/ Asked by Evan
I submitted an online applications for an entry-level leadership development program about four weeks ago. It is a company that I am passionate about and I am really hoping to get an interview, but I haven't heard anything back yet. I submitted a resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation and feel as though I meet the qualifications for the job. What is a typical hiring process/timeline for a leadership development program at a large company? Is there anything I should do while I wait to hear back?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 1, 2013
In large organizations it can take a little time for you to receive a response.  This is not because they are not interested in you, but rather because as a large organization, the volume of applicants that they receive is significant and typically the people who are responsible for making hiring decision and getting the communication back to the candidates are pulled in a number of different directions. This causes other priorities to move to the forefront, but give them a few weeks and they will get back to you.  I suggest that if you have not heard back from them after 2-3 weeks, send a follow-up e-mail to the company asking for an update on your status.  This should prompt them to provide you with an update.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I would enccourage you to follow-up.  If you are really passionate about the company you have nothing to loose.  Following up with show your interest and follow-through.  Those are great skills to have.  If you happen to know someone at the company you may want to have them network on your behalf.  That is often very helpful.  The last option that I have to offer that can set you apart is to provide a sample of your work as a follow-up. That could set you apart from the competition.

Good luck!

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
If you are passionate about the company and the position then I recommend following up.  It never hurts to display eagerness and bring postive attention to yourself.  If you have an email to contact, great!  If not, revisit the company's careers site and most large organizations will have one or more communication channels available to candidates.  

Lastly, don't be discouraged that some time has passed since the hiring process at large organizations often takes longer than what you may be familar with.   
Answered by Paula, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
If you had an opportunity to meet a company representative on campus, I would encourage you to follow up regarding your application and inquire about the timeline. The typical hiring timeline varies; in my experience it could be several weeks or span the length of a semester. If you have not recieved a response, ask your career center if they have a relationship with the company that they could leverage and ask for follow up on your behalf.
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