When do you know you have been rejected?

I have recently interviewed at a large corporation for an ID job. It has been 3 weeks since my interview. The interview went well. How do large corporations let the field of candidates know about the status of the job opening? Do they send you an email? Do they leave you hanging with no reply?

i would get in touch with whoever you had the interview with… telling them your still very interested in the position, etc… did you ask for a business card?

Sometimes they send you a letter saying thank you for coming but…
You should call back.

a lot of times they just let it slide, but don’t get disheartened, a lot of corps are extremely slow. They might be calling in more interviewees, their budget might be on hold, a new leadership team might have been appointed, you just never know. I would check in as casually as possible…

Was this a certain furniture company in Oregon? Their HR department doesn’t seem to be on top of things…

I think it’s similar to dating. In your eyes, the date/interview may have gone well, but that’s not certainly how they may be looking at it.

If you don’t hear back, then you have your answer. If they really want you, then they’ll make it known.

Sorry, it sucks.

i have always been surprised at the lack of communication post-interview. it leaves you hanging and really feels unprofessional. really, a 30 second phone call is common courtesy and can maintain a good opinion from those rejected.

I was just gonna make that analogy as well. I would call the original person you interviewed, and politely ask how they are coming along in the interview process. It can’t hurt.

Indeed I was rejected, I got a call from the design director, it was very civil. thanks for your comments.

this reminds me of the similar experience that I had gone through about two years ago… the manager who interviewed me never gave me " NO" but he was also very evasive… replying to my post-interview email that he will let me know when he has THE SELECTIONS for the FIRST CUT. ( I mean, if I didn’t even make the first cut, why did he even bother to interview me, in the first place ???)

The whole thing felt quite quizzcal. So I never bothered to contact him again.

Now, a year later, I happened to knock on the door again just out of curiosity… to the same manager. ( he remembered me !)
Guess what? I got to talk to him again and he introduced me to another manager and you know I got the job.

So, don’t get discouraged and NEVER burn the bridges… you never know.

I’ve always followed up with any sort of interview (on the spot at career fairs, phone, person, etc.) just so I know that they know I’m still interested.

I rather hear that they don’t want me than not knowing at all.

In the future I’d always follow up with a card thanking them for taking the time to interview or at least via email.

I hear your frustration.

Unfortunately, at a lot of medium-large companies (but not all), there often seems to be a lack of compassion from the HR/hiring side of things sometimes die to the large volumes of applications involved.

Still, personally Im on the side of the interviewee, having the same experience in the past as well.

From my perspective, even a form email after an interview would be appreciated as opposed to being left hanging. Sure it couldnt be that difficult.

In my own experience as an interviewer, I have also tried to keep this in mind, emailing back everyone I interview.

Emails I often get to my personal email address from people submitting portfolios (with no position posted) or questions from my blog I also try to return every one with a real response.

As mentioned above, you never know when things will turn around and you will be on the other side of the table/email hopeing to get a reply. Good karma, indeed, especially in such a small industry!

here’s just hoping more companies will start to view HR as a two way process with a better balance between the potential employee and employer.