The Recruiter Said “Hold Tight.” When Should I Call? |

Someone asked,” I had an interview last tuesday and a positive feedback text from recruiter on Friday saying “ company x said to “hold tight” the team is still discussing but they really liked you.” Today is Monday and I’m getting anxious. What does it mean? How long should i wait before i call and should i call the recruiter or the hr directly.

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Here's a great scenario. Listen up. This is a cool one. "I had an interview last Tuesday and a positive feedback text from the recruiter on Friday, saying the company said "hold tight." The team is still discussing, but they really liked you. Today is Monday. So now it's since Tuesday till the following Monday, and I'm getting anxious. What does it mean? How long should I wait before I call and should I call the recruiter or HR directly?"
Oh, the horrors! Horrors! This is awful.
I first want to get clear about one definition. This person separates out the recruiter or HR. So I'm assuming that this is a third party recruiter and not a corporate recruiter. Thus, when they're saying HR, that's the corporate recruiter. So let me kind of walk through this situation.
Maybe what you're being told is true. But if you really want to get the truth, you call HR and say to them, "Hey, you know, I interviewed last week, so and so (the first name of the recruiter) said, 'Hold tight. They really liked me.' Could you give me an update on what's going on?" And they'll do that.
Or they may say, "Yeah, that's right. That's exactly where we are."
"Could you give me a timeline for when they might make a decision? How do I rank by comparison with others for the role? If I'm number five on a list of seven, the likelihood is, you're probably not going to hire me, are you?"
So, you want to have the conversation with HR because, frankly, the recruiter is an individual who has a vested interest in having you hold tight. They don't want you to take another job.
Now, I would encourage you to keep interviewing. And I would also encourage you to listen carefully to what HR says, and doesn't say. By that. I mean, do they give you an idea of when they're going to make a decision or not?
"We're getting paperwork together and hope to have something to you in the next day or two."
That's good news. They're getting an offer together for you. You follow up by asking them what they're thinking about in the way of money so that you know what their thoughts are.
But, think about it for a second. The recruiter is there working as an agent of the employer. Their goal is to hold you in place until the employer makes a decision. Your goal is to get a job. Don't fall for the con that the recruiter's giving you. Go directly to HR and say, "When I spoke with so and so from the agency, they told me no decision as of yet. Hang in there. The team really liked me. Could you give me a sense of when they're going to be making a decision?" Or "Could you give me an idea of a timeline when they're going to be making a decision," so that you have a sense of, of what to expect from them."


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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