How long to wait after interview before moving on?

Hey Guys,

How long would you wait after an interview before accepting you weren't chosen, or to send a follow up email? I'm on 6 business days for a FO role at an EB.

Thanks.

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Jul 19, 2017

Did they say they would be in touch soon? If so, waiting 1 week or 2 max is what I would recommend, but I think 7 days is sufficient. Im no expert but hopefully this helps a little.

Best of luck

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Jul 19, 2017

Thanks for your response... The last interviewer said 'we are still looking at candidates and any correspondence will be from HR'. The wait is brutal haha

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Jul 19, 2017

I've waited up to 2-3 weeks, but there were some external circumstances that required consideration (needed to wait until the end of my role at current job before I could start the transition process). I know it is man, and my advice is to fight the nerves with more applications and networking. Whenever I think I wont get a desired position is when I network the hardest, send out the most emails, and usually end up getting something else to give me that false sense of job security. All jokes aside, in your situation I would say 10 days or 7 business days should be fine, no risk if you wait that long. Odds are they still have a fair amount of interviews to get through, idk though because with an EB firm they probably don't have as many as a MM or BB. Could be just a slower HR process due to being a smaller firm. Not to beat a dead horse too much, but I really recommend looking at other alternatives just to build a strong backup plan. Im sure you'll be fine, so try not to let the stress build.

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Jul 19, 2017

Great, thanks for the solid advice to help ease the nerves... Will make use of it.. all the best!

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Jul 20, 2017

I'm actually in a very similar position right now. Honestly, it really depends because all situations are different. But I find that EB's GENERALLY move quickly. That is, unless they were currently in the middle of a live transaction and shit hits the fan which means recruiting takes a back seat. There's really no way of knowing what's going on, so just shoot out an email somewhere 1-2 weeks in, ask if there an update and if you are still being considered. Don't kill yourself trying to read into any responses, you did the best you could and its out of your hands.

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Jul 21, 2017

Thanks... Do you think they let you know even if you don't get it? Or just radio silence...

Jul 21, 2017

From my experience its been silence, since HR was never really involved its just interviews with the actual team . Silence is the killer because silence gives you that bit of hope since you haven't been officially denied.. Like I mentioned in the post above, dont over think and just reach out when its time, it's stressful, I know. All this varies too on weather its a final round or first screens etc.

Jul 21, 2017

Ive only interviewed maybe 15 times, but out of those 15, I received 6 offers, 1 rejection email, and the remaining 8 did not send anything. Silence is golden, and firms are actually at risk for explaining why you didnt get the position. If they stop responding cold turkey you normally stop pushing (asking why you didnt get it, if the other applicant was more qualified, etc.). Hold your head high and keep applying

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Jul 20, 2017

The wisest advice regardless of profession is to continue hunting in the meanwhile until you have something solid lined up. It takes so long to wade through the bullshit that you really need to have your next lead in the works as soon as you interview at a place in case you don't get it. Otherwise you won't get placed in a position asap.

Jul 21, 2017

Waiting doesn't get you employed. Although it may be too late for you now, good practice is to lay the foreground for future contact in the interview.

Best way to do this is to thank them for the opportunity and ask when you can expect a call back / follow-up. Then humbly express that you have other interviews coming up, (which you should, don't lie about them if you don't), but because you were interested in the firm and felt it was a good fit; Ask them if they would mind if you kept the interviewer in the loop with regards to your interview progress at other firms?

Two Scenarios play out:
1.) The Interviewer says Yes:
The interviewer is expressing interest in you. In addition, you get to humbly show that you're a sought after candidate, it allows you a reason to stay in touch with the interviewer, and it shows you're forthcoming / able to have an honest conversation about your best interests as a candidate. When updating them, do not give them a play by play. Short humble touch points about major deadlines and progress.

2.) The Interviewer says No:
Not a tell tale sign of disinterest, but it probably means you should give them space to formulate their decision. Take note of the date when they make their decision and follow up a week in advance (call or short email) expressing your interest and fit with the firm. In the email also include a short sentence about your progress at other firms (only expressing positive momentum).

Worst case scenario: You don't have any interviews lined up... Make sure that after you've finished the "Do you have any questions for us?" portion of the interview, you follow up with one final question. Asking them if you can get in touch about any future questions you may have omitted? Be sure to contact them a few days down the road and have more intelligent questions prepared.

"A man can convince anyone he's somebody else, but never himself."

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Feb 13, 2018

If it's been 2 weeks, maybe give them a call or shoot them an email.

Feb 13, 2018

Yea I agree. Give them a couple days after the 2 week limit and then follow up

Feb 13, 2018

2 weeks is the norm...especially if that's what they said.

Feb 13, 2018
txjustin:

2 weeks is the norm...especially if that's what they said.

i mean what if they don't get back within the 2 weeks.

Feb 13, 2018

Check in with HR to reiterate your interest, and don't be afraid to ask about the timeline. 2 weeks is a ripe amount of of time to not hear anything. You could also reach out to any other contacts you have at the firm, to see if they know anything about how the process is going.

Feb 13, 2018

Also check your online application status. If may say you're dinged if you get dinged.

Feb 13, 2018

No harm in calling HR to see what their timeline is. It also gives you an opportunity to re-express your interest in the job

Feb 13, 2018

Doesn't hurt to give them a call

Feb 13, 2018

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