How long should a person wait for an interview call after applying to a post? I am not applying to other companies because I am happy where I am. Recently, however, I saw an even better opportunity and applied to that job. It's in a different technology so I take time out of my weekends to prepare for the interview. It's been one week since I applied to that job. I was wondering: how long should I wait for the interview and keep on preparing?
How long it takes for companies to set up interviews varies dramatically from company to company. Some employers do interviews on a rolling basis, as strong applications come in. Others have a set application period of, say, three to four weeks possibly and don’t contact anyone until that period is over. And others are just really slow — they should be contacting people within a few weeks but because of disorganization, inefficiency, and so forth don’t contact candidates for months. If you want to follow up in some way, send a polite email reiterating your strong interest in the job and saying that you’d love to talk when they’re ready to begin scheduling interviews.
In my experience, companies that are serious about hiring will get back to you fairly quickly. I've had employers contact me almost immediately after sending my resume (minutes/hours), though usually it's at least a couple of days. Anything more than 2 weeks and I'd usually assume I wasn't going to get a call.
That said, I've had companies (usually the big ones) contact me a couple of months after I'd already interviewed for and started a new job somewhere else wanting to set up an interview. While that's irritating, if I had still been unemployed, I probably would have accepted the interview.
I wouldn't stop applying and sending out resumes until you've accepted a job offer... worst case you end up with a week or two of back-to-back job interviews. Maybe even multiple offers.
In the software and tech business, no more than a week. I've been hired at the close of the interview five or six times. I've been in a few situations where I faxed a resume at 10:00 in the morning, interviewed at 2:00 in the afternoon, and gotten my offer at 4:00 PM. Companies that take 'weeks' to respond to developer and network tech resumes are 'out of the running' a lot of the time - qualified candidates will already been in their new job by the time a slow employer decides to schedule an interview.
The 'unusual' circumstances might include something with heavy background checking, one's first attempt in a management role, or a 'long shot' migration to a new technology. However, you should hear something: a hint that they're interested and plan to talk to you within a particular timeframe.