If your like the many thousands of job seekers doing everything you can do to land that ever so hard to reach job, you understand how frustrating it can be dealing with the HR department of a company. Most companies now have online applications and areas of the company website where a job seeker can make a profile with resume, cover letter, and all background information. So, you find a job you are interested in, and you apply. Feeling happy? Don’t get your hopes up. There happen to be hundreds more who applied for the same job, and weeding through that many applications is not only time consuming, but sometimes impossible.
In my experience, about half of my applications submitted flew into cyberspace and never came back with a response. So it is quite plausible that some were simply never looked at. While batting .500 can be looked at as promising, it is all relative to the job seeker. You’ll have plenty of time to think about your perspective job because HR department personnel train in feet dragging. I have had application “thank you, but no thank you’s” come back to me 8 months after applying. Making me furious that a response like that is even sent that long after. As you wait, and wait, and wait some more for a response either in e-mail or phone call version, some may start to ponder what are these HR representatives doing all day? Why have I not gotten a response? Why did Creed breakup?
Scott Stapp aside, most of your time will be spend wondering about your application. Very rarely is there a company that will post the status of your application, so you can follow the steps it is going through. If you are lucky, someone from the company will call you and speak with you to find out your level of interest of the position in question. This may seem like a phone interview to some, but HR usually uses consultants for these calls. These consultants are brought in from staffing agencies, and may not be employed by the company you’re applying for. It is really anyone’s bet who you are really speaking to. Like a boss at the end of a Mega Man level, if you can get past the consultants to talk with a hiring manager, things could be looking up for you.
If you end up with an in person interview with a hiring manager and you feel good about how it went, be ready to wait some more. Intervewees can typically wait up to a month to hear back from the person hiring you. This could be because a board meeting was called as they review your credentials together, or it could be that they are also interviewing others for the same position.
As frustrating as it can be, there is simply no way to defeat the HR department. Job seekers are simply at the mercy of their turtle-like speed. Keep applying, and fill the inbox. If you do not apply, you give yourself zero chance. I suggest researching the company website and try to find the hiring manager’s e-mail address and formally introducing yourself. You might also want to try LinkedIn, a social gathering site where job seekers can network. If you can get to those doing the actual hiring, you may have a better opportunity to get that job. Just watch out for Air Man.