Jobseekers beware: A completed application is not grounds for an interview. Shocking though it may be, even those who apply in-person may never get a callback. Immediate interviews right after the application is handed in are even more rare.
Employer have a number of reasons for not granting an on-the-spot interview. They may only want to interview applicants with significant qualifications. Maybe they’re too busy to care. Or maybe they have a specific time of day dedicated to interviews.
Some employers might recommend an applicant come to an open interview; a specific day and time when all job candidates come in and interview together, usually at round table.
After completing a paper application, inquire about an interview when you hand it in. When might you hear back from them? How soon might an interview occur?
Applicants who want to get an interview when they apply in-person can increase their chances by applying early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Avoid applying at lunchtime or near closing hours.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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