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My son is madly sending resumes and has applied for jobs over the phone and in person. I am amazed at the amount of companies that do not bother to get back to you and let you know that you were unsuccessful this time around after a job interview. The last job he applied for, he was in the final group of people to be considered for the position. He had a face to face interview which went very well , and was told that the position would be decided on by the following week. He waited for a phone call to be told what the decision was but that phone call never came. He really wanted to be told even if he was unsuccessful and if this was the case, he wanted to ask what areas he could improve on etc. Seriously I think not bothering to ring back applicants is down right rude and very unprofessional. I really think that manners and morals have slipped and many people just think about them selves and can’t be bothered with other people unless it is to benefit them. Surely a phone call is not to much to ask from a business.


Posted by cherz, 30th July 2014


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  • I certainly believe that if you were interviewed they should give you feedback about how it went if you were unsuccessful. I think that part of the difficulty with businesses is they now receive so many applications because of Centrelink requirements it is hard to reply to all. Particularly when many of the applicants don’t meet the minimum requirements for the position.

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  • These days no one has time sadly . I will tell you a positive story going back many years ago . I was made redundant from a long job , then applied for a similar job close to home . Apparently I was the first applicant and it was close to home and my kids school and wanted it really for the location , but also of course job suited me . Two weeks went past and nothing , so I thought well I will just ring as I really wanted that job . At first it was , really sorry etc but it was filled , THEN a few days later she rang back and asked me if I wanted a casual role instead ! . I was so excited and sadly only lasted 5 months because they moved the dept to another area. So , it doesn’t hurt to ring back and if they remember him and it was a positive interview there is still a chance .

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  • this story is good

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  • Totally agree the same thing has happened to me, I got cross and kept on ringing, but they never called me back.

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  • Hope your son has managed to get a job now :)


    • Thanks Kelly but he still has not got a job…still applying and still holds out hope.

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  • Very rude. WIshing him all the best in getting a job with a company that would deserve him :)

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  • Im with you how can people learn from their mistakes and improve if they dont get the feedback back.
    Hopefully your son finds the perfect job for him real soon.

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  • I hope your son finds some work soon. I think companies could at least send a generic email to those that have emailed for a position saying “sorry but your job application was unsuccessful this time”. It could be CC to everyone that didn’t get the job in one email like companies do to say “sorry you didn’t win but here’s a 10% off voucher” type messages we get sometimes when we enter a competition. I’m sure they could do something like that quite easily.

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  • It is rude and very unprofessional and they don’t set a good example to their applicants, imagine what they’d be like to work for.

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  • Allowing for the fact that sometimes hundreds of people apply for job vacancies, I guess you can forgive companies for not getting back to everyone who initially applies for a job. But common courtesy should dictate that anyone who gets to the interview stage should at least be afforded an email or quick phone call saying “Thank you, but on this occasion you were unsuccessful”. No wonder so many job-seekers get disheartened so often.

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  • Finding a job is so frustrating and to not even get a call back or email must be equally frustrating. I understand that it would be hard to get back to everyone that applies but they should at least get back to those that made it as far as a face to face interview. Wishing him the best

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  • Thank you so much moms for all your lovely comments and tips. My son did ring the company after giving them a good few extra days but was not at all happy with the response ( it was the usual generic one, as I would call it and of no real help to him) she even told him when he rang that he was on her list to call that day…(what I and son think yeh sure) He has a BA in IT and is finding it really difficult to land a job. He appears to be over qualified for shop work, not qualified for the top end job because he does not have the experience, so is in the middle section and the jobs are few and very far between. But he has not lost hope and will keep plugging away.

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  • That is rude. Usually if it has been a face to face interview, they should have emailed or called to let him know he was unsuccessful. Hope he doesn’t lose confidence

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  • I was talking to a lady the other day who told me the exact same thing. He has got a fantastic attitude in wanting to know if he didn’t get the job what areas he could improve on. The lady and I were saying the exact same thing, the phone call back and feedback would at least let you know if there were areas that would help you next time around. This lady said she applied for jobs at a huge rate per week. I know a friend of mine always gives a polite call back, even though she finds it hard to make the call that disappoints people. I feel for your son and I really hope something comes up for him, as he is doing all the right things and has a great and motivated attitude. Wishing your son the best of luck. With his attitude someone is bound to notice his keenness and willingness to learn and adapt.

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  • My son has been applying for jobs for quite a few months now and out of about 40 applications he received one response via mail – his name was spelt incorrectly and I was amazed he even received it as our address was incorrect. My son’s commented saying I could do a better job than that. My son is quite devastated that he cannot find a job let alone anyone getting back to him. A quick phone call surely wouldn’t be tooooo difficult.

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