It’s almost a 3-day weekend. And if you’re a job applicant who just sent in your application, resume, or contact info to the hiring manager, no doubt you’re anxious to hear something BEFORE the long weekend begins.
Here’s a tip – no matter how much you want to reach out one more time to try and prompt the hiring decision maker, DO NOT DO IT!
This is a natural problem we all deal with. Regardless of the time of year, the urgency surrounding a job inquiry is always higher with the person “sending” than it is the person “receiving.” And what that too often results in is the person inquiring about the job over-contacting the hiring manager in search of some kind of response.
This is a real problem. So much so that FastCompany recently wrote about “Three Times You’re Unintentionally Annoying Your Hiring Manager.”
The article cites three examples that are probably very familiar with a lot of people:
- When you anticipate an immediate response. This is an easy one. There’s urgency on your end for this job – so why doesn’t the hiring manager reach back out?! Give them time. They have a lot on their plate.
- When you make them do all the work. Don’t make the hiring manager do too much legwork to understand your qualifications.
- When you expect them to have all the answers. Just because they are the hiring manager doesn’t mean they 100% understand every aspect of the opportunity. Whether it’s when you would qualify for 401k match or a team culture question, you have to understand that their job is to guide the hiring process. Give them some space.
I highly encourage you to read the entire article – it’s full of good, practical advice anyone who is pursuing a new job should consider!