The Post-Interview Wait
The weeks following an interview can be nerve-wracking as you wait to hear back from your potential employer. Sometimes that window of time can stretch on for several weeks, which led one of our Jobipedia users to ask, “I have yet to hear anything back from my recruiter...What actually happens after a final interview?”

Behind The Scenes

Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, shares, “It's difficult to say exactly what’s going on behind the scenes because there isn’t one single process that all companies follow after interviews. Things can progress differently based on the position, candidates, interviewers, timeline, etc. Some companies make hiring decisions and extend offers immediately after interviews, but that’s not always the case. There could be other outlying factors such as not all interviewers being able to calibrate on their feedback yet, or maybe additional interviews are coming up and they want to be able to compare all candidates equally before extending offers. Also, sometimes the recruiter is just out of the office or busy with other meetings and can't get the offers extended immediately.”  More from Ashley

Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, says, “If you haven’t heard back after your interview, it’s likely that they just haven't gotten to everyone yet. A key person may be out of the office or other short-term priorities may need their full focus before they can get back to everyone.  It could just be a team trying to do 50 things at once and they only have time to do 20!”  More from Tom

The Two-Week Window

Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, offers, “Two weeks is a general time frame recruiters often give interviewees for a decision window. However, this can be pushed back based on hiring manager availability, other ongoing interviews, approvals from higher up, etc. I recommend sending your recruiter a quick follow up email requesting an update or even thanking them for scheduling the interview. Don't lose hope! Sometimes no news is good news.”  More from Patricia

In The Meantime

Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., suggests, “Reach out to the recruiter weekly to get an update. It’s very likely that they are waiting on other decision-makers and that they don’t have more information other than what they are telling you. Still, checking in will show them that you are still interested in working for them as well as your ability to persevere and follow-up. Hopefully, they will pull things together and you can have some clarity about their hiring decision.”   More from Stephanie

Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, advises, “I would recommend waiting until the window they gave you has passed and if you haven't heard anything, send an email to the recruiter to check-in. If you have any pending offers and you need to hear back from the company sooner, don't be afraid to reach out and make them aware of that as well.”  More from Ashley

Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., says, “If the recruiter you’ve been working with set an expectation that you would get an update in a few days and you are past that timeline, then you have the green light to follow up. Whether you send an email or pick up the phone and call is up to you, but either way, it’s ok to check-in and ask for an update. It’s hard to guess what’s going on behind the scenes with the job posting. Sometimes they automatically take down the listing on a certain date, while others are taken down when the hiring team feels they have enough qualified candidates in the consideration process. Typically, decline emails are sent when the position is filled, so if you haven’t received one yet I would keep your hopes up until you get a definitive status of your application!”  More from Stephanie

Waiting is hard, but it’s part of the job-hunting process. Keep your spirits up and follow-up with your recruiter! Every email sent is one step closer to your dream job. 
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