1. When You Anticipate an Immediate Response
After that cringe-worthy tale of woe, you probably figured that this one had to be first on the list. I know I wasn’t the first person to jump the gun on following up—and I certainly won’t be the last.
In an effort to save you from my very same fate, here’s something to remember: You are not the hiring manager’s first priority—meaning you might have to wait a while before you hear anything back about that position you’re so excited about.
But, wait, isn’t it his job to fill this open role? Yes, absolutely. However, if you think that’s the only thing he has on his to-do list, you’re sorely mistaken. Chances are that he’s doing this on top of his usual work—and unless he works in HR, this isn’t exactly his wheelhouse.
That means he’s not in front of his computer just anxiously waiting for your application to land in his inbox (sorry!). So, resist the urge to repeat my mistake and follow up when you don’t hear back right away.
2. When You Make Them Do All of the Work
That application seems like a total pain, so you decide to put an oh-so-helpful, “See resume!” in each open field. Or, instead of spending the time refining your application at all, you decide it’s best if you just refer that hiring manager to your website—you did an awesome job with that, after all.
Yes, that approach might save you plenty of time and effort. Believe me, I know as well as anybody just how annoying it is to have to enter the address of your high school (excuse me, what?) into those pesky online systems. But, that doesn’t mean you can just skip steps altogether.
The hiring manager’s job is tough enough without you forcing her to put in the legwork to understand your qualifications. Guess what—that’s legwork she likely won’t do at all, meaning your application will find its way straight to the trash bin.
3. When You Expect Them to Have All of the Answers
What are the ins and outs of the health insurance coverage? When can I start contributing to my 401K? Are there any gluten-free snacks in the kitchen?
It’s tempting to think of the hiring manager as this all-knowing deity who exists to answer any and all of your remotely job-related questions.
But, here’s the truth: His job is to guide you through the hiring process and answer your specific questions about the role—like what sorts of things you’ll be responsible for each week. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that he has the perfect response to absolutely every logistical question you have swimming in your brain.
Of course, you can ask questions you have about the position, the company in general, or what you can expect moving forward.
But, if you start getting frustrated this his answers to a lot of your inquiries is, “Let me look into that for you,” keep in mind that he’s not clueless, he’s just not in HR.
You take your job search seriously. And, it’s easy to expect that same level of consideration and sense of urgency from the hiring manager. But, like it or not, that’s rarely ever the case.
So, take a deep breath, shake that feeling that you’re the greatest gift to ever apply to an open position, and instead focus on being polite, professional, and detail-oriented. In the end, that’ll get you much, much further!
Source: The Muse