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Typical time interval?

On Wednesday I had an interview for a retail sales job. The job turns out to be full-time, not part-time as I had assumed, which would make it *even more* desirable.

The interview was with both of the owners of the shop, and it felt like we really hit it off. There didn't seem to be any concern about my qualifications (OK, mild concern that I am so very OVER qualified, but I felt I succeeded in quelling that), and I made it clear that I would arrange to have no schedule conflicts with whatever hours they would like me to have, and that I'm available immediately.

So now it's just the (seemingly unending) wait for either an offer or to be told I'm passed over.

My question to the Group Mind: What is a typical interval between interview and offer? At some point is it proper to follow up?

And hey, if anyone if like, BFFs with the folks who run Magic Mouse Toys, put in a good word for me!

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tarkrai
Jun. 17th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Not very helpful, I'm afraid. Generally, it depends upon what was discussed in the interview. Definitely, if you haven't heard by by one week later, I think that you're justified in asking them for an update.

And when you ask for an update, you can also establish a regular communication on the time schedule they're on for hiring. :)

Good luck!!
tlunquist
Jun. 17th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
I don't think there's any harm in following up, even as soon as a day or two after the interview, with a simple "thanks for your time" sort of message. I also think it's perfectly reasonable to ask when they anticipate they will be making a decision. Obviously if they have lots of people to interview, that will take some time, and you don't want to come off seeming like a pest, but one call or email or note asking them about their anticipated time frame is likely to be interpreted as you taking initiative and showing genuine interest. And yeah, a week is a good maximum time to wait.

You've ever hired people for retail, so anything that gave you a good impression back in those days probably would give your potential employer a good impression now.
geekhyena
Jun. 17th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
I always write a thank-you note right after an interview, so maybe that shortens the interval, but for me it's usually been a matter of days. Example: most recent job, interviewed Friday afternoon, got called Saturday afternoon with the offer (but I was surprised with the speed of that, too). Hope it goes well! Good luck!

Edited at 2012-06-17 06:22 pm (UTC)
isherempress
Jun. 18th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Mail your handwritten thank-you note tomorrow. Telephone them next Friday, or (if convenient) drop by the shop.

I wish you very good luck with this! Lots of love, too...
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