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The Company Won’t Return Your Call – What Do You Do Now?

March 7th, 2018

The journey to a new job isn’t an easy one. From writing unique resumes for each position to practicing interview skills, to follow-up communication, there’s a lot to manage. When a company doesn’t respond to your call or any communication, it can add to job search frustration.

How to Get a Company to Call You for an Interview

It’s important to keep realistic expectations when you’re waiting to hear from a company. A hiring manager has a lot of resumes to look over and lots of other responsibilities to manage, so don’t expect a quick response.

That being said, be sure to answer the needs of the job description specifically when crafting your resume. The job recruiter or hiring manager at the company is going to first check to be sure you will meet their needs with a quick glance at your resume or cover letter. If you meet their specific needs, you’ll be more likely to get a call! If not, you’ll be passed over.

If after a couple of weeks, you still have not heard anything, you can feel comfortable reaching out just one time to the same contact you sent your resume to. In this communication, kindly express your interest in the position and your eagerness to interview for the job, or feel closure to move on to another job opportunity if you’re not the right fit for their company.

How to Follow-Up After the Interview

If you were given the chance to interview for the position, there are different follow-up tips for this stage of the job hunt.

Within 24 hours of interviewing, you should send a courtesy email, thanking them for the opportunity to interview for the job position. It’s nice to include an invitation to contact you with any questions they might have. Then, it’s time to be patient for about five business days.

If you haven’t heard from the recruiter or human resources team in that time, you can politely reach out another time. Start your note by saying that you are not trying to be a pest but that you are very excited about the opportunity to work at the company. Be sure to include, and maybe rephrase, the content from your courtesy email. Then it’s time to wait another five business days.

Still haven’t heard back? You have one more reasonable chance to reach out to the company or recruiter. Send another note or email, expressing your desire to be a part of their team, including original content from your previous emails. In this last attempt to hear back from the hiring team, you can express wanting to hear back with either good or bad news so that you can get started at the company or continue your job search elsewhere.

Get Practical Help Along the Way

If you want help crafting an eye-catching resume, getting interview tips, or even more advice on follow-up communications, contact Concorde Personnel and work with a top staffing agency in Norwalk CT.

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