This happens to everyone, you apply for a job, expect to hear back within a week with either next steps or not interested and that never comes. Recently, it has taken companies months to reach out to its applicants.
Or another situation could be the job got back to you, you went through multiple rounds of interviews, and you are waiting to hear if you got the job or not, but it’s taking forever.
It can be frustrating and make you think that you might not be good enough or you did something wrong, but really, it’s the company that is dragging its feet.
So while you’re waiting, here are the top 5 things to do when you are waiting to hear back from a job.
Has it been a month and the job told you you would hear back within two weeks? Then it is completely appropriate for you to reach out to the employers and follow-up. All you have to do is call or email them and tell them you are still very interested in the position and are just wondering if you are still in the running for it. Most employers should be nice about it and would be impressed that you reached out.
Don’t Keep Checking Your Email
Every time your phone dings you are probably thinking ‘This is it! This is the email!’ and then your face drops when it’s a spam email or Target informing you of the next sale. If you are constantly refreshing your email and checking it, you will drive yourself insane. Plus, a watched pot never moves. If you preoccupy yourself with other things, then email will come naturally, and you won’t be as stressed until you open the email.
Continue The Job Search
Don’t sit around waiting for that one position. Sure, it may be your dream job, but if they are not getting back to you, apply for other jobs. Find similar positions that fit your interest and qualifications and apply to them. That way you aren’t stressing over one job and can just naturally find the email from them, and you won’t feel as bad. They’re not waiting around for you, so don’t wait around for them. Keep your options open.
Don’t Tell Your Boss
If you are waiting on another job, do not say anything to your current boss until you are absolutely sure you have the new position. It might cause friction in the workplace if they know you are looking for other jobs and they could take it out on you. Respectfully, put in your two weeks when you know you for certain have the job and tell them if it will be less than two weeks.
After a few months, you are most likely not getting the job or hearing back for that matter. So just move on. Mourn the loss but keep your positive attitude and look for other jobs, practice for interviews, go on interviews and don’t fret over the lost opportunity. If you don’t get a rejection email and just hear nothing back from them, move on graciously.