I have not had good luck getting a response from companies. I was wondering when people would expect a response and if there are any tricks to getting said response.
My perspective on responses:
1. After application -- no response expected (except automated junk)
2. After phone / screening interview -- would expect a response here, don't usually get one.
3. After on-site -- definitely expect a response, usually receive a response but not always.
When I don't get a response I've e-mailed HR / hiring manager (first step) and then followed up by calling and leaving voice messages, but still get nowhere. I guess I am receiving an answer, but an actual "No, we are not interested anymore." would be appreciated.I think I've gotten a response to every on-site, even though one of them was a very short, curt e-mail from the manager. One time, I actually received a very nice call from the president of the company telling me "No, we're looking for someone with more experience." after what I thought was a fairly decent interview. Ah, well.
I think the saddest response I've gotten was a short letter in the mail that was a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a "no, thank you" letter. I think it may have even been misaligned, which was adding insult to injury.
It's too much to think that we could change the way companies worked, but readers of this blog, I beg you! If you've decided on a candidate, yes, tell him or her, but don't forget to tell the candidates that didn't get the position, either.