When I work with clients or create ebooks, I typically advise, “When an interview is over, it’s done.” I do recommend a certain amount of follow-up. Perhaps you could write a note or call to say something, “I just wanted to know where you are in your process.”
These days, when so much business is conducted by email, your application can be lost. In fact, I tell my own readers and prospective clients, “If you don’t hear from me in a day or two, please try again.” But I discourage seeking feedback from potential employers. They’ll rarely be honest because (a) they’re afraid of lawsuits, (b) they don’t know themselves or (c) they can’t tell you the real reason they didn’t hire you is that somebody’s nephew gets priority.
But one laid-off senior executive seems to be using a request for feedback as a reason to get in touch with a hiring decision-maker. This mid-life career changer turned a no-response into a consulting assignment. He obviously has strong communication skills: no surprise because he has a stellar track record. Read the full story here.
This story, from the WSJ’s career section, deserves notice because it comes from a WSJ blog of laid-off executives with stellar credentials, living proof that an Ivy League degree doesn’t make anyone bullet-proof.