How Long Does It Take to Hear Back from Your Recruiter After an Onsite Interview? |

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EP 1567 On this show, I answer the macro question and point that he detail in the question that is problematic.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for and The question I received was, "How long does it take to hear back from your recruiter your for an on-site interview?" There are 2 points I want to answer here in the 1st 1 is the overall question. "How long does it take to hear back?" My assumption is that this is being asked about a third party recruiter, a contingency recruiter, not a corporate recruiter.

It takes as long as it takes for them to get feedback from their corporate client. It takes as long as the client takes for them to communicate them. Remember, follow the food chain here.

Agency recruiter.
Corporate recruiter. Let's take that person out of the equation for mama and go directly to
Hiring manager.
Subordinates to the hiring manager who may have been involved with the interviewing.

The 3 of them have to do up a quick report dealing with certain criteria then communicate that to their boss who then has to communicate with your recruiter. It sounds easy, but the staff of the hiring manager isn't only doing recruiting. For example, there is someone who I coach who is trying to hire a bunch of people for his group. He still has his job of trying to manage his sales team while it is trying to hire a half a dozen people. He is booked on interviews. Plus he has to do work with his sales team to help them close deals .he's not exactly sitting around loafing doing is right up for HR.

It takes time to hear back and there is no rule, there is no guideline . . . It takes as long as it takes. If it takes a while for them to get back to you, trust me, do not exactly rushing out to hire you.

There is the other part that is a more subtle thing that is not the theme of the question, but is embedded in the question. It is the phrase, "your recruiter." They are NOT your recruiter.

, A recruiter is someone who goes out to find people for a job. There trying to find individuals to work for client organization.what they are trying to do is find individuals to work for a client organization, refer them to that client and, when the person is hired, works there for a period of time and then they are paid.

Who is paying them? Is it you which would make them your recruiter) or the Corporation who is hiring them and paying them? Answer: the Corporation. They are not your recruiter. You do not own them. They do not work for you. You are paying them nothing.

Yes, you have the right to say no to anything they are telling you? Of course, you do. But that doesn't make them yours. They work for corporations and the process of recruiting is to find individuals to refer individuals to work for the person who ultimately pays them.

So, drop this language of "your recruiter." It misleads you and deceives you and can give you heartache later on.

So that's today's show. I hope you found it helpful. If you're interested in connecting with me on LinkedIn, sent a connection request to me at If you are interested in me coaching you in 1 of the many different forms that I do, visit my website, Look for the relevant tab on the top or visit my blog. There is a lot of great information there.

Hope you have a great day! Take care!


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

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 1500 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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