Dear Ronnie Ann: I am waiting patiently after a phone interview with an internal recruiter that went well. At the end of the interview, I was told that I would get a call from the hiring manager if I get a second interview. That was a week ago.
I’m starting to worry. Should I take some action or just wait? And if I it’s okay to call, would be alright to call the hiring manager directly? Or should I only follow up with the recruiter?
How to handle time after a phone interview
First, congratulations on a good phone interview. Hope it turns into a good job!
I’ve given your question some thought. Part of me said “Why not go ahead and call him or her?” But then I remembered some places I’ve worked where that would have left a bad impression, despite the initiative it shows.
A week isn’t that long. Sometimes the phase after a phone interview takes a few weeks all on its own. And then they have to decide whom to call back — requiring even more time getting everyone to clear their schedules to do that. So the fact that you haven’t heard back yet is no indication of anything.
I think I’d wait until next week, and, if you haven’t heard anything by then, call the internal recruiter. It’s better office politics. Now if you can’t reach / don’t hear back from the recruiter, then you could very politely and “naively” contact the hiring manager.
You could say you haven’t heard back yet from the phone interview and aren’t sure if you were supposed to contact them. But if so, want to let her/him know how interested you are in the company. And to please let you know if there’s anything more you need to do right now. Might help and probably couldn’t hurt.
Good luck. Please let us know what happens, ok?
~ Ronnie Ann
In case you’re curious, you can read Lowell’s original comment and find out what happened. Hint: He wrote back and it’s good news! 😉
About the author…
Ronnie Ann, founder of Work To the Wise and Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development, as well as her many adventures as a serial job seeker.
[Post updated in 2020]
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