Don't neglect to ask this key question in an interview
MIDDLETOWN, NY -- We've all been there. You're on a high after a great interview. All the vital components, including your skills, expertise and chemistry, meshed well with the job requirements. Has your hard work finally paid off, or did you neglect to ask this key question: "What is your time frame for a decision?"
Few things are more frustrating to job seekers than the extended amount of time that can transpire before hearing back from a company. Inquiring about the employer's recruiting timeline is perfectly acceptable and a prudent tactic. Why? Because if you haven't heard back by that date, you have a ready-made excuse for following up.
Why the long delay? The fact is, companies today are far more discriminating with their recruiting practices. Hiring the wrong candidate may prove devastating and costly. Most hiring decisions today involve multiple interdisciplinary heads and executive management, extending the recruiting time. What should a candidate do? If you're going stir crazy, send an email to emphasize your continued interest. Specifically, inquire when they expect to be in touch with you. If you find yourself agonizing and frantically checking your email wondering when you're going to hear something, it's in your best interest to move on and place other irons in the fire.