According to StartWire.com, a Lebanon, N.H.-based firm that provides job-seekers with updated information on their employment applications, says 50% of hires applied during the first week a job posting went up on the wire.
Furthermore, 27% got the job by responding the day an ad was posted.
“Job-seekers underestimate the importance of being at the front of the hiring line,” says Chris Forman, chief executive of StartWire. “Once a hiring manager or recruiter does an initial pre-screen of candidates and makes an interview list, they rarely look back at applications that come in later. To optimize your chances, apply as soon as you see a job. And seek out an internal contact within the company who can put in a good word for you.”
But what happens when you apply for a job or even go on an interview – and don’t hear back?
Leaving applicants in the dark is bad for business, StartWire says, since 77% of job-seekers (who double as consumers) think less of a firm that doesn’t get back to job applicants. What’s more, 58% say they would “think twice” before buying that company’s products or services.
That’s the employer’s problem. For job-seekers who remain in the dark after shipping off an application or completing a job interview, the best defense, as the saying goes, is a good offense.
Here are some concrete steps to take when you don’ hear back from a potential employer: