Please enjoy this post by one of YouTern’s valued interns, Jacqueline Devot.
In this economy, candidates are in an employer’s market. When it comes to interviews and post-interview behavior, you may encounter employers who are sometimes less appreciative of your time than perhaps they should be – or that you anticipate them to be. And unfortunately… some can be thoughtless, even rude.
During interviews over the past few months, I have personally encountered some unprofessional demeanor by recruiters. Not the tolerable kind that just makes you shrug your shoulders. I mean to the point I left the interview thinking, “WTF?!”
Case in point: I recently I drove an hour-and-a-half for an interview I was really excited about. Within the first two minutes, they told me I didn’t have enough experience – but perhaps they will consider me for an internship “down the line”.
Down the line?
I wanted to scream: “You couldn’t have told me this over the phone before I invested a significant amount of time and money – and burned a weekend to prepare – for what I was told was a job interview.” That remained an inside thought, though.
Then there are the times you’re asked a lot of questions and had the chance to thoroughly demonstrate your qualifications. You leave thinking you nailed it. And then you hear nothing. Even after a generic “we’ll be in touch” or a more specific “we’ll call you when we’ve made our decision.” No email, no call. Nothing.
“Don’t call us… we’ll call you.”
When all this happens – when recruiters fail to communicate or meet commitments – it is more than tempting to call them out; to make them accountable.
I urge you… DON’T! …for two reasons. First, you shouldn’t burn any bridges, thereby closing the door to the opportunity for future employment at that company. Second, jobs are limited already; you don’t want to further limit your prospects by developing a reputation for yourself as discourteous, or unpleasant. Remember, every interaction you have with people … good or bad… helps to build your brand.
You must take the “high road”. You must remain professional and polite. Even when it seems the recruiters don’t seem to share that same philosophy.
Job seeking is hard. It can be frustrating and demoralizing at times. But stay positive, and remember always to focus on building your brand. There are good recruiters out there, and they will recognize your professionalism, and positive attitude.
Your job or internship is out there. You’ll find it soon.