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Ask at the end of interview when you will hear back?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:46 pm

Is it customary to ask at the end of the interview as to when you will hear back/when they will make a decision. Or just keep quiet?

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Re: Ask at the end of interview when you will hear back?

Postby Danger Zone » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:51 pm

I used to, but they always give a bullshit answer anyway, probably because they genuinely don't know. I think it's unnecessary and can be a little awkward.

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Re: Ask at the end of interview when you will hear back?

Postby guano » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:59 pm

It's balsy, and it might impress, but it could just as easily backfire, and why take that risk?

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Re: Ask at the end of interview when you will hear back?

Postby YankeesFan » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:01 pm

I ask on all my interviews "What is your expected timeframe for making decisions?". I have never had any negative feedback and most can give me a ballpark estimate. Really helped keep me sane to have a general idea of when I would hear back.

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Re: Ask at the end of interview when you will hear back?

Postby guano » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:03 pm

YankeesFan wrote:I ask on all my interviews "What is your expected timeframe for making decisions?". I have never had any negative feedback and most can give me a ballpark estimate. Really helped keep me sane to have a general idea of when I would hear back.

This is credited. Keep in mind that it's not unusual to run late, so if you don't hear back within that time frame, it doesn't mean anything (but might give you an opportunity for further contact)

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Re: Ask at the end of interview when you will hear back?

Postby rad lulz » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:06 pm

guano wrote:
YankeesFan wrote:I ask on all my interviews "What is your expected timeframe for making decisions?". I have never had any negative feedback and most can give me a ballpark estimate. Really helped keep me sane to have a general idea of when I would hear back.

This is credited. Keep in mind that it's not unusual to run late, so if you don't hear back within that time frame, it doesn't mean anything (but might give you an opportunity for further contact)

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Re: Ask at the end of interview when you will hear back?

Postby kryptix » Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:35 pm

rad lulz wrote:
guano wrote:
YankeesFan wrote:I ask on all my interviews "What is your expected timeframe for making decisions?". I have never had any negative feedback and most can give me a ballpark estimate. Really helped keep me sane to have a general idea of when I would hear back.

This is credited. Keep in mind that it's not unusual to run late, so if you don't hear back within that time frame, it doesn't mean anything (but might give you an opportunity for further contact)

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You can always ask when is the hiring committee next expected to meet, if that firm uses one... Gives you a pretty good idea of when it will happen.

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Re: Ask at the end of interview when you will hear back?

Postby idelosix » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:07 pm

rad lulz wrote:
guano wrote:
YankeesFan wrote:I ask on all my interviews "What is your expected timeframe for making decisions?". I have never had any negative feedback and most can give me a ballpark estimate. Really helped keep me sane to have a general idea of when I would hear back.

This is credited. Keep in mind that it's not unusual to run late, so if you don't hear back within that time frame, it doesn't mean anything (but might give you an opportunity for further contact)

This


I did either this or sent an email along the lines of "Thank you for your time blah blah blah. It slipped my mind while I was in the office and was curious about your expected/usual timeframe for decisions blah blah". The latter meant I usually got a response and satisfied my neurosis about sending a) short emails and b) not getting responses to emails.




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