September 15, 2013 2:57 PM Subscribe
I received an email from a recruiter at a prestigious place of employ in a (STEM) field that I would like to be in. I had been considering applying at said place for a few weeks. The recruiter mentioned a project that I had completed some time ago in a complimentary way and asked whether a particular date and time would be appropriate for an informal interview. I responded, gave my CV, and suggested a date and time that would be more convenient than the one suggested. It has been more than a week since I responded (long past both suggested dates) with no response from the recruiter. I have three questions.
posted by anonymous to work & money (8 answers total)
- Did I misstep somewhere?
- The recruiter is being especially unprofessional, right?
- How long should I wait before applying to this place independently in order to avoid appearing unprofessional?
I am currently underemployed. A few weeks ago, before the above events, some friends (including a couple currently working with this employer in this field) suggested that I apply to this employer. I insisted that I was underqualified; friends disagreed. I decided to finish some notable work on an ongoing project before applying, thinking it would be an additional positive bullet-point on my application.
A week or two later, the events before the cut happened: I received this email from this recruiter, remarked on my luck to my friends, responded cursorily, and crossed my fingers. Recruiter responded very quickly, suggesting a date and a time; I responded after a few days (I had been sick, and also had wanted to have a few friends read over my words and CV; friends made vaguely positive remarks on both) with my CV and a better time for me. Since then, no response.
This is all complicated by the fact that I am generally unfamiliar with corporate bureaucracy and especially hiring practices in this field.