/ Asked by Kumar
How long should one wait to receive a response on a job application? Colleagues at my university who applied for the same position have received calls for interviews. Patience is the key, but what makes me paranoid is all who applied received interview calls a couple of weeks ago. I spoke with the HR contact and they asked me to wait. It has been 7 weeks since I applied and 2 weeks after the conversation with the HR. Should I contact her again? What do recruiters really feel when an applicant follows up regularly? Does it imply to the recruiter that I am desperate or proactive?
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, June 10, 2015
There isn’t a universal answer to your question because all companies are different. Some companies will give an applicant a response back within a few days and others may wait a few months to get in touch with an applicant. There are different factors within the businesses that are you might not be aware of that could cause a delay in the process of filling requisitions. If you have already spoken to a Human Resources contact then I would hold off on contacting her again. There is most likely a reason why she recommended that you continue to wait. It’s much easier said than done but be patient with the process. It’s a stressful process but it will be worth it in the end. Good luck!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The answer to this question will vary from company to company and position to position. There is no standard timeline all companies follow for contacting job applicants. There are factors that may be out of the recruiter’s control that is delaying the interview process. Your colleagues may have had qualifications that aligned more closely with the role so they could have been contacted first but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been disqualified. If you’ve already been in touch with the recruiter, I wouldn’t follow-up again because you are already on her radar. It may come off pushy if she has already told you she will follow-up but you reach out first. The job search process can sometimes be timely so I would recommend waiting it out and being patient.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015
That is a tough situation to be in! My recommendation is to hold off on contacting them. To continue to call in and ask, just makes it uncomfortable for both parties. If you have an email address, that would be more appropriate. I would recommend sending a polite email that reiterates your interest in the company and position and let them know that you are happy to provide any information that may be needed.
It doesn’t sound like you are in consideration for the positon. That is OK! You win some and you lose some! Never get to emotionally attached to positions that you apply to, because you may never hear back. In this situation, I would recommend asking your colleagues about how they applied, and went about the process. Take a look at their resumes and see where you both differ. This will provide you helpful insight on what you could potentially do better. Or, it could have been a timing thing, your colleagues may have applied at just the right time, and they decided to move forward with them. I wish you the best of luck in your search!
Nell
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Timing is always going to depend on a company's internal process and business need.  This may mean that they are looking to bring people on board right away or they could be planning for the future.  Respectful follow up is not perceived as desperate, and I would typically say that 2 weeks between follow up messages is just about right.  I might recommend asking the recruiters you speak with what they would prefer for the timing of your follow ups.  If you are not selected for this job, you still want to be considered for other positions.  Keep that in mind when you are having contact with recruiters and other people you network with during the job seeking process, all your contacts are a potential door opening to a job. 

You are at the start of your career, so having a good number of irons in the fire is a good idea!  Best of luck to you in your search!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 19, 2015
It is normal to be anxious when you have not heard back from an employer in a timely manner.  It is perfectly acceptable to follow up on your status.  If you have a contact name, I would suggesting initially following up with an e-mail and your second follow up can be a phone call.  Normally, a position is filled within 45-60 days, but for college positions, it can be different.  Sometimes companies are trying to fill several of the same types of positions and it takes some time to match up the people they want to hire with the right manager.  It also can be complicated if there is a manager who has been pulled into other higher priority duties than filling their position.  In your case, you absolutely should follow-up.  I would wait one more week and then place a phone call to the recruiter.  Inform them that you understand that they are busy, but that you are very excited about the opportunity at their company and would like to know one way or another if you are being considered.  This should provide you with some closure on the matter.
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