Employers nowadays tend to improve their workers’ work-life balance and overall working conditions. That is why requests for flexible work schedule are becoming more popular. The number of companies with flexible work arrangements is growing, according to The Personnel Today. But what should you do if there is no flexibility in the workplace at your company? Don’t be afraid. We will tell you how to ask for flexible working hours without any risk to lose your job.
Searching for jobs is nerve-wracking process but in your case the interview stage is finally over, and you showed you best: demonstrated deep knowledge about the company, revealed a genuine interest in the business and highlighted your professional skills. "We'll call you back!" – smiles back cheerfully Mr. Recruiter and disappears just like the Cheshire Cat, leaving you both confused and suspicious. And all you’ve left to do is wait…
You’re sick of waiting for the phone call and constant clicking on the “Update” of your email box. A week later, you finally ask yourself: what if they won’t call you back? Let’s satisfy your curiosity and find out the answer.
Why are they silent?
You can trust us: a recruiter is not always silent because the candidate does not meet the vacancy requirements. There are several reasons for this behavior.
Firstly, the time allotted for the feedback has run out and the decision have not be made yet. The process of choosing between several candidates is not easy, especially since several parties are involved - the human resources manager, the direct supervisor, and sometimes even CEO and/or his deputy.
Secondly, some recruiters expect you to callback or send a follow up email after interview when you haven't heard back from him, thereby confirming your interest. Especially it concerns such openings as a sales manager, PR specialist, etc. All types of positions where perseverance in achieving the goal is required.
Finally, the HR manager, like any of us, can simply forget to call. That’s right, recruiters are ordinary people, nothing human is alien to them...
So how long should you wait?
If you are waiting to hear back from job interview that means the HR manager didn’t tell you this killer phrase: "Sorry, but we can’t hire you." This is a good sign. But to make these expectations psychologically more "comfortable", it is better to ask a hiring manager at the end of the interview when it is possible to obtain the result and in what form. Don’t be shy! You have all the rights to know the answer. Moreover, ask the representative of the company - who will be the first to call? If he - then how long should you wait for the call?
Most likely the employer said that he will call you about the results in two weeks - wait patiently, it makes no sense to follow up after interview before the expiration of the agreed period. You can only worsen the situation. This fact will make you look impatient and even pushy, which are not the best qualities for any employee. However, as soon as the time has expired and you haven’t received a feedback, it is best to contact hiring manager and ask about the interview results. It is also possible that you are still being tested in this way.
To call or not to call?
The answer is simple: call! The vast majority of recruiters believe that in the absence of feedback, the applicant should call the company himself; other hiring managers are sure that the candidate should write a check in email after interview. The activity of an applicant is a clear sign of interest in the position, but be careful – the second follow up email after interview is too much.
On the other hand, some applicants think that the absence of a recruiter's response means a refusal and your proactivity is useless. "If the employer is interested, he will call"; "Do not stop searching for career opportunities, it's better to continue actively attending the interviews," they say. But we are determined: in a case like this, it's better to call than not to call. Why? In such way, you will demonstrate your proactive life position and show that you don’t go with the flow, you are result-oriented and know how to achieve your goal. Your call can affect the situation! Just be polite – don’t forget the recruiter can be busy with other important things.
Meet the deadline
Interview process taking too long? Nevertheless, there are deadlines during which the representative of the company informs job applicants about the results of the interview. They depend on your work experience and the position you’re applying. For example:
- if you try to find a job as a young professional, then most likely you will receive feedback in one week after interview
- applications of qualified specialists with experience exceeding 3 years usually considered for 7-14 days
- highly qualified specialists with at least 7 years of experience, including candidates for top management positions can wait for about a month and this is perfectly normal
Knowing those deadlines is extremely important, as you will know what to do when you get a job offer while waiting for another. It was discovered that many job seekers begin to lose their interest in vacancies if they do not receive a call after a two-week period and some of them make decisions, which are not the best for their future career. Therefore, you should not close the door on the offer until you haven’t received a direct refusal. If you get a negative answer, consider this as a valuable experience and continue searching. Did you know that according to Glassdoor survey 88 percent of hiring managers agree that an informed candidate is a quality candidate? After the meeting, analyze the interview in details. Highlight the mistakes; recall all employer’s comments and suggestions.
At a new meeting, you will act differently - more confident, savvy, understanding how to behave with a hiring manager. And this time you will definitely know when to call about the results of the interview and whether it is worth doing it at all.
Sometimes, it is not enough to be an outstanding professional to build a successful career. Networking is important. And in order to socialize successfully in a business environment, one should know the rules of business etiquette. Therefore, if you want to earn respect at work and demonstrate perfect professionalism in the workplace, follow this list of good manners.
Volunteering has seen quite a jump in popularity in recent years. It seems like the people of today are becoming more and more aware of their own local problems and far-reaching worldwide problems and uses volunteering not only to explain their employment gaps. Volunteering is the commitment of one’s time and energy, for the better good of society and the community, the environment. You could say that you are giving back the community for all it has done for you. However, there are many benefits of volunteering that can be very valuable to you.
Ah, the age-old routine: you’ve found yourself unemployed, in need of a job, and wanting to not starve to death. Great! What do you do? How do you look for the next job? You might go to an online job board service, such as LinkedIn or Monster, and skim through all the hundreds of jobs. You might get out your newspaper and examine the job listings section. You might even attend a job fair.
But what if I told you there was another way to find yourself a job? No, this is not one of those freelance markets like UpWork, Freelancer, and Fiverr. I present to you the giant of a site, Facebook.
What is success? It’s been defined many times so far. Scientists used to attribute it to wealth, great career, happy family and self-realization. If only it has been that easy! In fact, it means different things to everyone. The real answer is inside of you—not in Google or encyclopedia. What is success to you? Let’s give you some time to think it over and focus on myths of it instead.
“Hello! My name is Mr. Turkey and I would like to express my interest in White House Thanksgiving Turkey position.”
If a Thanksgiving turkey had ever written a cover letter, it would probably start like this. Probably, each turkey dreams to go to the White House for a Thanksgiving Day, as this is the only way for them to escape their cruel fate and dive into the luxurious life. And we are going to tell you why!
There’s nothing “better” in the world than a bad job, isn’t there? Ah, the pay is absolutely abysmal, the work hours move at the pace of a dead snail, the horrible boss is overburdening you with mundane tasks, the management is eyeing you like a vulture stalks its prey, and, last but not least, Tom from accounting wants you fired just because you ate the last doughnut this Thursday. What in the world is wrong with you, Tom? Just get a life!
Most of us dream to build an outstanding career and make the Forbes List. However, each year only 400 Americans really do that. The question we ask – what makes them so successful? What special skills do they have that help them to build a prominent career? Researching the qualities of those who already achieved career success, you might not become the second Henry Ford, but at least you will be able to develop a strong set of skills for resume that boost your career to the next level. So now, let’s make a plan of skills to develop in order to become rich and famous!
Have you ever felt being the best fit for a job opening, but your resume didn’t even win the interview? When it comes to self-advertising and self-assessment we often feel lost and confused. We don’t want to look conceited in recruiters’ eyes, however, we want to be assessed fairly and know that our skills and efforts made to get them were appreciated. That is why when searching for a job you should focus on how to make your resume stand out and precisely demonstrate your skills and abilities. First of all, let’s check if you had prepared your resume skills list and made strong and professional skills section of resume.
Have you ever had an amazing interview at an amazing company? From the moment you entered the building, it was unbelievable, the interior looked cute, the employees were enthusiastically buried in work and the coffee points were filled with friendly chatter. To sweeten the deal, the interview was going absolutely great.