Don’t Expect Interviewees to Wait Around

A recent study by Robert Half says that interviewees find waiting to hear back from a company is the most frustrating part. If they haven’t heard back in a week or two, they’ll move on to other companies. While we are in a talent crisis, can companies afford to lose quality talent because they didn’t follow up?

Timing is everything, the saying goes, and for firms trying to hire, it could make the difference between securing the candidate and losing out. For almost six in ten workers (57%) in a Robert Half survey, the most frustrating part of the job search is the long wait after an interview to hear if they got the job. Nearly one-quarter (23%) lose interest in the firm if they don’t hear back within 1 week after the initial interview, and another 46% lose interest if there’s no status update within 1 to 2 weeks after the interview.