How Long You Should Wait To Hear Back About A Job Application

How Long You Should Wait To Hear Back About A Job Application

It’s a tough job market, so you might expect to wait a long time to hear back from a company after sending your resume or having an interview. But how long until you give up hope altogether? CNN Money has a general rule of thumb.

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Annie Fisher writes that jobs generally stay open for about 45 days, according to research from StartWire (a service we’ve highlighted previously for delivering status updates on job applications). So counting 45 days from the job posting date, you might assume you didn’t get the job.

If you have another job offer but are waiting to hear from a company you’d prefer working at, the article advises you contact the first company and give it two days:

“You should contact the company where you’d prefer to get hired and let them know you have another offer,” advises Annie Stevens, a managing partner at Boston-based executive coaching firm ClearRock. “Frame this as a courtesy to them, and invite them to make a counteroffer.”

What if you do that and still hear nothing? “If you don’t receive a counteroffer within two days,” says Stevens, “then take the other job and make the best of that opportunity.”

It’s easy to feel like your application has disappeared into a black hole, but be patient and persistent in your search.

When you apply for a job and hear…nothing [CNN Money]


    • oh god, I applied for a bunch of NSW cadetships in Feb 2011. Got a letter a few days ago saying I didn’t get one of them.

      They are slow and incompetent when getting back to applicants. If they ever get to back to them at all

  • I feel it depends upon the position. eg. If you’ve applied for a sales position, then you should not wait. You should show diligent follow-up every two to seven days unless they’ve told you when they will be contacting you.
    My application rules.
    1. Make sure you’re remembered/top of mind.
    2. Be proactive (Ask the managers to a breakfast interview if it’s an important position – don’t forget to pay).
    3. Make sure you’ve got a reason to contact.
    ie. ask them if they will interview the short-list, how (or if) they will contact those who did not make the short-list.

    I have heard of some companies where one of their ‘tests’ was to see if you will follow up/follow through after the interview.

  • Not sure I like the solution offered. Call the company and lie to them to try and move things along. I’m a recruiter (at Transparency) and so am following up positions with companies every day and while I know the relationship is a little different, I think the best solution for the job seeker is to call the company and instead of asking whether you have you have got the job, ask whether they could help you and give you any advice on improvements you could have made.

  • I applied for a job for the Reserve Bank of Australia on 15th April 2011. Heard back from them on the 22nd of April wanting academic records.

    Got a reply on 28th August 2011 of my outcome. 4 moths is a long time to hear back from a job application.

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