Response time after interview - how long is too long?

(5 Posts)
DiamondsAndRust Fri 01-Nov-13 14:40:46

Advice needed please, as I haven't been through the job application process for a while and am more than a bit clueless! I applied for a job a while back - it's in a different field from what I've been doing recently, but my skills/qualifications are highly relevant. Didn't hear anything for ages (six weeks or so!) and had pretty much given up, but then I was called for interview. I felt the interview went well, and they gave me some follow-up tasks to do afterwards - they were going to make decisions about 2nd round interviews based on these.

Did the tasks, sent them in as requested - but have heard nothing since. This was more than a fortnight ago now, and I'm wondering where I stand. It's a highly competitive field - think they interviewed about a dozen of us in the first instance - so I'm fairly convinced I haven't been successful, but I'm surprised not to have heard either way. I'm aware that in the current climate unsuccessful candidates are unlikely to be notified after the initial CV stage, but having turned up for interview and effectively done several days' unpaid work for them, I would have expected some kind of response.

Is this the 'new normal' for job interviews? Is it worth emailing them, or should I give up and move on? I don't want to make a pain of myself in case I want to reapply for another position later on!

Twirlbitesruinedmylife Fri 01-Nov-13 18:43:52

Sorry you're having a rough experience. I don't think I've ever had an interview and not heard anything further so I hope you do get a response. I had an interview for one role and didn't get the offer for four months but that was because it needed to be approved by someone higher up who kept putting it off.
Hope you hear soon.

Nevercan Fri 01-Nov-13 19:28:15

I would email and ask if any decision has been made. No harm on that and you look interested in finding out

Justtrying Wed 06-Nov-13 16:01:28

I'd send a polite email asking when you can expect to hear the outcome.

I'm also part way through a long drawn out recruitment process and have the final stage tomorrow, application was 3 months ago, interview and online tests a month ago and heard after 2 weeks that I'd been successful and was awaiting a date for practical assessment, which I was emailed at lunchtime asking could I attend a cancellation tomorrow afternoon.

Good luck

ethelb Wed 06-Nov-13 16:04:09

DP has been through a number of interviews recently and nearly all the ones he didn't get he had to beg for information on the outcome for. He left it at least two weeks though.

Its a horrible development in the way employers behave imo.

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