When to forget following up on a job

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Jul 26

The first time I was laid off from work, I worked the job boards, network, and all of the good stuff to find work. And after interviews — being a good project manager — I was directly into the follow-up mode.

Sometimes I got some feedback and follow through to the next steps; most of the time I didn’t.

It wasn’t until later, in the midst of getting the next job, where I could really tell the difference between what looked like it was going to happen versus just another interview dance.

But, I’ve never seen a good listing of when the interview process is the real thing as compared to the going through the motions. You would expect that if someone took the time to interview you for a position, that person would have the courtesy to give you a yes or no to the position, even if it was through the intermediary of an HR-type person.

But that’s not the case. Most of the time, you just hear nothing. People don’t like giving bad news and they would rather leave you hanging having to guess a negative outcome versus having that decision conveyed to you.

The problem is: when is it time to let that particular position go and chalk it up to character building?

Business Week Online has some pretty good criteria in “When an employer just isn’t that into you.” Seven signs that it is time to give it up and move on to the next good looking opportunity.

My favorite? Number six: “Slow follow-up after the second interview.” Everyone is invested in the interview process by this point and then your potential employer leaves you twisting in the wind. Not a nice feeling.

For this one, you really want to walk — that behavior tells me that the management team isn’t ready to talk about tough things in the workplace and you’ll be watching Rome burning while your manager plays the fiddle.