I suspect I already know the answer to this question, but I feel the need to ask anyway, to get some sort of closure.
I applied to a job that I was very excited about a few weeks ago. Two weeks later (Sunday evening) I sent a follow up email with additional information and a little project I'd made hoping to gain myself some extra points. So far I haven't heard back anything, even an automated 'thank you for your email' response.
Now I know the obvious conclusion to this is that they aren't interested. However there's a few things that make me question that.
- I thought I'd made a pretty good application. I'm not saying I'm a shoe in for the job or anything, but I'd hoped for at least an interview.
- It's a relatively small company (<100 people I think) rather than a big multinational (which I'd expect the cold shoulder from)
- The job is still listed on their website, so apparently they haven't hired anyone else yet
In the meantime, I'm constantly on the edge of my seat. I know I've invested too much hope in this. I can't concentrate at my current job, because I mentally already have one foot out of the door. I'm constantly worrying that I messed up the application somehow- did I enter the email address correctly? Did I mess up entering my own details so they can't get back to me? Did the email get eaten by a spam filter or something?
At this point, a firm rejection would be preferable to this uncertainty. Is there a polite/appropriate way to ask them for some sort of acknowledgement that they received my application (perhaps via an alternative form of communication)? When should I just give up and move on with my life?