You’ve slaved, slogged and stewed over fiendish forms, complex cover letters, customised CVs. Pressed “Submit”. Graduate scheme here you come.
The unkindest cut
Unsuccessful applicants are rooted out remorselessly – sometimes in a matter of micro seconds. Barely has your application launched into cyber space, then a “thanks, but no thanks” email hits your in-box. Maybe it helps to know that sifting is often done by an automaton, rather than human hand?
Ditto online tests: if computer says no, then it’s back to basics.
Dismal. Discouraging. But at least you can now revert to Plan B.
For many others it’s -
The sound of silence
Having cleared these initial hurdles, you may hear no more for weeks, months even. Euphoria evaporates. Nerves of steel are strained. No remission for good conduct. Why no word?
It’s not you
It’s them. The Human Resources ABC of Recruitment begins with Allocations, Budgets, Cutbacks. If these have been resolved in good time, then you can move to phase 3, the phone interview, or possibly the holy grail – an assessment centre. If not, you’re stalled till Head Office gives the nod.
Patience is a virtue
Don’t worry. Be happy.
If you haven’t heard otherwise, you’re still in the running. Make sure that when the bell rings for the last lap, you’re leading the pack, not coming from behind. Consider, consolidate, compete.
Time is on your side
Don’t waste it. Use it. Sharpen your awareness of commercial and current affairs. Shine your interview skills till they’re neon bright. Polish your understanding of the sector, the company, the role. Perfect your presentation.
The waiting game isn’t the crying game.