and compassion in the job hunt today. I appreciate the volume of resumés they receive, but surely, it can’t take that much time for a quick note sent to top candidates keeping people in the loop so they are not LEFT HANGING!!!

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  78. Typical Wall Street/Corporate America HR Department rudeness and arrogance. There is absolutely and positively NO EXCUSE for this kind of behavior widely practice by all companies because whether during good economic times and now bad, it continues to be an acceptable practice for them as to be inconsiderate for our time and effort for looking and applying for the available jobs that they have.

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  80. Jennifer, two of the main problems with people applying for jobs they are not qualified for are:

    1. If receiving unemployment, they are REQUIRED to show that they are looking/applying for jobs. If there are no jobs they qualify for then they will apply for just about anything.

    2. People are just plain DESPERATE! They may not have had a job or any kind of income for up to 2+ years and NEED something to support themselves or their families.

    And it used to be an “employees market” that employers were willing to at least interview the person and maybe find an excellent employee who gives them more than they receive. Today it is a “employers market”, there are many more unemployed than there are jobs available, and so employers can “afford” to be more choosy.

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  82. Simple Steph, in this economy, if you are not getting called back from companies that you applied to where you were qualified for the job, you may become more desperate and be willing to take anything just to get your foot in the door.

  83. Dale Coughlin – you can the egotistical attitude at the door. That is probably the main reason you haven’t been hired. Hateful, negative attitudes will get you no where fast but the bottom of the pile with a recruiter, regardless of gender.
    I talk to my candidates, and I’m not afraid to tell them if they didn’t get the position. A lot people lack common courtesy and professionalism, even if they hold a upper management position. If you don’t have time to respond to an email, or phone call, don’t bother being in HR. That’s my personal opinion.

  84. I have been looking for a job for 2 months now. I’m not really why a company can’t get back with you and at least let you know why they didn’tpick you for the position. They want good employees right? Why should anyone want to work for a company that does not even have enough respect for you to return a call or email. If you want good employees or a good company to work for you should have respect for people.

  85. I don’t even want a WHY, I just want a one-line e-mail or a less-than-thirty-second phone call saying “Thank you for applying, we chose another candidate, good luck in the future” if you at least went so far as to interview me.

    I am still of the mindset that if these people treat their applicants poorly, they will treat their employees poorly. In that case, do I even want to work for them?

    I’ve been to 7 interviews in a month and have not received one call back to say yes or no either way. I don’t understand it.

  86. Dale, Sounds like you have more issues than not being able to land a job. Blame it on women all you want, but I’m a man, and I wouldn’t hire a jerk like you either.

  87. I receive over 150 resumes for each open position. Our ad states “no calls please” because if I even took 5 minutes with each candidate, I wouldn’t get anything else done. Candidates who go around the system (calling other managers or HR people) get my attention for all the wrong reasons and end up in the “not qualified” pile. I realize it’s a tough job market, but being a recruiter isn’t a picnic either. I do, however, get back to every candidate I either interview or phone screen and my candidates would back me up on that!

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  90. At the person above me… Sounds like you need more people working if you would never get anything done…

    I have 90 active applications and increasing 50 I’m over qualified for and 40 I am qualified for, I’ve had one interview in these last 5 months and 1 phone interview, the in person interview said they would call me and never did. The phone interview sent me a mailing saying I wasn’t qualified for an entry level job… Sigh… I wish some one would just give me a job what the hell is so hard about it I ma a hard worker and can do more than the average person.

    • I want to share something with everyone here, I was unemployed for 2.5 years. In that time frame, I applied to thousands of jobs. I applied to multiple positions with some companies and I applied to some companies more than once. I actually applied to Two companies 10 times on different occasions.. Zero responses. Zero. Until a two week period a four months ago when I received interviews from every company I applied to in that 2 week time frame. And two of the companies were ones I had applied to multiple times in the past. One of which was a company I applied to 10 times for 3 different positions. It was toyota financial services.. I had 8 interviews in 2 weeks. 5 the first week and 3 the 2nd week. The only thing I did differently in that time period was That I lied and said I was Hispanic instead of white. That’s right. My first and last name are “spanish sounding” (im not tho) When I did that, everyone wanted to hire me. What an effing shame. Every company which I applied to offered me a position except one. That one did send me a letter explaining that they found a better suited candidate (which was bull $h*T, but I appreciate the letter nonetheless) I accepted the position with TFS and I got there and I was one of 5 white people in the whole building. Literally. There were about 100 Hispanics there and maybe 250 blacks. That’s fine by me, I love black women and I love Hispanic women. Most of those people were ghetto of the highest magnitude, I won’t elaborate.. Now of course Im a white dude with blond hair and I stuck out like a sore thumb and people (especially managers) asked me based on my name “what kind of name is that?” I said it was Spanish (I’m Italian really) but they were probing me because I didn’t fit the stereotype for being a hispanic male tho of course there are many blond haired blue eyed spaniards… Long story short, upon realizing I’m white as bread and not south American like half their employees, they began targeting me. They even repremanded me for going to the bathroom 3-4 times a day omg,WTF. They fired me 4 months later And I’m unemployed again. The bottom line is that affirmative action is the major problem. White males are kicked to the curb now, and the statistics support that fact. Affirmative action means that if a “minority” ( so called minorities are in fact majority population in many states) applies for the same job as a white person, you are federally mandated to hire the minority.
      This is sickening and disturbing and true. I can’t even get a job bagging groceries or even at mcdonalds. I can’t even get a call back let alone an interview. Id happily work for minimum wage Right now.I’d pick oranges for minimum wage. I’d do all the jobs that some people say Americans won’t do. As far as what the one guy said about HR always being all women, that has also been my experience, and I think there is a problem with that too. That’s my 2 cents for now.

  91. That’s so wrong saying that they don’t owe me the explanation, stop trolling, If I spent over 8 hours un-payed doing tedious work tests ect. then never hear back from the employer you better believe you owe me. I am not on unemployment or welfare and I’m not qualified for either… I’m not doing these applications for a quota… ugh!

  92. I did a phone interview with a pretty well known movie studio that sounded very promising. They told me to call back on tuesday and followup if i hadnt heard anything yet. I did, spoke witht he gentlemen who told me that the process was taking longer then they thought and to give him a call on friday.

    I called him friday, no answer…left a message
    I called him monday, no answer…left a message
    I gave it a break on tuesday..heard nothing
    I called him wednesday, no answer….left a message.

    What bothers me is the manager TOLD me to call back if i hadnt heard anything. If you tell someone to call back, and they leave you a message, have the fucking common courtesy to return the message and say “we’ve filled the position, or we decided to go a different route”

    whats even worse is the phone interview IMO sounded very promising, enough IMO to justify bringing me in for the first imperson interview, since the position is a specialized positiong that is EXACTLY what i do and what i have experience in.

  93. It is agreed that no response back is rude. Employers hold the cards after all they will pay the weekly paycheck (I’m not implying support for employers).
    I hardly think that one day 75 or so resumes hit the HR desks.Poor excuses is all it is. HR already know what the hiring guidelines are and can easily establish a yes or no on the resume. If the shoe fails to fit then say so, even when you have a month to fill a vacant slot or new position.
    As far as job seekers go….keep moving along. I believe that if nothing is heard from a application or resume in a week then most likely you have been dusted. Not all jobs are alike and Ive run into some questionable requirements…
    Look at it this way..if an employer or HR (to me all the same)gives no response then really think about how they treat their employees (make sense?).
    The economy will pick back up and then there will be a lack of candidates to fill the open positions. Your choice what to do with it.

    Bottom line in it all, is like it is with anything it’s a cycle viscous or not.

    Good Luck to all.

  94. I agree that no response is rude, and this can potentially be a sign of an unprofessional corporate culture. I have over 15 years experience in a particular field and recently followed up with a voicemail and email to HR regarding relative position(s) I had applied to with a company. No response at all! I would certainly hope that they do not treat their customers as they do prospective employees.

  95. Many of you who spend your time bashing HR need to see the other side and not judge based on what you don’t know. First of all, you don’t know what it’s like to get 100 resumes within 2-3 days (yes, it does happen, especially over a weekend) and have to sort through all of them only to find out many people just applied to be applying. And to the brilliant person who thinks setting up bogus interviews is getting us back, good luck with that. See I still have a job, but if you are still searching, that’s your stupidity. Not to mention that if you do this in the same general area, you risk us (yes, we do network) sharing our bad experience with our peers. Not to mention it shows how immature you are.

    HR people do more than spend the day sorting through resumes and we DO NOT make the hiring decisions. We also do not have time to search to see if we have received your resume just because you call to ask. Don’t feel bad, I tell plenty of recruiters I don’t have time for them either. If you call me, you’ll get a blanket response that we’ll call if we want to speak with you. We would tie up our entire day answering these questions.

    I do believe that every person who is interviewed deserves to get a response, whether verbal or in writing. So I always close the loop with any candidate we have interviewed. But I do take offense to those who use derogatory remarks toward all HR representatives. We are individuals, we are not all to be considered rude, incompetent or useless. That’s a generalization that should not be used for people who fall into any category.

    I do feel bad for those who have been unemployed for a long time; it’s a horrible situation in which to be. However, you have a lot of competition out there. Someone could always be a better fit with better experience than you or me, so that’s what can happen to your hiring situation.

    Also, no one has mentioned what we have to deal with from some applicants. You call them and they become high maintenance (wanting to cut deals with you before they are even interviewed, trying to negotiate salary before they are even interviewed, and several other crazy things). I’ve had applicants want to be told every little specific thing about the job (not the basic needs or requirement) or speak with the hiring manager before they schedule the interview. Isn’t that what the interview is for, to exchange details?

    Some applicants (maybe some of the people who posted on this board) don’t even realize how much more work they need to do on their resumes or that they should stop applying for positions for which they are clearly not suited.

    So maybe before you start bashing all HR professionals, you should take a look on a case by case basis. As frustrating as it is, and I agree it should not be this way, you are only owed a response if you have received direct communication from the company. Other than that, you should only expect a response if the company is interested. Dealing with this can make the job search process a little easier.

    Good luck to you all.

    • Don’t stick up for something that’s not professional! And further more, do not insist that how busy a company and how that reflects the respect a candidate gets from the employer, or hiring manager. If you receive so many applications each day, send more then half of them back! Also input with a letter saying that the position may be already applied for, or too many applications are being processed. When you sign up for something like HR you should know how to execute with applicants, and candidates alike. That means knowing when to respond whether you want to or not! Enough said. If HR did things professionally, correctly, efficiently, and with honor the people would not complain. So get in it, get on it, and most importantly, DO IT RIGHT!! >=(

    • I don’t think most people here are asking for any feedback from just submitting a resume.
      They are asking for a simple reply, yay or nay (or neither at this point) once they have invested their time for an in-person interview.
      You seem to have so much time on your hand that you can write such long comments.

    • Wow. You said two things that really struck me and for which I had to reply.

      “If you call me, you’ll get a blanket response that we’ll call if we want to speak with you. We would tie up our entire day answering these questions.” Um… yeah… so you’re the company I don’t wantto do business with because I can only imagine what your customer service is like.

      “Isn’t that what the interview is for, to exchange details?” No, not really. It’s all warm and fuzzy feeling that HR people report to magazines and stuff that they welcome questions from prospective candidates, but let’s face it and remove the sugar coating. The interview is the exchange at which the employer asks the candidate what exactly the candidate can give the employer. How will the candidate benefit the bottom line. How will they fit into the company’s culture. The GOOD candidate will have already done his or her research and know pretty much all they needed to know about the company before even stepping foot in the door for the interview. So no, interviews are not for dual exchange of details. They’re pretty much one sided in favor of the employer so they can get all of the information they need out of the candidate. Nothing wrong with that, but no need to give it the warm fuzzy HR spin, either.

      And, in conclusion…yes, you do owe it to people who’ve interviewed to contact them one way or another. It’s rude NOT to, and lack of that action just demonstrates the type of mentality management within a particular organization has.

  96. The thing that gets my goat about HR people is: Don’t put “If you need anything, don’t hesitate too contact me” in your email if your NOT going to get back to me.

    I leave a message after a week and a half inquiring about the “status” of the interview, and I hear nothing.. I am assuming its passed, done and I am moving on.

    Absolutely frustrating. When I am an employee, if I put “don’t hesitate to contact me” in an email, if you leave me a message, I WILL Get back to you.

    Just plain rude.

    • and before any of you fiends get on me for “too” instead of “to” in my email its called a typo.

      that’s my disclaimer for the “grammar” police on these things.

  97. I am an unemployed HR Director with 20 years of experience. I got laid off due to “complexing” and have been looking for the “right” job for over a year. I have been on both sides. I agree that it is very difficult to get back to everyone who submits an application/resume. Thus the use of phrases like, “Only candidates in whom there is an interest will be contacted.”

    I’ve had 2 face-to-face interviews in the last few months that seemed to go well. I sent my Thank-You notes; even sent an email 10 days later to reiterate my interest. Didn’t hear a thing. I guess I got the clue about one job when I looked at a career website and the position was re-posted.

    Follow up on a company’s part is a PR opportunity. And if you’re going to treat me this way as an applicant, then how will you treat me as an employee?

    As an HR Professional I ALWAYS followed up with a candidate who interviewed. If an HR person has time to shop on line or chat on Facebook (not that they all do, but I’ve seen my share of goofing off in my 20 years and have goofed off as well), he or she has time to send a scripted email to an applicant or make a brief phone call. Giving bad news is never comfortable, but I can look at myself in the mirror every day because I know I did the right thing.

    Patting myself on the back? You’re ding-dang right! If being in HR has taught me anything it’s that we are ALL expendable and I’m not too good sitting in my little HR office to at least respond to someone who is out there beating the pavement and taking their valuable time to interview with me.

    Just my two cents worth…

    • I do not care if I get a call or email for every job I send in my resume too. However, if I go through a phone screen interview followed by a face to face interview, I would appreciate a simple follow up email , voice mail, or phone call. Seems to me that would be an appropriate gesture since I spent my time and gas to get to your location, and by all indications it seemed the interview went well.

    • Kudos to you for being accountable and following up to interviewed applicants. You also seem like a honest person. I agree with you on your observation of how HR treats a applicant reflects on how they would treat you if you worked there. I once was corresponding with HR re interview and obtaining additional information. All emails were very polite, except to the last.. I noticed that she just signed off with her initial “H”. I didn’t get the job, but have to wonder what happened to have her change her habit of a full sig, to just an initial and being casual. Subtle but interesting.

  98. I was actually interviewed by this agency last week, I can’t mention the name because its still the early, but it ends with a T. It was the worst interview in my life, not because it didn’t go well, but it was a waste of time.

    First, I got a phone interview and this women ask me a few questions, afterwards she set me up for an interview. (This is a menial minimum wage job btw).

    It took me 1 hr to go to their office, I had to wait 15 minutes and spent an additional 1 hr (of which 5 minute was the interview).

    It was absolutely unprofessional, the second I went in, there was three women, for what was supposed to be a committee style interview, but it turned out that one of them didn’t even have the chance to have a lunch break, she decided she deserved to leave for the hour, another one, who was what I imagined was the head had a meeting or something scheduled at the same time, and the other one was totally lost.

    I spent 20 minutes staring at the sealing while the third one figured out what to do, then she brought in a fourth person who did a 5 minute interview, waited another 10 minutes, spent 20 minutes filing out forms, such as authorization to do a background check and call references etc. only to be told that I would get a callback in a week, which has never happened.

    It was insulting and unprofessional!

  99. There’s absolutely no excuse what so ever why an employer or HR representative can’t find some time to send everyone some type of message. Even during the 1970s recession and the Great Depression employers still took the time to update every applicants on the status of the position, and this was before automation and the internet came along, so I’m more than sure employers/HR can do it in 2010.

    He;;, you don’t even have a personal phone call to all 100 applicants, it only take 30 minutes to type (And you will only have to type them once) a nice automated “you got the job” and/or “thanks, but no thanks” letter and 15 minutes to copy & paste the e-mail addresses of your applicants onto the letters and send them out.

    When you can’t even do that then you just come off as lazy and unprofessional to me, which begs the next quesiton, why would I even want to work for a company that treats their applicants and employees (also potential customers) like cattle?

    • Well, at least you are not alone. There are many people in the same situation as you, both on the hiring end and on the seeking employment end. Perhaps this is an indicator of how a potential employer treats their employees and customers. Companies participating in this type of practice should consider the PR implications. And even though a response may seem like an unecessary gesture that there simply is not enough time or resources for – just look at all of these comments, it’s obvious to me it’s a big deal, and it could make big difference. Everybody is a consumer and a potential customer. Companies who are concerned about image and customer loyalty should pay more attention to their hiring process and consider it an opportunity to win people over-even if they don’t end up hiring them. In fact it might be a novel approach. It’s funny how my mail box, email, and vm is full of advertisements, offers and requests for my business from these same companies.

  100. An employer does not have to respond to an application but if they invite you to an interview and you take the time out of your day to sit with they THEY SHOULD SEND AN EMAIL OR CALL WITH A DECISION OR AN UPDATE. If they don’t they are just selfish and rude individuals. The only way I can see a non-response is if they say in the interview “we will contact you within (time period) if we are interested in moving forward”.

  101. My take on this is pretty simple; the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s not really fair to have someone wait on you. It’s kind of similar to standing a date up, only worked in goodfellas. I just waited for a phone call today. I can’t tell you how many times I looked down at my phone in anticipation-it’s not that fun. Secondly, if networking is such a big part of business, how much talent will you dissuade from joining your ranks once word gets around about what kind of business you run? Let’s say you interview 10 people for a position. How likely is it you’ll spend more than an hour “tops” notifying people one way or the other. Send a mass e-mail and it’s done in 5 minutes. If it’s an awkward conversation you wan’t to avoid, take the latter. It’s an issue of common courtesy either for the H/R, and if they can’t handle it for the company at large.

    • I agree. In this age of ‘blind’ resume submittals, all HR departments have access to your email address. It is actually quite easy to do mass emails out to all of your prospective applicants stating the obvious one way or another.

      They have no excuse other than blatant rudeness.

  102. “(Last week,) we got an answer that was worthy of telling you, as it was filled with sound advice.”
    I disagree that this was “worthy”, unless your intent was to anger people on all sides and provide a forum for us to vent on this issue. I agree with Suzanne G, that this article twists the blame around to the applicant. We are all doing steps 1-3 and those steps have nothing to do with WHY employers DO NOT follow up after an interview with a potential employee and possible future customer. The best points are made in the comments. If that’s the way they treat you as a potential employee it is indicative of the way you would be treated as an employee. You are better off boycotting their product whenever possible!! All but one recruiter for contract employment have followed up on the positions I was submitted for, I in turn ignore all postings from PDS, why waste time. Other interviews I have had with companies directly, a total of 12 recently, only TWO contacted me (or replied to a follow-up call on my part) after an in person interview.

    I always ask the hiring manager how many people are being considered and it is usually 3 to 10 at the interviewing stage. You can not convince anyone that there is no one on staff has time to compose two notes 1) You’ve got the job and 2) We chose another candidate, job was cancelled, etc. Copy and paste from the Internet for gosh sakes, 5 seconds, copy and paste in X amount of emails (or print and mail), 10 minute max! So, I am still wondering, “Why Don’t Employers Call US Back?”

    As for the whole HR debate, I have never had an interview with a HR rep unless it was a panel interview in tandem with the hiring manager and usually a lead or upper manager. My first contact with HR is usually the written job offer and/or orientation meeting.

  103. I love it, “H.R. Professional”…

    An HR professional is as useful to society as a “sex worker”.

    Avoid HR pros when looking for a job. Find a hiring manager, the person who actually knows about the position and what qualifications are. HR looks for any reason not to hire someone, pay them as little as possible, and helps the company screw the employee as hard as possible while avoiding litigation.

    Most HR pros have little or no competency in any business field. What comes to mind are the people standing behind the counter at DMV. The sum of their business acumen can be learned by a 6 week noncredit course at a community college.

    Remember, HR is not your friend, they are at best an annoyance and at worst a road block. Any company that forces managers to hire employees based on the HR department interviews is frankly not worth working at.

    • Why would you think that a hiring manager is not part of the Human Resources Department Mike? They are!!

      Remember, HR almost always has a ‘bad’ person as well as a ‘good’ person that they keep up front to try to deal with people. Keep in mind that this person often is treated just as shabbily as you are.

  104. Here is the problem with why this is happening to people…YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO CONCEPT OF GRAMMAR, SPELLING AND HOW TO FLAT OUT SPEAK! If your resumes look like your posts…there you go, that’s your reason. YOU’RE INCOMPETENT. It’s not HR its your own stupidity. I worked as a hiring manager for a quick service chain, do you know 90% of people on their applications were too lazy or stupid to fill it out completely and list references that were NOT RELATED TO THEM. They wouldn’t fill out their educational experience correctly, no phone number, no address last grade completed: B. WTF is wrong with you people????

    • I’m the commenter above and I’m stupid and incompetent as I say EVERY SINGLE person on this board is. I only read a few of the comments. I tend to judge harshly. I’m a loser and a loner who has no concept of good manners. No wonder no one likes me. The way people spell is not usually a reflection on their oral skills. I forgot about that. Boo Hoo to me. Sorry all.

      Remember I’m a loser. ^^^That’s me up there.^^^ I’m talking about bad grammar but I forgot to put a comma behind -no address. Also the word “or” could of been good there to. Also using caps is no way to get me point across!

  105. You know what I hate? I hate when companies place ads which state that they need an office administrator when what they really want is a secretary, which I am. Went back to school and still learning. Never, ever received an interview, an offer nor was I hired since I entered the working world when I was in my twenties. I am older now. It doesn’t mean I am less qualified. Still I receive no reasons for why I am always turned away.

    Case in point: Some friends and myself took givernment tests many years ago for the same positions. I passed the test with am 85, they passed with 70. They were all hired. I was not.

    My next stop, homelessness. What a wonderful world we live in. I can’t wait until it’s all over.

    • Yes I know I spelled a word wrong. It is 4:13 AM. I haven’t slept much in months. So please, forgive me for making a typo. I know many will comment or go out of their way to make me feel badly about it.

      • Or the employers that place advertisements for positions requesting someone with a bachelor’s degree that doesn’t require one and a salary that is minimum wage.

        Or the scam advertisements.

        Or the advertisements where they still want to pay you minimum wage, but want you to perform the duties of five people.

        Or the advertisements where it is more than obvious that they really aren’t interested in hiring anyone but are really interested in finding out if they can find someone they can hire to replace you for half the money.

        I think there is probably a special place in you know where for these people.

        • Lady, the Federal goverment operates on a rule of three hiring process. Anotherwards, everyone who passed an exam is shoved through a computer, and a listing of around 10 names will be spit out. Veterans and Disabled Schedule A will be considered first for all positions (and will show up at the tops of the lists). Were any of your friends vets? If so, that could possibly account for the reason why in their hiring. They go in sets of three down the list for interviews and interest in the position. They have specific questions that will be asked of ALL (it is very uniform) interviewee’s with most departments. If the first three on the list pass their interviews, they will be asked if they are still interested in the positions (starting with the first person on the list). If the first person on the list answers in the affirmative, they will be hired. If they say no, the second person on the list who passed the interview process will be asked. If they say they yes, they will be hired. If they say no, they will go on to the third person on the list. They will keep going down the list in this manner.

          If I have to think of the most fair way to try and hire people, it would be the way the Federal Government does it. I wish private industry did it this way.

  106. Here’s what really makes me angry at job interviews. First of all, you have every expert in the country telling us lazy, unemployed bums, that we have to reinvent ourselves for a new career about seven times in our lives. However, when you apply for something even slightly outside the industry of your last position, they all wonder why and they job down a RED FLAG. If you leave off your graduation date, you are a liar and thus are likely to blow up the pentagon. What the hell is wrong with these idiots in HR!! I really hate them. They don’t know what they are doing and they don’t necessarily hire the perfect people.

  107. i understand that the hr dept has alot to do, but what i dont understand is when the EMPLOYER says we give u a call on x date…whether u got the position or NOT..and they dont call like they promised.. dont put that info out there if plan not to e-mail or call dont have me in limbo waiting for u thinkin i got the job.. when i could b sendin out more resumes, thats wasting my time and rude—-
    [this employer i had a interview with was so rude..it was a group interview didnt bother to look at me was lookin/listening to me.. the other candidate ( the other candidate was a fam member of someone that worked for the company--she was a shoe in-basically)..the employer said call back in 1wk for status..so i did..i was in limbo for a while the employer wasnt trying to speak with candidates about there status..finally after 3wks..i called stated who i was and everything--the employer had the audacity to ask me my name- and ask my address-and email address..without any status on my interview/resume/application-a week later i got a letter and email stating that i wasnt the best fit for the position..that bitch..all they had to do was tell me when i had them on the phone that day that was beyond rude--lets just say i replied on that email..i would respect if they told me that time on the PHONE even if they said i wasnt qualified just b honest there was no need for the whole hide and seek game..when i could b lookn for a job..it was wasted playin hide n seek..have respect..comes to find out the other candidate quit in 2months...oh wellz shoulda picked me or listen/looked at me in the interview or review my skills instead of going for the other person that had family working there...RESPECT..SO UNPROFESSIONAL..WHATS WITH THESE HIRING MANAGERS THAT ARE STUPID]

  108. whats with employers that dont review your resume..but every 3 months there looking for someone to fill that same postion thats been vacant they should have taken a thorough look at a qualified candidate..then they wouldn’t have to place ads every 3 months..c’mon–reply to either of my post if u want

    • Since I have started to search for a new position in the last month, I have noticed that there is one particular employer in our area that advertises for the same position once weekly. I interviewed for this same position (I was overqualified) two and half years previously after being laid off). They are fishing for other people they can pay less than the employees that they currently possess.

  109. The practice of not even responding to potential employees must be stopped. It is extremely easy to send a generic mass e-mail to those who did not make the cut.

    I have made a point to send e-mails to employers who did not even get back to me indicating to them their lack of professionalism.

    Especially for a small business, this can make a difference.

    • To Chris who posted above me,
      Be very careful when sending emails to employers like that. By doing that you completely erase your chance of getting future opportunities with them. For example if I did that to my retail situation (I know retail might be different), I would have not gotten the interview.

      You have to keep this in mind, we are their bitches until we get a little further in the position. Too bad crappy supervisors have too much power in some places, they really need to get lost.

      Can’t wait till we get a global government and then decrease the financial motive.
      I’m just kidding, unrealistic for now I know.

  110. Hi guys,
    I recently had a situation similar to many of you. I had an interview early, and I was a good candidate for a retail job [Jamba Juice in San Diego] (yes, I’m a little young and I was going for a retail job) since I had been working at a different Jamba Juice during High School. She have told me to call back and of course when I did she was “too busy.” After some more attempts, she would finally be available and tell me to call back another time again. Happened three times; A month has passed; I walked in twice. Finally she calls me and tells me she will call tomorrow for another interview that she didn’t bring up before. She doesn’t call at the time appointed and I had to call back and scheduled an interview. I know it’s retail and there might be a huge number of applicants, but a SIMPLE CALL or a MINUTE of her TIME could be given! It’s been hard to find a job since I am easily depressed and after sending 100 applications and politely calling a week after to positions which I am overqualified for (I make sure resume do not make them feel that I will leave when I find a better job) is hard to get. Most employees tell me you need a friend since retail stores often recommend their friends (like the two other jobs I had; their version of “networking”). Would have been nice if they gave a fair chance to others as well, pshh I’ll be their friend any time they would like xD.
    I never thought I would have such a hard time finding a job in retail. Too bad most of my close friends are out of state.

    Sorry for the unorganized writing, I am very tired and just speeding through this post. Good luck to you all and that’s the way life is when there is limited resources. Good Luck to you all and I hope recruiters can be a little more sympathetic to job seekers although they have been lucky enough to not be in this kind of situation. (Don’t you wish they could be in your shoes? I guess that’s how we are as human beings, we would want to get back at people as a defensive).

    Last thing, **** *** cocky recruiters.

  111. Here’s one. I had a second interview for a front desk at a local resort in Palm Springs. This interview was with the owner )the first had been with the manager who passed me through a few days alter for the 2nd). The owner loved me. At the end, he said “I’ll call you in 2 days, and if you don’t hear, call me.” He then said don’t wear a suit, although I appreciate it, it’s a resort!” Now, wouldn’t that make one think that the job was secured (just about)? Well, no call, naturally, I even waited 3 days, then got the manager on the phone (owner was not there).who CURTLY said “We are taking our time with this. We are still interviewing others.” I’ll take that as a “NO”. Wtf?? What a bunch of bs.. (No references were even given –all they had was my resume). So, the last contact and any info they had about me was the end of the second interview. I hope one day that manager is out on the street–he won’t be so high and mighty, then. It’ll come back to him 10x.

  112. I have not yet gotten a response from a company. I think it is that I look my age. I don’t color my hair (I’m allergic), I’ve come by my wrinkles honestly, and I’ve been at entry level many times.
    I think one of the problems is that it is an employers’ market. They don’t need to show courtesy or pay attention to anyone who doesn’t appeal to them in one way or another. Another problem is that general courtesy is not taught or practiced by the average employer or their staff; there will always be another applicant.
    Unless one is accredited, qualified, and properly referenced for a 6-figure salary, one has no clout, no prestige. We can’t compete because the rest of us are serfs and beggars. Even though I hate it, I continue to smile, be courteous, hold faith, and keep applying. I may go hungry and have dogs licking my wounds, but I can’t be robbed of my integrity. I still send thank-you notes for the interviews.

  113. Replying to an ad that advertises one thing and when you show up the job is for something else.
    If you advertise for a secretary don’t tell me it’s telemarketing or that I have to pay you a few thousand to learn something. I know that somewhere someone will sue the bejesus out of you for falsely placing ads for jobs that do not exist.

  114. I was hoping someone would be able to give me some advice about my recent situation with a hiring manager and tell me if its a good idea to reapply for this position?

    Two months ago in Feb I applied for a job with a company on their website. I then received an email from the hiring manager a week later on the 18th asking if I was still interested in the position I had applied to and if so I should reply to her email by Feb 22nd. So I replied expressing that I was still interested. Then about a month later in March she sent me another email asking me to come in for an interview on the 16th.

    The interview went great. I was interviewed by the hiring manager and her assistant. They informed me to answer every question fully and in detail to see if I really fit what they were looking for. They picked up on how knowledgeable I was about the position and their company, its culture, and values.

    They both said my skills and experience matched the position requirements and afterwards they took me on a tour of the company to show me exactly what I would be doing if hired. During the closing they said I would hear from them in a week.

    So two days had passed and I followed up with my thank you letter on the 18th and continued to wait out the week. I heard nothing from either person within in the time they said I would. So I followed up with a phone call, she was not in her office so I left a message. Another week had passed still no answer. So I sent a polite email to find out if I was still being considered for the position, still no answer.

    Now its April and I went back to their website to see if the position was filled the answer is NO but to my SURPRISE the position is re-posted.

    I never got a call back or even an email. Should I reapply or just leave well enough alone?

    • Don’t initiate any further contact with this organization. You’ve done more than enough to indicate your interest.

      That’s great that you received some positive feedback during the interview, but until you’ve filled out your W2, been shown your desk and the employee breakroom, it’s nothing but conversation.

    • Hello:
       
      I would move on from hearing from this organization.  It sounds to me they were in the hiring process and you may have been in the running and they needed to weed out a couple people and they did.  They most likely hired someone on the inside, most companies are obligated to post a postion, interview and then hire and unfortunately it is the outside folks that get hurt in the crossfire. 
       

  115. All these people say that they don’t want to work for a company with bad manners, but the majority of employers seem to pull this crap. If you cut out companies with bad manner, you are left with about 5% of the employers.

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  118. I like HRPro’s trite little response. Dear HRPro…if the employer requests an interview with me and then makes me jump through hoops to go to a second interview and a 6 hour long “shadow” then yes, one way or another, they should contact me back. It’s rude, even if they found another applicant for the position, and I don’t care how many resumes you get in a day–that’s your job. If you can’t even follow up with applicants from whom you’ve taken valuable time for interviews–time that could be spent on other opportunities, then that is very telling of your managerial style and probably explains why, in this economy, you are needing to fill a position to begin with.

  119. I hope a recruiter can answer my question – I am regularly applying for positions within my company. I am an internal candidate and, after I apply/send my resume to the hiring manager I never get an email back, no responses to my follow-up emails or calls! wtf? I’m internal – doesnt that count for anything. I should at least be given the courteousy to be told yes or no. It seems like companies is not interested in promoting and growing candidates within. Lastly, employers – no matter who you are – SHOULD have the decency to return follow up emails – no matter how busy you get. In this day and age, you’re on email and blackberries 24/7. You Definitely got the email. It seems like you all are now in a higher position and have forgotten where you came from – you once were in our position of trying to move up – how quickly you all forget. As soon as you start making money you all forget.

    • I think you hit the nail on the head. This is not so much a matter of HR as it is a matter of disinterested hiring managers. In most cases, the “hiring manager” is really there for another job and sifting through resumes, scheduling interviews, being open-minded about candidates, etc. are just low on the priority list. Sadly, Dale Carnegie is considered “quaint”–if he’s considered at all–in today’s business world.

  120. I had a phone interview with a company that went very well, and we set up a face-to-face interview soon after. It went fantastic, the interviewer was saying how out of all the candidates, I was the most suited for the role, and he felt I would be a great fit. He told me he’d call me the next day, as he just had to run it by the HR department first. The next day he called me, and said he really saw me in this position, but he’d have to call back next week to confirm, as HR was not organized, and really hoped I would still be available.

    A week passed, then the weekend, and no call. So I call him on tuesday to follow up, and politely ask him about the status of the job. He says he was just going into a meeting, and will let me know by 3pm. So I wait by my phone, but obviously he does not call. A few days pass, and no call. So I ring him again, and it rings once then goes directly to voicemail. I wait a couple days for a call back, but nothing. So I email him just inquiring if they had filled the position, as I had another offer that I needed to make a decision on, and would please like to know if I was still being considered, as they were my first choice. No response. I emailed the HR lady who first set up the interview. No response. A couple weeks later, the posting is now removed from their site.

    How unprofessional. If he did not intend to hire me, he should not have strung me on like that during the interview, saying how he saw me in the position, etc. He should not keep me hanging intentionally, yet fail to give me any feedback regarding the job status when they made their decision, especially when I was inquiring. Also, answering his phone, or replying to his e-mails would have been at least respectful, so I could have made a timely decision with the other offer. Especially if they knew I was not getting the job.

    I have never been treated more disrespectfully by anyone before, and can’t believe this actually occurred.

    I understand not calling everyone who sends their resumes in, but after a couple of interviews and phone calls, to just cancel the calls and not respond to your e-mail? Terrible.

  121. I found this article when I was searching for the average wait time to hear back on an interview. I went to school for psychology & HR and am looking for HR positions. It’s tough enough to interview, even tougher when you’re interviewing with the people you’ll be directly working for.

    I’ve had several interviews over the course of 9 months. More often than not, I’m glad to say I eventually got a letter or an email with the “while you’re qualifications are impressive, we’ve decided to go with another candidate” spiel.

    My first interview after college I was told point blank “We want to make a quick decision, you’ll hear back soon.” I asked either way and they said yes. Sent a thank you and never heard another word from them. The other companies I interviewed with sent either an email or letter (about 4-5). I would estimate it took them 1 full week- 3 weeks to send those out. *Note-I’ve never gotten a call saying I didn’t get a job. I’m assuming that’s pretty standard not to do for the most part.

    One company I interviewed with said I would hear back either way, it was about 2 weeks and I sent an email to one of the people I interviewed with. Never got a response. (BTW, their website said the position was filled) But less than a week later I got an automated rejection email.

    The current company I interviewed with, I had two interviews. Both went really well and they seemed to be very interested. It’s been almost a full week and I haven’t heard anything. Gave their hr manager a call yesterday and it went to voice mail, still haven’t heard anything.

    Because I have a vague idea of what HR is like, I can understand what that may be like on their side. When we are the ones interviewing we are putting our hopes and dreams into this one opportunity. But when HR staff interview day in, day out, I think they forget what it’s like on the other side of things. It becomes such a routine, automated process. They have a hierarchy of what needs to be done and I’m sure stray emails and voice mails are not at the top of that list.

    On a personal note though, it drives me crazy to sit around and wait. It’s hard to stay optimistic when you give a great interview and it still wasn’t enough to get the job.

    • I hear you. Most of the people in HR right now did not lose their job these past few years so they have no idea what it actually feels like during these times. They interview you, pass on their summary to upper management and call it a day. I feel especially horrible for new graduates, they have no idea what they’re in for.

  122. I am a sales person who was unemployed and is currently not. I can agree and disagree with the bloggers on this site I stumbled on. Great website BTW.
    I can agree that HR people with “preaching ethics” should do the same in the end by telling you the results of the interview. Let me back up… If you “shotgun” your resume to 100 companies, don’t expect to get a response right away. You might (I stress “might”) get a reply email a few months after.
    What I have an issue with are people we have not mentioned on this site and they are worse. Professional recruiters or as I like to call them “used car salesman” that hold your sanity in their hands.
    Think of these recruiters or also known as “headhunters” are the people who broker jobs that you won’t see on a career builder or even Ladders.com. If your mad that HR or hiring managers don’t call you back, these slim are supposed to help you get a high paying job then in turn they are paid by the hiring company up to 40% of your first years’ salary.
    When they call me; and from past experience, I ask them if they have the contracted position or are referral. Most of the times they lie and say they have the contracted position. They are usually working in tandem with a co-worker and are “Information fishing” for the client. Basically they are tring to find out how much people want for a salary and that’s all that comes down too.
    Ok now may bitching about these people. I had a guy call me a month ago (who he even said we haven’t spoken 5 years) I’m still in his little black book. He got what he wanted out of me after a few phone/email conversations. He callers me to set up an agreed phone interview 2 days later with the owner of the company. Never heard from ether of them!!! So he was written off by me, but they do the same thing. If you go through them and don’t end up with a hiring package they take you off their books. I had enough of these guys people. So to end the conversation about headhunter, interview them!! Tell them you are working with 10 recruiters, keep them wondering.
    If you all have not known that companies hiring managers do a deeper search of you by Facebook or linked in.com? They do and you should do the same to them. So if you have pictures of you getting hammered at a house party on Facebook ether remove the pictures or make the privacy setting higher.
    I have found out that you can find out about your future manager/vp on Linked in.com. We are all on it and with a some detective work, you can get a basis of the guy/girl on it.
    I can go on and on, but one thing I have to say is close the deal. In my sales world hiring managers want to see a confident/ego driven candidate. I say nice way “if you had a choice to hire someone, would you hire me now”, usually they give you a benign answer. I ask that because I can generally get a litmus test on the results of going forward in the interview process. I love doing it to the people who pretreated me with disrespect in the process (no timely calls or appointments) Some people and some careers; you cannot do that, but you can tone it down a little to get a response. Don’t act like the jerky boys used car salesman skit:
    I am a sales person who was unemployed and is currently not. I can agree and disagree with the bloggers on this site I stumbled on. Great website BTW.
    I can agree that HR people with “preaching ethics” should do the same in the end by telling you the results of the interview. Let me back up… If you “shotgun” your resume to 100 companies, don’t expect to get a response right away. You might (I stress “might”) get a reply email a few months after.
    What I have an issue with are people we have not mentioned on this site and they are worse. Professional recruiters or as I like to call them “used car salesman” that hold your sanity in their hands.
    Think of these recruiters or also known as “headhunters” are the people who broker jobs that you won’t see on a career builder or even Ladders.com. If your mad that HR or hiring managers don’t call you back, these slim are supposed to help you get a high paying job then in turn they are paid by the hiring company up to 40% of your first years’ salary.
    When they call me; and from past experience, I ask them if they have the contracted position or are referral. Most of the times they lie and say they have the contracted position. They are usually working in tandem with a co-worker and are “Information fishing” for the client. Basically they are tring to find out how much people want for a salary and that’s all that comes down too.
    Ok now may bitching about these people. I had a guy call me a month ago (who he even said we haven’t spoken 5 years) I’m still in his little black book. He got what he wanted out of me after a few phone/email conversations. He callers me to set up an agreed phone interview 2 days later with the owner of the company. Never heard from ether of them!!! So he was written off by me, but they do the same thing. If you go through them and don’t end up with a hiring package they take you off their books. I had enough of these guys people. So to end the conversation about headhunter, interview them!! Tell them you are working with 10 recruiters, keep them wondering.
    If you all have not known that companies hiring managers do a deeper search of you by Facebook or linked in.com? They do and you should do the same to them. So if you have pictures of you getting hammered at a house party on Facebook ether remove the pictures or make the privacy setting higher.
    I have found out that you can find out about your future manager/vp on Linked in.com. We are all on it and with a some detective work, you can get a basis of the guy/girl on it.
    I can go on and on, but one thing I have to say is close the deal. In my sales world hiring managers want to see a confident/ego driven candidate. I say nice way “if you had a choice to hire someone, would you hire me now”, usually they give you a benign answer. I ask that because I can generally get a litmus test on the results of going forward in the interview process. I love doing it to the people who pretreated me with disrespect in the process (no timely calls or appointments) Some people and some careers; you cannot do that, but you can tone it down a little to get a response. Don’t act like the jerky boys used car salesman skit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q77X1Dk3ixY

  123. Well.. I get a call from the HR administrator and we set up a first interview. The first interview went very well (I had to take an exam for the position which I scored a 96 on) and she scheduled a second interview to meet with two managers at the firm. Well the second interview I thought went very well and she told me they would most likely know who they were hiring by the end of that day and they would also let me know either way. I did the usual thank you letter emails after the second interview and even followed up with a phone call the HR administrator a week later but had to end up leaving a voice mail. I mean, if they tell you they will let you know either way it makes it a lot worse. I wish they would not even say that so I could move on more quickly if I don’t hear something within the alotted time period. I know I am a pretty naive person at times but I guess I just expect people to act with the same professional courtesy I give them. It only takes 30 seconds to a minute to send an email or a quick phone call. It’s not as if HR personnel are the only ones with busy schedules, do your job, it’s not hard.

  124. It is rude. I had an interview with comcast guy said hes pretty sure and they’ll call me back in 2 days. Never called me never responded to my emails or calls. Not only was I a candidate I was a customer. After that i switched to DSL/Dish. Companies need to realize they are not just ignoring some nobody.

  125. I have been on several interviews in the past 6 months. All except one has been through an agency. The first one (without an agency)…I interviewed for over 3 hours, met with 4 people and never heard a word back. The interviews I have landed via an agency…even the recruiters have a difficult time getting a response. People are rude. and I have a job…just trying to find another one (my boss is a jerk)and can’t afford to just up an quit (as much as I would like to).

  126. The reason I think that employers don’t ever really call people back is they have stopped caring about the people & the position they have been put in by being laid off. They are not in the position that we are in & would almost certainly think twice if not 3 times about it if they themselves were in the position that so many of us are in. Common courtesy just does not exsist anymore especially in these extreme hard times when it is needed most. If they would just step outside of their world & look at it through someone’s eyes who is struggling then maybe just maybe they would wake up from this dream world they have been living in & have a heart & a clue about what is really happening.

    The moral of this is Treat others as you would want to be treated: with dignity & respect. It does not take much & costs you nothing. Above all have a heart in difficult times, because you never know when you will be there someday & will need someone & a kind word to help you get through it, however long it may be.

  127. Hello all! I like this forum, i found multifarious compelling people on this forum.!!!

    Great Community, regard all!

  128. In Canada, it’s no better.

    Sometimes I wish back in junor high or high school, we learned more about the concepts of psycology, philosophy, career and life management and common sense rather then math and science, simply because those four concepts would be the most applicable in later life and help others understand why in these times, we need more comfort then ever.

    I’m glad there is always a webpage with a comment section filled with comments I can read and enjoy for their truth value. It seems like the Internet is the only place I talk without restraint is anymore, as well as find the truth and understand how people think.

    What is funny is, I knew despite what they were telling me in school, a resume just doesn’t matter to companies who have an agenda to fulfill and have a bias in who they hire. No matter how many times you go to a unemployment office, or to workshops in order to upgrade the quality your resume, it doesn’t matter, because corruption, laziness and mismanagement by the comapnies wins every single time.

    My advice is, whether job-searching becomes to much of an emotional burden on you, do what makes you happy, whether it be watching videos on Youtube or playing video games for hours on end, or just chatting with your friends by telephone, Facebook or Twitter. You will face criticism from those who claim you should be making a better effort out job-searching and getting money to pay your mortage, school loans or whatever, but in the end what matters is that you have had happy moments you can relish, rather then face a bitter, seemingly never-ending cycle of being left in the dark. I myself only send out three of four resumes in between long stints of chilling out in a week, and though deep down my conscious is telling me to try harder, I know that there is a big chance there are other people in this world of six billion people who feel the same way I do and understand money means nothing if there is no happiness.

    Other then that, I have nothing more to say, as most of the comments here reflect my struggles with getting a career that suits me, and I am happy this site exists.

    • I can totally relate with you on your views of finding happiness vs. working with corrupt, set up workers etc. Unfortunately, its seems to be the norm out there. I too hesitate going back into the swing of working, wondering if my next step will be into another pit of backstabbers, lying managers. In the job search, I have experienced temp agencies not calling back to let me know if I had obtained a position that they were so excited for me to go out on, responding ‘hey thanks for getting in touch!!!’ HR recruiters replying that a position was filled at the last moment, internally.. ‘But lets please keep in touch, for future openings…yes you may contact me personally’. Then no response when I do inquire about a new position.
      It would be nice to see some manners, and accountability, wouldn’t it?

      Btw, good for you Megan!

      Good luck everyone..

  129. Heh… I had an interview at a medical office for a med assistant position (never mind that I’m a nurse). The doctor was late for starters, so the office manager had me meet and chat with the other nurse until the doctor got there. The two of us hit it off very well, I thought. Once the doctor finally arrived, he and I began the actual interview. He indicated to me that the assistant position was an immediate opening, but that he might have a nurse’s spot opening “in a few weeks”. During the interview, a patient called in for a same day appointment. The doctor agreed to see the patient as soon as she could arrive, which just happened to be in less than 10 minutes. So, back to chatting with the other nurse… finally, the doctor finished his appointment and we resumed our interview. Meanwhile, another candidate came in, and the manager began showing him around the clinic. Okay, perhaps that was a time-user until my interview was complete. Perhaps he was the next scheduled interview. That happens when multiple candidates apply for an opening. No, it turns out that he was already hired for the position for which I was interviewing! As for the upcoming “nurse” position, that never happened. It was a sack of… um, fertilizer.

  130. I went in for an interview with the hiring manager. We hit it off and after the interview they sent me a link to a psychology/personality test. It took me over 4 HOURS to complete this thing. I then went in for a second interview with HR to discuss the results of the test. There were 4 sections and in 2 I got a “very good” fit, 1 “good fit” and the last section a “marginal fit”. Overall the test said I was a “marginal” candidate. I questioned the math on that and got a “we don’t solely rely on that test.” After the second interview, they scheduled a third, lunch with the CFO. By this point I thought I had it. After a week with no answer I followed up with HR and they never responded. After a 4 hour exam and rearranging my schedule to fit in 3 seperate interviews (I have a job just lookIng for a new one) and I couldn’t even get the human decency of a response one way or another? I got the last laugh though because a few months later I filed a complaint against them with the attorney generals office because they pulled my credit report which is illegal to do for employment purposes (in Illinois). They were given a warning citation.

  131. Whatever the reason for not calling someone back after an interview. Does it not just come down to professionalism and manners. I mean HR is a representation of a company.

    On another note, I have heard excuses of no haven’t made a decision or we’re waiting on xxxx. I guess this there are delays and indecision on every position? I hear it from all sorts of applicant as to the excuses. Just seems like a standard practice on the recruiter’s part.

    • I am losing my job at the end of this month and have already begun the job search in earnest (although I’ve been sending out resumes for a year now).

      I don’t expect much from these potential employers, quite honestly. I’m careful to apply for jobs that I genuinely feel I can do but usually don’t even get any follow-up. It’s inexcusable…especially for jobs at universities and from recruiters who put their personal contact info in the job posting. Two interviews in the last six months with no offers. It’s clear that in this climate, companies are NOT interested in hiring folks with potential–and interviews are more about confirming that those who are not 100% qualified are not worth considering any further. Unemployment will give me some time to re-deploy and overhaul my resume. That’s a good thing. My resume gets my foot in the door, but hasn’t opened it completely.

      One thing I do see here is a lot, lot of frustrated people. It’s quite possible that the disgust that many of you feel with company rudeness, disrespect and negligence can be parlayed into better hiring policies when you reach the upper echelons. May it be so.

      • I might add that companies are cash-rich and WILL begin hiring again. Frustrated people WILL find good-paying work in their fields. And I think that there will a day of reckoning and come-uppance for the last three years when this formerly disillusioned workforce takes over.

  132. When you cannot find a job; you are already beaten down. Then you get a call for a crappy job, yet they still want you to come to three or more interviews with no guarantee of hire. Then you spend what little money you have to go to these interviews only to get turned down. At least call me and say you don’t want me so we don’t waste all the time and money or look at my qualifications and hire me. Does it have to be that hard to do?

    • ….and don’t even get me started on these stupid personality tests! Whatever happened to just getting to know someone through an interview?

      Why do you fill out endless paperwork on job boards only to be sent to a company website….TO DO THE SAME THING ALL OVER AGAIN!

      It’s like they are trying to get us to give up!

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    • I have many years of experience in recruiting and always contacted people I interviewed to let them know if they weren’t being considered. It was the part of my job I disliked most, but ignoring people YOU invite into your office is discourteous and highly unprofessional.

      The truth is that most recruiters just don’t want to deliver bad news, so they take the easy way out and do nothing.

  134. I have been looking for a job now for about 2 months and have had 3 phone interviews.

    The first phone interview I had the person I interviewed with took a higher job within the company and then the recruiter sent me a letter saying I didn not get the job. I appreciated him for doing so, but what I dont understand is why the recruiter sent me the letter, I didnt interview with him.

    The other 2 phone interviews are yet to be decided if I will get a 2nd interview which will be face to face.

    But the last 2 hiring managers told me if I hear anything else that is a good thing(basically saying if I hear nothing then I didnt get it) So I wont be upset if I dont hear anything cause they kinda let me know what the deal was before hand.

    But yes the professionalism is gone and those who have been ignoring people just better hope that the same person they ignored isnt the one making the decision on them one day.

  135. I’ve been unemployed for a while and I decided to go though another temp agency. They are so useless. They know you want to work, but won’t help you get a position. That said, because my resume was on file with one of these companies, they called me directly, and said I would be better suited for another position and called me in for an interview this past Friday. (8/26). Now the east coast did have to deal with Hurricane Irene, but our state was fairly lucky in comparison to others, so that was why I didn’t call anyone on Monday. I did an electronic thank you note that Friday after my interview and today I called the H.R. department and was directed to voicemail — surprise, no phone call! It is very frustrating. I did have a number on my caller ID this morning from another company that I submitted a resume to last week, but I really wanted this other job. I’m afraid I’ll settle for the job I don’t really want and then these people are going to finally call me back (and it was a good and friendly interview) — and do I quit this job I might have a chance of getting or do I stay and basically say, “You guys had your chance, but you were too busy playing the ignoring game.” It only takes a second to send out an email letting someone know either way. But I can’t ignore another job offer, even if it’s for less money. These companies can learn a little bit of good manners can go a very long way.

  136. I had an interview (Friday) with an employer and apparently he liked me enough to move forward into a second interview (following Monday). He expressed that on Monday afternoon (he didn’t set a time with me, just said he would call in the afternoon) we would talk again and move forward. Only problem is that he stood me up for what has been 2 days now. On Friday he sent me an in-depth job description including pay structure documents (it’s a base plus commission job) and a form to fill out for a background check. I got both back to him Monday morning before we were supposed to talk in the afternoon, along with a handwritten thank you via email as he is in Kansas City and I am in Minneapolis. Now here it is Wednesday, I have been stood up and I can’t get a response from him via email or phone, and I know he was in the office b/c the secretary told me so. On our first interview he expressed he had been swamped with work. I hope this is the case and that he is not just ignoring me. I really want this job, it’s great work helping people and it’s really great money. What should I do?? Continue to call once every day as I have been or let it die? Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

  137. I applied for a job over a month and a half ago that I was qualified for. Went on an interview and was told that they would be doing a little pretest to see if you can use the software needed. I never received an email or call back. Here it is a month and half later and I see the job posted once again. Should I email or write a letter to remind them of me? I really wanted that job! Its funny because its a small company in the middle of no where and she claims to have gotten 100′s of resumes, yet, you didn’t find anyone who qualifies in over a month and a half. This is upsetting because I really thought she was considering me yet, I got no response back even after sending a thank you letter.

  138. I had an interview last Monday.  Went well; very well.  They were impressed with my skills, education and legal background and very impressed with several comments made to their questions.  I sent a thank you letter the same day and a follow up letter (to refresh their memories) at the end of the week.  I was told I would hear, either way, by Monday (yesterday).  No word yet.  Yes, I understand that the hiring process takes longer than it did before due to so many people out of work, however, I took the time to attend the interview and expect nothing less than the same courtesy in return.  If you say you’re going to call, then CALL.  If you’re delayed, send a quick email to notify applicants a decision has not been made.  Takes 15 minutes of your time (if you were smart enough not to interview 50 people for the job and limited it down to the best possible 5-10).  Also, if you can spend 15 minutes to draft a rejection letter, you can certainly afford less than 5 minutes to make a call instead.  There is absolutely no excuse for any employer not to call when they say.  The professionalism demonstrated in instances like this is what differentiates a good manager from a bad one.

  139. I’ve had six interviews and none had called me back, after getting to 1st stage and sometimes last stage interviews.
     
    At first I was really mad, having sometimes travelled miles to get to the interviews, and at the end of the interviews, whilst shaking their  hands them saying “We will call you in a week or two about our decision”
     
    I am a firm believer of “Your word is your bond”, but my experience is these people were bare face liars. I if did not get the job “JUST LET ME KNOW”, but what I have learnt is that if they go back on their word to you, can you imagine what they would be like if you worked for them? If they cannot be honest with you now, what makes you think they would change if employed by them?
     
    Just see it as a lucky escape, and it wasn’t meant to be.

  140. I had a very bizarre experience while trying for a position recently. I applied for the position and was asked for my references before I was even interviewed. I sent them and received an email stating they had a problem contacting them. I promptly checked my references to be sure everything was correct. I resent them and 5 mins later got a reply stating they went with someone else with more experience. I accepted this and moved on with my job search. A week later I received a phone call asking if I was still interested in an interview. I said yes and was told I had to travel 500 miles for the interview. I did the interview and was asked to tour the facility anonymously  to see what I thought. I did that as well. I sent an interview  thank you email promptly. 2 weeks passes and I hear nothing. I send a follow up email stating I am very interested and I’m checking the status of the job. I got no response for 2 more weeks. I sent a final email and got a reply that stated…. We went with someone else. I found this to be totally unprofessional. They turned me down and then pursued me again …made me travel 500 miles for an interview then didn’t give me the courtesy of a no thank you. Shame on you.

  141. I also had a very odd experience. I had an interview for a position for which I was very well qualified. At the interview, the hiring manger told me how impressed she was with my skill set and how perfectly it matched the qualifications of the job. Upon leaving the interview, she noted that I would be a great fit and that she would be calling in a couple of days for the next stage. She did not have a final answer a couple days later, but did call to say that since she had promised she would call, she wanted to touch base. She also added that she was working on coordinating with human resources, but that an offer would be made within 3 days as I am the top (and perhaps the only) candidate in the running. That was over a week ago and still no word. I have neither been asked for a list of references nor have I signed off on a background check authorization – so it’s not like any new information has come to light (not that it would anyway). It may be a blessing in disguise since I was not 100% sold on the position; however, it was very odd that she was adamant about keeping her word to call me back in one instance then no word for over a week in the next instance. I am happy to take it as a sign to seek other opportunities. :)

  142. I recently had an interview with a company was required to do 2 written knowledge tests one on Electronic components and the other Mechanical, passing these tests would mean getting an interview with the director. I passed both tests they said my combined score was 96% had the interview, the interview lasted almost 3 hours, very intense , felt I had a good connection with the interviewer, afterwards I got home and after couple of hours I sent the director a thank you email, I felt I was more than qualified for the job, only to never hear back from them again, I call him and get his voice mail I leave a message, no reply no reply to emails either. So WTF went wrong I dunno!  Very frustrating, during that same week I also had a phone interview with a competitor company they both advertised for similar positions, 100% certain they were separate companies, this I did a phone interview and the interviewer says I was the top candidate and I am too expect a call later on in the week, from his manager for another phone interview, company’s HQ is located in another city, then after the weekend with no 2nd call I get a rejection letter by email. Then there was the time I went to a recruiting company, interview with them and employer for position thought I aced the interview, they said they call me for 2nd interview just didn’t know what 2nd interviewers schedule is and they’d get back to me, well I heard nothing back from them a week later all emails ignored, then I did some searching on Google and found the recruiters personal cell #, she recognized my number and never answered, then sends me a job offer via email for some minimum wage job working graveyard shift and nothing to do with what I’m qualified for, says this job is mine if I want it!  Then there was another recruiter and he lead me on during the holiday season with this job says I was perfect for it, then after excuses every 3rd day on why no formal interview, interviewer had to take time off work, hiring was put on hold, too resume first week of Jan 2013, no call back no word, emails and phone calls ignored.  My God! I’ve been unemployed for almost 1 year and I’ve never had such BS job hunting as I’ve had this past year, no wonder people go on a rampage!

  143. I received a call from a HR assistant who indicated that the HR manager would like to schedule a phone interview the following day at 10:00 am. I prepared the night before, and the next morning, I waited for until 10:30 no phone call. I then called the company and ask to speak to the person that I was to interview with, I got a voice mail and left her a message, regarding the 10:00 am appointment we were scheduled to have, still I have not heard back. What does this mean?

  144. I have had 2 job interviews in retail. I never got a call back from either one. One was for TJ Maxx, I have a lot of retail experience and ready to work. I felt things went well. She said she would call by the end of the week. The end of the week came and not call. I did my one time follow through call and she said they picked the best 2 candidates.
    Then last week I had an Interview with Staples. I felt again I answered the questions appropriately. Then the guy asked if I had any questions for him and I said “NO”. He seemed to be surprised. Then told me if I am lucky enough to get a call back from him by tomorrow, that will start the orientation and hiring process for back ground checks. Eagerly waiting and NEVER received the call. 
    Even minimum wage jobs are being difficult to hire.

  145. Ok guys I applied  for a position at the hospital,this is what they sent me back..
    1:Dear Applicant,
     Thank you for your interest in Health Partners.  We have received your application and look forward to reviewing it. If we find that your experience and skills may be a match for a position in our company we will e-mail you instructions on how to access the next step in the application process.
     2.Dear Applicant,
     Your application has been reviewed and your skills, qualifications and education match those for the position you applied for. The next step in the application process is for you to participate in our “job qualifications” testing program.
    Sent I took the test I have not receive anything respond from them.
    what happen,did I pass the test or not?

  146. I have worked with staffing agencies which seem to be a waste of time. You go to their office fill out and application, some you take a test and then boom you never hear from them. If you do they have an answer for anything. Oh I have something that you might be interested in they tell you about it you say that would be something I would like. Never hear back. You call and hear every excuse in the world. Oh they decided to hold off on the position or I haven’t heard back but meanwhile they tell you their looking for someone ASAP. Then you have the jobs you apply to , you go for an interview finish your interview and never hear from them. You call or email to ask the status no response. How long does it take to send an email or make a call Than You for coming in but we chose someone else. I know when applying for a job they can’t contact everyone but at least if you took the time to GO for an interview wouldn’t it be a little bit professional for them to call you. How rude are they!!!!!!!!!!!

  147. Multi-tasking. i though some of these temp agencies were labor unions in disguise. never received a good answer despite asking a few temp agencies and the national labor union. i asked i have registered with 3 or 4 different. maybe worked once for about 1month. i think they are just collecting information , soundbites, images.

  148. Ex wife went to an interview in early 2008. The interviewers exact words were “I dont see why u wouldnt get hired”. She followed up in a week or so & come to find out the (expletive) that did the interview never handed her info off to the person that made the final decision. So they hired someone else that the same interviewer DID hand off the proper info on. It was likely an insider get a friend/family hired type thing. The place hired maybe once every 4-5 years in a GOOD economy! Still shady to do that. Just tell folks they didnt gget hired even if its your own family. Folks do to many favors & put companies at risk for lawsuits.

  149. the same thing happened on me too. i was very happy to receive the interview email from the manager to schedule the date and time, i replied and since then, three weeks passed the schedule date,no reply at all!!!  never experienced that except the USA.

  150. I have only had ONE call back and that was from my very first job that had at kroger. I have already called 3 times and the hiring manager says the supervisor has not gotten back with her yet. this is frustrating as my family is riding my back. Im at the point now to where i will begin looking for jobs in canada (and permanently move there.)

  151. I recently applied for a position with a company that I have been a loyal customer of for the past 5 years. I heard back from the owner within 36 hours of submitting my resume. He left a voice mail saying I could either call him back or send him an email with dates | was available to go for an interview (he called AND sent me an email).I replied to his email with 5 dates I was available (same day I received his email). 3 days later I hadn’t heard a response, so I called the company ( he wasn’t in yet) and they said I should email because (“he is always checking those emails”). So I emailed another response and STILL have not heard a reply. Decided to call today again and the associate said to email when I said I wanted to leave a message. Should I bother trying to email again? 

    So frustrating considering HE took the time to both call AND email me. He seemed really interested…so rude…guess he’ll be losing a chance for a hard working employee as well as a loyal customer.

  152. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who had been conducting a little
    research on this. And he actually ordered me dinner due to the fact that I found it for him…

    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this issue here on
    your internet site.

  153. why would the hiring manager have me come in twice for non paid training at a cafe. then tell me she will contact me for scheduling but she never called me to start working. I am a little confused, why would the manager lead me to think i will start working there

  154. I applied at Morehouse School of Medicine back in March. I was interviewed and never heard from the hiring manager though I followed up twice. Another position became available so I applied for that position. Unfortunately I was interviewed by the SAME hiring manager and she had the nerve to act indignant that I had applied for another job. Then she tells me she was still interviewing for the other job after 3 months. Stay away from this organization unless you’re outwardly ghetto!

  155. I used to hire people and I called EVERY person back. It doesn’t eat up much time. If THEY took the time to write a cover letter, resume, fill out my paper application, then even if I don’t interview them, it still only takes a minute to ring them back.

    Also, employers should tell people WHY they aren’t considered. THAT only takes a minute too. No matter how many applicants.

    I have applied to jobs I KNOW I was qualified for (according to THEIR job posting) and heard nothing.

    Why the silence? Nerve racking.

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