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to phone the company re: job application & no reply yet????

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Heinz55 Fri 12-Apr-13 13:27:40

Sent in my application (having put loads o time and effort into it and feeling hmm confident that I'd a good shot of an interview at least) 17 days ago. The deadline was 8 days ago. I haven't heard anything at all - apart from an automated response to say my application had arrived - since. I am so upset (at not hearing/probably not having even got an interview/not having gotten the job) and keep checking the post and my email. If I ring then I'd put myself out of my misery but maybe I'd come across as too pushy??? This is the fourth application in the past few months and I have heard not a dicky bird from any of them shock but I really, really, really wanted this one and am very disheartened at this stage. We are in dire straits financially and this seemed the answer to my prayers though I have to keep reminding myself of my weakness of Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian

MooncupGoddess Fri 12-Apr-13 13:31:34

It can take up to a couple of weeks for them to contact all the shortlisted candidates... I wouldn't give up hope quite yet.

But unfortunately it does seem to be normal now for companies not to reply to candidates they reject at application form stage.

Bogeyface Fri 12-Apr-13 13:34:38

Having applied for up to 10 jobs a day and received replies about once a month, I would say that you would be wasting your time asking. When some jobs are getting up to 250 applicants (not uncommon in my area) not getting a reply is pretty standard.

Keep trying, and frankly you are going to have to up your game to more than an average of 1 application a month.

Maggie111 Fri 12-Apr-13 13:43:47

Certainly don't give up hope but there is no harm in phoning up to see where they are at - it wouldn't be fussy at all.

In fact it might help push you to the top of the pile if you have a nice telephone manner and come across like a diligent competent person. You never know what numpty is on the other end of an application sometimes! grin

Good luck!!

kim147 Fri 12-Apr-13 13:44:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

livinginwonderland Fri 12-Apr-13 13:46:43

i rarely ever hear back if i haven't been accepted or shortlisted. it's standard nowadays for companies to only get back to those who have been successful. it sucks, i know. i'm trying to find a new job at the moment and it's really disheartening sad

Naysa Fri 12-Apr-13 13:52:22

It's shit. I'm looking for a job atm. Some jobs send you an automated email saying they've received your application but due to the amount of applicants it would be hard for them to contact everyone. So if you havent heard from them by 01/02/02 then you don't have it.

It is frustrating though

Blissx Fri 12-Apr-13 13:53:56

It's a numbers game I'm afraid. If things are at bad, you need to be sending out shed loads of applications-you will be upping your odds. 100s of people could have applied for your potential job-it would be unreasonable to expect someone to ring every applicant.

Up your job applications and one will bite-good luck!

Groovee Fri 12-Apr-13 13:58:56

The council I work for only contact you if you are successful in receiving an interview. They are normally quick to offer you an interview in a day or 2 after the closing date.

Heinz55 Fri 12-Apr-13 14:03:43

Doesn't sound so good then! Re: the lack of applications - I live in a rural area, nearest big centre is 1.5 hours drive away, so some of the application were there but I don't really want to have to drive for 3 hours a day and unfortunately jobs are few and far between where I live - especially decent ones -sad - will have to look at moving!

firesidechat Fri 12-Apr-13 14:08:34

If it's a no I wouldn't necessarily expect a response to an application because this is what seems to happen these days.

However I went for an interview with a big corporation and didn't even get a yay or nay. Thought that was very rude, especially as it cost me time, travelling costs and car parking fees. I was going to refuse the job, but thats not the point.

TheCunnyFunt Fri 12-Apr-13 14:12:07

I know this doesn't help with this one, but for future reference this may come in handy. My sister is doing accounting at university and she attended a talk by someone who runs his own company (something to do with getting people jobs) and apparently, with an emailed job application you should ring up after 1 hour to chase it up. It boosts your chances because it shows them that you're keen.

Bogeyface Sat 13-Apr-13 01:02:17

How does that work Cunny? Do you just say that you sent your application in and are just checking that they received it?

Good tip though, it cant hurt can it?!

TheCunnyFunt Sat 13-Apr-13 08:58:31

Yep that's exactly it Bogey, just check they recieved it!

kim147 Sat 13-Apr-13 09:46:35

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kim147 Sat 13-Apr-13 09:47:20

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EasilyBored Sat 13-Apr-13 09:53:11

My work is recruiting at the minute, and the vast amounts of people calling to check their emails have Bern received is driving me potty. I check, let them know if I've got it, and then instantly forget their name, so on not sure it helps your chances tbh.

We get hundreds of applications, and just don't have the man power to let all the unsuccessful people know. Sorry.

x2boys Sat 13-Apr-13 10:14:11

i,m a nurse we had about 5/6 positions for healthcare assistants and 186 applicants sadly they could only reply to those shortlisted

Heinz55 Sat 13-Apr-13 12:43:50

I emailed it - got an automated response saying it had been received and then posted it with a note saying it was a copy of application emailed on such and such a date - a sort of belt and braces approach!
Anyway I didn't ring...thought I'd give them til Tuesday....until then I can always hope that they just haven't got around to arranging interviews yet (and other such fantastical excuses!)

Casperthefriendlyspook Sat 13-Apr-13 13:28:10

Remember it's been the Easter holidays.... I'm currently recruiting and the other person on the interview panel with me was off last week, and I was off the week before, so we won't actually be in the same place at the same time until Mon! However, we did plan our closing date, etc around this!

Pandemoniaa Sat 13-Apr-13 13:32:03

and apparently, with an emailed job application you should ring up after 1 hour to chase it up. It boosts your chances because it shows them that you're keen.

In my days recruiting for staff I'd have been driven demented if people rang me up an hour later. I'm afraid I wouldn't have put them down as keen enough to warrant an interview. Quite the opposite, I'm afraid.

UniqueAndAmazing Sat 13-Apr-13 13:35:48

I think you should ring and ask if they have lined up the interviews yet.

Actually, I hate ringing people, but when I applied for my job at Ottakar's, I hadn't heard anything and was getting rather desperate for the job, so I rang them and asked if they had invited people for interviews yet. It turned out they had, and had sent mine, but it had got lost somewhere. They had been waiting for my reply.

So if I hadn't rung, they would have thought that I didn't want the the job.

You can't lose anything by ringing and asking.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sat 13-Apr-13 14:46:22

its worth a call, it could make them consider you for interview if they had randomly picked a number due to volume, but I applied for a job that I knew I was well qualified for and did not hear. The day before the interviews I rang to ask for feedback as to why i had not been short listed and they claimed not to have had my application. As it happens they knew of me and my experience and the guy i spoke to said 'we would have inerveiwed if we had your application as we know what you have been doing' (similar work) HR had to admit they had cocked up, I faxed in my application and got short listed then interviewed two days later with hardly any notice and still got the job. No harm done enquiring IMO

Heinz55 Tue 16-Apr-13 16:43:25

So, I rang (12 days after deadline) and they haven't shortlisted yet! I'm not sure I didn't come across as a blithering idiot on my call but I'll go with the old que sera sera for now. Thanks for your replies.

Oblomov Tue 16-Apr-13 16:57:49

All those that are telling the Op to apply for 100's?
I appreciate that does work for some people. But not all.
Over the years, I have applied for very few jobs. Those that I did apply for, I REALLY wanted. I mostly get an interview and I often get offered the job.
I don't waste my time applying for 100's that I don't want.

Hope you find something soon, OP.

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