Update: EmailYourInterviewer is now defunct, due to the work of upkeep.
You put hours into preparing for the interview. Maybe you buy a new suit. Maybe you drive several hours to get there, spending gas money you don't really have or taking a vacation day to do it. Then you sweat it out through the interview itself. They tell you that they'll notify you of their decision in a week. And then ... nothing. It's like you don't exist to them.
This behavior is inexcusable -- it's callous, dismissive, and rude. It's just not that hard to send a quick email, even a form letter, letting candidates know they're no longer under consideration.
Employers owe interviewees a response, period.
To make matters worse, sane job seekers aren't going to call employers on their rude behavior, lest they burn bridges. So employers get to act like this with impunity, and the rare person who does complain is generally dismissed as naive or crazy, simply because no one else does it.
Now here, presented to you by Ask a Manager: a service that job seekers can use to generate an anonymous letter to the employer, telling them how rude their silence is.
How it works:
First, read the instructions to the right. Then, using the form below, submit the email address of the employer who never responded to you. They'll get a polite letter explaining why their silence is rude. The letter will be from this site; the employer will not know that you are the sender.
Here's the letter that will get sent anonymously:
A job candidate you recently interviewed asked to have this letter sent on his/her behalf and is utilizing this anonymous message service because he/she knows that writing personally would burn bridges.
The candidate never received a response from you about the outcome of his/her candidacy.
As you probably know, most job candidates put significant time and effort into preparing for a job interview: Many spend hours reading up on your company and industry and thinking about how they could best offer something of value to you. They may take a day off work and spend time and money traveling to you. And then they wait ... and wait and wait, anxiously hoping for an answer, any answer.
A quick email or form letter letting the candidate know he or she is no longer under consideration -- that's all it takes. Candidates deserve that. And so does your organization, which looks unprofessional when you leave candidates hanging.
On behalf of your past and future candidates, won't you please reconsider your practices?
A Fellow Hiring Manager
Disclaimer: emailyourinterviewer.com does not investigate the claims made by candidates using this service, and your email will not be stored.