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Old 05-12-2013, 02:22 AM
 
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At the end of job interviews, the staff person hiring sometimes says: "Call me next week to check-up on the position" (the hiring status). Why?

It's not like they will hire the first person to call on Monday morning. The company should call & hire the candidate they want. If I don't hear from them after a week, I assume they've selected someone else. I don't need the person rejecting me over the phone. (Just send me a form-letter rejection e-mail).

I've already jumped through hoops for them by filling out their long online application, tailoring my resume toward the position, writing a detailed cover letter, preparing for the interview, and took time out of my day to interview at their convenience. Also, I've followed-up with a thank-you note and re-expressed my interest in the position. It's like they want me to make the hiring call/rejection notice for them!

Do employers really think that someone who doesn't call back must not be interested in the position? (Even after doing all of the above)!
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:33 AM
 
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The hiring managers can be that way, so I have heard. I did not experience what you are describing but have heard about it. I basically see it this way, if you really want the job that bad, you have to jump through their "hoops" they set up for you.

I personally would rather know something, even a rejection by phone than to get no feedback at all. Most of the time after an interview, I would hear nothing. And sometimes the hiring takes longer than a week, you never know what is going on the other side.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:10 AM
 
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The hiring managers can be that way, so I have heard. I did not experience what you are describing but have heard about it. I basically see it this way, if you really want the job that bad, you have to jump through their "hoops" they set up for you.
Managers who play these kinds of hiring games with applicants aren't worth it - it's a warning signal of issues IMO. Yes, the hiring manager can ask candidates to do whatever legal things their company allows. Then let them hire the candidate who lacks self-respect to be subjected to those games.

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I personally would rather know something, even a rejection by phone than to get no feedback at all. Most of the time after an interview, I would hear nothing.And sometimes the hiring takes longer than a week, you never know what is going on the other side.
True, hiring can get delayed. In that case, hiring managers should want to reach out to the best candidates to keep them updated.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:11 AM
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If I have a name, phone number, and positive reinforcement to call them.......then I'm gonna call them until they tell me to stop.

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Old 05-12-2013, 11:40 AM
 
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Though it is frustrating and some may see it as demeaning, there could be various good reasons for this as an employer.

1) You interviewed a lot of people, and offered the job to someone. That someone may or may not accept the job, so you want the other applicants to keep in touch. Or maybe they offered it to person A and are selling the position to the lowest bidder.
2) You are still working the ins and outs of the position. This is quite common, actually. Downsized companies need a concrete job list before they start someone, but they know they need someone right away. So while they fix the legalities, they put others on hold.
3) The person currently holding the position isnt gone yet (ie, gave 2wks notice).

While I absolutely agree it is up to HR to keep in contact with the applicants, eh, some people may be lazy or want people to prove themselves (which is where the demeaning comes from). It doesn't hurt to keep calling, as annoying as it may sound. They may have a legitimate reason, or just a BS hiring person with no excuse. I would personally call as much as three times (so 3 weeks), and during that last call ask what could be the hold up, because you are looking at other opportunities but would really like to join their team. After that, I probably wouldnt call. Anyone that needs 4 weeks after an interview to decide (without a really good reason) is just bad news.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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At the end of job interviews, the staff person hiring sometimes says: "Call me next week to check-up on the position" (the hiring status). Why?

It's not like they will hire the first person to call on Monday morning. The company should call & hire the candidate they want. If I don't hear from them after a week, I assume they've selected someone else. I don't need the person rejecting me over the phone. (Just send me a form-letter rejection e-mail).

I've already jumped through hoops for them by filling out their long online application, tailoring my resume toward the position, writing a detailed cover letter, preparing for the interview, and took time out of my day to interview at their convenience. Also, I've followed-up with a thank-you note and re-expressed my interest in the position. It's like they want me to make the hiring call/rejection notice for them!

Do employers really think that someone who doesn't call back must not be interested in the position?
(Even after doing all of the above)!
Yes. And by not calling back as instructed, they KNOW that you are no longer interested. If making a phone call is such a darn big deal, well, why in the world would they want you when they may have to ask you to actually work once you are hired?
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:44 PM
 
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i have never had a hiring manager do this, but it does seem weird and stupid to me. i'd probably do it if asked, but i would give me pause about the employer (it is the very definition of playing games) and might affect my decision to accept or reject an offer.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:06 PM
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At the end of job interviews, the staff person hiring sometimes says: "Call me next week to check-up on the position" (the hiring status). Why?

It's not like they will hire the first person to call on Monday morning. The company should call & hire the candidate they want. If I don't hear from them after a week, I assume they've selected someone else. I don't need the person rejecting me over the phone. (Just send me a form-letter rejection e-mail).

I've already jumped through hoops for them by filling out their long online application, tailoring my resume toward the position, writing a detailed cover letter, preparing for the interview, and took time out of my day to interview at their convenience. Also, I've followed-up with a thank-you note and re-expressed my interest in the position. It's like they want me to make the hiring call/rejection notice for them!

Do employers really think that someone who doesn't call back must not be interested in the position? (Even after doing all of the above)!

Nothing wrong with emailing after a week.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:33 PM
 
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They want a call back because the person who is supposed to handle the recruiting is incompetent. Someone along the chain is worthless, and they want a backup system so that they will still be able to hire someone if the employee assigned to do it....fails at their job.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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After a week has passed by since interviews, the hiring specialist and the company are ready to hire a candidate. Candidates who called back reiterating interest in the position and the company become noticeable. If you really want the job, be visible and not a pest.
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