Jan 07, 2020 - 01:02 PM
Sometimes, a recruiter may contact you within a few hours. Other times, a recruiter may contact you after a few weeks, or even months. You may have forgotten that you even applied to a job by the time you hear from a recruiter.
The average is probably more around two to three weeks after you apply. The recruiter will reach out to you, usually by email, and will ask to setup a time to chat. This initial call is called a phone screen. On this call, the recruiter will determine whether or not you should have a phone interview with the hiring manager.
When the recruiter does the phone screen with you, they will often give you an idea of when you'll hear back about the next steps in the interview process. It's important to keep in mind that recruiters will give you their best guess. But, very often, things will come up that delay the interview process. Don't assume when you don't hear back in one week from the phone screen that it means you have been eliminated.
Just remember, every hiring process is different. There's no one standard that is followed between different companies. Be as patient as possible and hope for the best while waiting. And don’t stop applying for other jobs as you await a call from a recruiter about a job you’ve applied for.
Oct 16, 2018 - 05:27 PM
Always follow up your interview with a thank you note this will not only show your good manners but also demonstrate that you are interested in the position. If you don't hear anything within the expected time frame, which is common, it’s okay to check in. In fact, some hiring managers expect you to follow up to prove your interest in the job. Your email should be polite, respectful, and brief. For instance, you might say, “I just wanted to follow up and see where you were in the decision-making process.”