The Job Interview: Why Didn’t They Call You Back and What To Do

By ATR International |   Tue, May 01, 2012 @ 10:46 AM

There is nothing more frustrating than interviewing for a job that you really want and then sitting and waiting for a phone call. The interview seemed to go really well. You were prepared, dressed appropriately, and you arrived on time. All of the stars were aligned. So why aren’t they calling you back? Here are a variety of possible reasons, and how you should respond to each.

A better candidate
As much as you know you could do a great job in the position, the hiring company sometimes finds someone they like better. There’s really nothing you can do in this situation. The other candidate may have known someone on the inside, they may have had more relevant experience, or maybe the interviewer just liked them more than they liked you. Sometimes hiring decisions are made for reasons that are never fully revealed.

What you should do
All is not lost in this scenario. Write a follow up letter or email thanking the hiring manager and anyone else you interviewed with. Express your interest in working for the company should a role matching your experience open up. Monitor the company’s careers page and contact them if you see anything of interest.

They like you, but have other priorities
Hiring new employees is just one of many responsibilities for a manager. Every manager typically has a staff to manage as well as other timelines and projects to oversee. It is not uncommon that a company’s hiring timeframe is much longer than yours.

What you should do
Stay in contact. Emailing or calling once per week is sufficient. Any more than this may be seen as desperate or viewed as stalking. If you are a leading candidate for the job they won’t forget about you.

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They are waiting to see how you follow up
For certain positions, such as sales, the company may be waiting to see how you follow up and how persistent you are. Quite often, the follow-up is just as important as the interview. Follow-up should be timely, professional, and targeted.

What you should do
No matter what the position, always follow-up with everyone that took the time to interview you. Email is fine. Just make it personalized and professional.

Things got put on hold
The urgent need to hire a Marketing Specialist last week may not be as urgent this week. Other things come up, priorities shift, companies change direction. The position may still be open, but the hiring may have been put on hold for now due to shifting priorities.

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The Most Important 6 Seconds of Your Job Search

By ATR International |   Tue, Apr 17, 2012 @ 08:55 AM

You’ve heard it said that content is king. And that may be true in most situations. But when it comes to resumes, formatting and layout are just as important.

According to a recent study by, recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds looking over a resume. And during those 6 seconds they make a decision on whether the candidate is a possible fit or not. That’s right, you spent hours on your resume for 6 seconds in the spotlight. 6 seconds that determines whether you get an interview or not. With so much relying on such a short amount of time, it’s imperative that you make the most relevant information easy to find.

Below is a heat map that tracked the eyes of the 30 recruiters that were included in the study. As you can see, the resume on the right, which has better formatting, was more thoroughly reviewed then the resume on the left. A more thoroughly reviewed resume means the recruiter will be able to find the information they are looking for. And if a recruiter is able to find the information they are looking for, they are more likely to call the candidate in for a interview. Content may be king, but formatting is a close second, especially during your job search.

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After the Job Interview

By ATR International |   Mon, Mar 26, 2012 @ 04:00 PM

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Facebook and Your Job Search

By ATR International |   Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 08:53 AM

Everyone’s on Facebook to some degree or another. Some of us post updates multiple times per day.  Others only post when we feel we have something important to say or have interesting information to provide. And others rarely post updates, ever. You just created an account so that your friends would stop bugging you! But no matter which category you fall into, Facebook is typically for sharing information with our friends and family. When it comes to our jobs and job searches, Facebook is off limits. Or so you may think.

Facebook has become a serious screening tool for companies that are hiring. In fact, social media service company Reppler, published a study claiming that 90% of recruiters and hiring managers look at an applicant’s Facebook pages. That’s a significant number and one that everyone needs to be aware of. But what are companies looking for beyond the obvious photos and posts that might deem a candidate unfit for employment?

Another study done by the Journal of Applied Social Psychology claims that employers can determine job performance based on your Facebook page. That’s right, those pictures of all your travels tell a possible employer you are open to new experiences. The constant flow of supportive posts from your friends may indicate you are emotionally unstable. And ongoing arguments with your friends indicates you may not be very agreeable. This study was conducted over a six month period involving 500 people and resulted in “unnerving” accuracy.

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As it is with most new things, they eventually go too far. Such is the case with Facebook and potential employers. It is being reported that a number of employers, mostly government agencies, are demanding applicants user names and passwords. There are obviously many problems with this practice, the least of which is an invasion of privacy.

Potential employers demand Facebook passwords

So what can you do with this information? One approach is to lock down your Facebook privacy settings. Make it so that only those you are connected to can see your updates. Facebook has made their privacy settings much easier to navigate in recent years so this should be pretty straight forward.

Another approach is to use this to your advantage. Make your Facebook page available to the public, but post information that will be beneficial to your job and/or job search. Either approach works, but make sure you are aware of what is happening so you can figure out the strategy that is best for you.

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3 Things You Must Do Before Making a Job Change

By ATR International |   Fri, Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

A recent survey from Manpower reported that up to 84% of workers are thinking about leaving their jobs. As we discuss in our eGuide, 6 Things You Can Do to Improve IT Contractor Retention, money is not always the driving factor in job dissatisfaction as this column from HR Morning also shows. Salary is still often the most important thing to many workers, while others leave for the chance to work on emerging technologies or other new opportunities.  Whatever your motivation and whether you are full or part time, permanent or temporary, there are three things you should do to ensure that you make smart changes that bring you the new opportunities, recognition and salary that you desire and deserve.

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The Interview: Why Questions are More Important Then Answers

By ATR International |   Tue, Mar 06, 2012 @ 08:55 AM

You may think the answers you give in an interview are the most important thing to focus on, but the questions you ask may be even more important.
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Shakespeare's Advice for the Job Seeker

By ATR International |   Thu, Feb 09, 2012 @ 09:20 AM

Last week I promised to find Shakespearean inspiration and advice for independent contractors, and really job seekers of all stripes. As promised, here are three more quotes that have applicability:

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Can My Past Employer Give Me a Bad Reference?

By Jeff Monaghan, Director of Marketing |   Tue, Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:46 AM

So your job search is in full swing and you are thinking about references. And you want to know what exactly can a past employer say about you during a reference check? Do they have to follow any legal restrictions? Can they discuss past performance reviews? What about that project you screwed up because you misunderstood what your manager wanted?

The legal answer is that they can say whatever they want, as long as it’s true. Frightening right? Your chances of landing that job could swing on a single sentence by one of your past employers. But before you panic, the reality of the situation is much different.

Most companies do not give out reference checks other than offering some sort of basic employment verification. “Yes, Joe Smith worked here from Jan 2007 to March 2010.” The reason for this is that they want to avoid the possibility of defamation and slander lawsuits. So the easiest approach, and the one that is in the best interest of the past employer, is to have a blanket ‘no reference checks’ policy...good or bad. Some companies are even taking this a step further by utilizing automated employment-history checks. This is an automated phone line that only gives dates of employment and title.

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5 Keys to Looking for Work in 2012

By ATR International |   Tue, Jan 17, 2012 @ 08:32 AM

The last few years have been one of the worst economic periods in decades. There have been mass layoffs, unemployment hit 10%, record number of homes were foreclosed on, and the stock market tanked. Pretty much any economic indicator you looked at had bad news to report. But things are changing. And they are changing quickly.

Hiring Logjam Breaks as CEOs Plan Fastest U.S. growth since 2006

Role Reversal: Employers Say They Can’t Find Workers

U.S. Consumer Sentiment Strongest Since May

The economy has hit an inflection point. So what does it mean for your job search? It means you need to dust off that resume, proof it, update it, and get it back out there. Here are 5 keys to your 2012 job search.

1. The past is the past. Yes, times were tough, but companies are once again looking for people that can add value to their workforce.

2. The sooner you get out there the better. There are many people that stopped looking for work. Get your resume out there before they, too, realize things have started to turn around.

3. Double check your online presence. Is your Linkedin profile current? Do you have the proper Facebook settings to ensure anything that is private is, well, private? And don’t forget to check out Google+. Google now includes Google+ profiles in their search results.

4. Don’t forget about temporary staffing firms. They are a great way to get into a company you are targeting. Plus they’ll help with your resume for free.

5. Let everyone know you are looking. That network you built up in 2009 and 2010, its still there.  And more of them are probably working now. Leverage it the best you can.
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8 Simple Steps to Working With a Recruiter

By ATR International |   Tue, Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:03 AM

Learning to work with a recruiter is a key component to any successful job search. Here are 8 simple steps to make sure you are optimizing the relationship with your recruiter.
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