I Already Talked To The HR Guy, Will He Think I'm A Doofus If I Re-Apply?
June 6, 2012 1:08 PM Subscribe
I applied for a job online at a really large company, got as far as a phone screen from someone from their HR department, but never got called for an interview. The job has just been reposted. Do I apply again? Do I call the HR person I spoke with back? Do I just let it go?
posted by thereemix to Work & Money (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
About a month ago I applied online to a job posting within a very large company - it was one of those company specific job application websites powered by Taleo where you upload your resume and then it extracts the information and populates a form (which then requires you to futz with formatting, etc), and then you answer a bunch of position specific questions and then submit the application. I knew that they were probably going to get hundreds (if not more) applicants for the position, and to be honest the position was a bit of a reach, but figured there was no harm in trying.
And then hey! The next day I got a call from their HR department - one of those preliminary phone screen calls. I was a bit taken aback because I wasn't expecting my resume to even be noticed and I was more awkward than I would have liked to have been, but it wasn't a train wreck by any stretch of the imagination. The HR guy said that the hiring manager would be in touch in a few days - however, she never called. I have the HR guy's contact info so I was considering calling him back after a week or so just to "follow up", but I've never been good at judging whether that's a good idea or something that would just piss them off, and considering the largeness of the company I wanted to err on the side of caution, again, given how many applicants they are probably getting.
It's been over a month, and I figure oh well, I didn't make the short list of people the hiring manager was going to call - either because I really did bomb the phone screen, or more likely they ended up with several applicants with more experience than I have. I'm not going to waste time being sad over it - I figure it's cool enough that my resume caught their attention enough to even make the first cut of the phone screen (something that has never happened to me before with a company this large).
That being said - they just reposted the job. Is it silly to resubmit my application? (Would the computer that screens the applications even register my having applied again?) Is this the moment when I should call the HR dude back? Or do I just let this one go? I've never dealt with a company this large before, nor have I ever had any modicum of success with the computer-screened job application thing and I don't really know what the appropriate protocol is. Does it really harm anything if I resubmit my application?
I am currently employed, so I'm not desperate. But, it is an interesting job, one that I think I could do (and that I would love to do), so I don't want to lose the opportunity...if I still have one.
Thoughts? I'd be especially interested to hear from hiring managers or HR people who have worked with these Taleo powered job application sites.