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Is it normal to just never hear back following an interview?


Been over 4 weeks since my second, all day long interview and either a) the company hasn't made a decision, or b) they did and the recruiting agency is just moving on. This person really wasn't "my recruiter", but more of a headhunting service that this particular company utilizes all the time. I'm trying not to bug the recruiting agent, as I did follow up with her about a week after the interview, but closure would be nice if that's the case. Either that, or the company is still interviewing and I'm simply "still in consideration". But after this long, I'm not sure how good those chances would actually be at this point.






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LSURussian
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Is it normal to just never hear back following an interview?
"Normal"? No, but it does happen.

You should call the person who interviewed you and say just what you wrote here, you're looking for closure either way.






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RickAstley
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re: Is it normal to just never hear back following an interview?


I have had cases where I never heard back. The only way I got feedback was through contacting them directly by email. You should not have to wait more than 2-3 weeks in my opinion for a call back or an email regarding an interview. I would contact them and ask for an update of status, as it impacts your decision making process while searching for a job.





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Vols&Shaft83
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Been over 4 weeks since my second, all day long interview and either a) the company hasn't made a decision, or b) they did and the recruiting agency is just moving on. This person really wasn't "my recruiter", but more of a headhunting service that this particular company utilizes all the time. I'm trying not to bug the recruiting agent, as I did follow up with her about a week after the interview, but closure would be nice if that's the case. Either that, or the company is still interviewing and I'm simply "still in consideration". But after this long, I'm not sure how good those chances would actually be at this point.



An initial "Thank you for the opportunity to interview" is necessary to show basic thoughtfulness and appreciation for the interviewer's time and energy. Beyond that, and in a brief, pithy format (no longer than approximately three to five paragraphs), you'll want to address any overarching points that were made in the interview. For example, if a specific question or discussion point stumped you or left you feeling a little less than articulate, then use the follow-up letter to smooth it over.

Show, through word clarity, that you are qualified by pointing to a story, result, or skill set that will help overcome the objection you may have left as residue at the close of the interview. As such, consider the follow-up letter an opportunity not only for professional courtesy, but also for clean-up, if you will, as well as to reinforce your value for the specific role.


Good luck






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Im4datigers
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re: Is it normal to just never hear back following an interview?


honestly, either way it's time to move on. If they called you up today (after 4 weeks) and offered you the job after not speaking a word to you since the interview would you really want to go and work for them anyway?

That stinks of an unorganized, no communication, no decision making capability workplace.






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ZereauxSum
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re: Is it normal to just never hear back following an interview?


It could be the case that there wasn't a clear understanding of who (employer or headhunter) would be notifying those who didn't get the job. It's still kind of crappy not to notify, especially after a second interview but no one is obligated to.

I'd contact the headhunter and inquire about where they are in the process. If they don't respond and you have contact info for the employer you should go straight to them.






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TheIndulger
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re: Is it normal to just never hear back following an interview?


If you've only asked once in the last 4 weeks, it won't hurt to do another follow up call or email.







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Htown Tiger
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Thanks for the comments all. I'll probably reach out at least once more to the headhunter for an update, though I kind of agree with the majority here, that it's probably best to move on.





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Zach
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You should call the person who interviewed you and say just what you wrote here, you're looking for closure either way.


You just ignited an old brain cell. Many years ago I was turned down for a promotion and went into the office to ask the interviewer what I did wrong.

He explained his reasons. I then explained the 10 reasons why he was wrong and stupid. He had no response. Didn't get the job but it felt good.






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LSURussian
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re: Is it normal to just never hear back following an interview?


One thing you've got to ask yourself is do you really want to work for a company that has treated you so disrespectfully?





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Im4datigers
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I'd ditch said headhunter too. Sounds like he's one of the ones that just throws resumes against the walls and see if they stick. I can pick these guys out within the first two minutes of a phone conversation with them.

I'd network in the industry and find out who the real headhunters are with credible backgrounds and resources.






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Htown Tiger
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One thing you've got to ask yourself is do you really want to work for a company that has treated you so disrespectfully?

I know, and you are right. But man....they paid so well!

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I'd ditch said headhunter too. Sounds like he's one of the ones that just throws resumes against the walls and see if they stick.

I think so too. Like I said, this person wasn't my recruiter really, so she wasnt 'working for me'. She deals a lot with this company, so she has their best interests in mind. I just find it odd not to hear a peep. At least let me know they've decided to pass. Then I can concentrate on my current job more.






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AbsolutTiger
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Normal


Actually, today, yes. When I was job hunting I went on several interviews, to never hear from them again.






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Alabama Slim
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re: Is it normal to just never hear back following an interview?


I interviewed with a company and never heard anything back. Then 10 weeks later they called out of the blue and offered me the job. My guess was the person they originally hired didn't work out.





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eng08
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Normal, current company policy is to not notify until position is filled and employee starts which could be never.

Made me mad as hell to never hear anything when i was interviewing, also said a WTF to the hr friend who told me that abt the current company policy.






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