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Asked by Laura on April 21, 2016

I had a final interview a week ago and I still haven't heard anything. When is a good time to contact the company?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on April 21, 2016

Congrats on making it to the final round! Do not worry that you have not heard anything, depending on the companies structure it could take some time to receive a final decision. I suggest that you send a thoughtfully worded email to the recruiter that contacted you about the position. In the body of the email reiterate your interest in the position and ask for the progress and timeline for the companies hiring process. Be mindful of the emails you send as you do not want it to have a negative impact on the hiring decision.
If you do not receive a response from the recruiter for several days, I would take the next step and email the hiring manager and thank them for their time, reiterate your interest for the position/company and inquire about the status of the hiring decision. Keep your options open and continue looking for opportunities as you wait to hear back from company.

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Answered by Heather, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on April 21, 2016

Congratulations!  It is a great accomplishment to make it to the final interview stage. There are typically tons of applicants & you got what it takes to stand out from the masses!
In my opinion a good time to reach out in regards to your final interview is anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. Completing final interviews with multiple candidates can take time when you factor in everyone’s schedules.  

 

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Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on April 22, 2016

While most recruiters and hiring managers start a process with intentions of making a decision quickly, it is often the case that other circumstances and priorities cause this process to be slowed.  It is in no way a reflection on you if you do not hear back immediately.  It may be a scheduling sitution in which the decision makers cannot be pulled together to discuss a decision becuase of other priorities.  In any case, I would recommend that if you have not heard back from the company once two weeks have passed since your last interview, follow up with an e-mail.  If 1-2 more weeks pass and you still have not heard anything, I would follow up with a phone call.  In both of these communications, it is important for you to stress that you know how busy they are and that you are very excited about the opportunity.

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on April 27, 2016

Unfortunately not every company or recruiter works on the same timeline. The position may be one that needs to be filled very quickly or they could be starting a search for an anticipated vacancy in the coming months. Did you ask at the end of your interview, or were you told, what the timeline would be? If they said they would be in touch within a few days to discuss possible next steps, but you haven’t heard in a few days, it’s quite alright to reach out and check in. Use that rule for each situation. If they told you they would be in touch in a day, a week, a month, etc. If they have given you that information and you haven’t heard, feel free to reach out and check in, but don’t nag. A short and polite message to check on next steps is fine, but don’t make it sound like you’re impatient. A great way to phrase this first check in would be to ask if you can provide them any additional information about yourself to help them make their decision. In your case, after you have completed your final interview, it’s perfectly fine to reach out after a weeks time, but also just to check in on the process. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes trying to get candidates interviewed, gather internal stakeholder feedback, determine fit, etc. Patience will pay off in the end!

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