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Standard turnaround time for interview feedback?

Postby ladymacbeth_uk » Wed, 13 Apr 2011 1:05 pm

Hi there,
I have just moved to Singapore & I have had 2 interviews to date (I am an IT professional). I am just wondering if anyone can tell me what the standard turnaround time for interviews is please? Obviously this will be different form company to company but is 2 - 3 weeks standard or too long?

I have been waiting for almost 2 weeks now & chased once in this time. Is chasing considered rude?

I've also 'heard' that when they say they don't have feedback yet this can mean it's a no as Singaporeans don't like to say no straight out? Is there any truth in this?

I come from UK - where constructive feedback is the norm & I'd prefer to get a no & reason why as opposed to a 'we'll get back to you' & then never get back to me.

Any clarity would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :O)

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Postby ksl » Wed, 13 Apr 2011 1:38 pm

Locals come first unless you have something to offer that they cannot! Maybe you haven't been following the news the last year! Drastic cut backs on foreigners due to the elections. I doubt you have much chance to be honest unless you have a speciality to offer.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 13 Apr 2011 1:39 pm

Generally, job positions come with a 'only shortlisted candidates will be contacted' but with an interview in hand, I'd expect a reply of some sort.

Will also depend if you talked to HR, your hiring manager, and whether the company is local or MNC.

Things can move more slowly here... decisions tend to be consensus based.

What kind of IT?

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Postby slayerk2000 » Wed, 13 Apr 2011 1:45 pm

I'd say 2-3 weeks is about right, I'd give it another week in your position, as you were at least interviewed.

I've just moved to Singapore also, sent out some CVs and gotten rejected 3-4 days later, no interviews yet.

The worse one was today with an email entitled 'Job Opportunites at XXX', when I opened it hoping for at least an interview, it was basically a PFO email.

I'd start looking again after 3 weeks of no notice from an interview..

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Postby ladymacbeth_uk » Wed, 13 Apr 2011 1:48 pm

Thanks for your replies guys.

Specifically I am a Software Test professional with 8 years experience, (2.5 of which in a management capacity).

One issue I face is that I DO NOT have programming experience and many of the 'Test Engineers' here do a combined role of developing and testing - in UK these two roles are generally split out.
Anyway I digress...

I am applying to some companies directly & also using recruitment agencies.
Sometimes interviewing with Managing Director of the company, sometimes another IT professional.

I think I'll just ask at the end of interviews when I can expect to hear from them & then chase once if I have not heard in that time-frame and then move on!

Thanks again

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Postby ladymacbeth_uk » Wed, 13 Apr 2011 1:53 pm

slayerk2000 wrote:I'd say 2-3 weeks is about right, I'd give it another week in your position, as you were at least interviewed.

I've just moved to Singapore also, sent out some CVs and gotten rejected 3-4 days later, no interviews yet.

The worse one was today with an email entitled 'Job Opportunites at XXX', when I opened it hoping for at least an interview, it was basically a PFO email.

I'd start looking again after 3 weeks of no notice from an interview..


PFO!!!!!!!! ':o'
Oh DEAR - at least they said please ':wink:' !!!!!

Well at least you know where you stand. I am getting my hopes up for nothing maybe.

The hardest thing is that everyone says enjoy the time off while you have it but I can't relax - I've not NOT had a job since I was 12!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Luck All & thanks for the replies

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Postby slayerk2000 » Wed, 13 Apr 2011 3:01 pm

ladymacbeth_uk wrote:PFO!!!!!!!! ':o'
Oh DEAR - at least they said please ':wink:' !!!!!

Well at least you know where you stand. I am getting my hopes up for nothing maybe.

The hardest thing is that everyone says enjoy the time off while you have it but I can't relax - I've not NOT had a job since I was 12!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Luck All & thanks for the replies


I can take the PFO part, just hated the tease in the title of the email 'Career Opportunities' when they could have used 'Your Job Application at..'

Anyways onwards an upwards.. Wish you luck in your job search!

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Postby ladymacbeth_uk » Wed, 13 Apr 2011 8:39 pm

I can take the PFO part, just hated the tease in the title of the email 'Career Opportunities' when they could have used 'Your Job Application at..'

Anyways onwards an upwards.. Wish you luck in your job search!


yes I've had some of those too. best of luck to you too!

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Postby unrevealed » Wed, 20 Apr 2011 3:34 pm

ladymacbeth_uk wrote:
I think I'll just ask at the end of interviews when I can expect to hear from them & then chase once if I have not heard in that time-frame and then move on!


I was in the same situation and hated the growing sense of anxiety having no clue about what's happening to your application(s). You're right, doing it that way can help to loosen the tense a little :D.
Don't worry too much, I have some friends working in IT, their waiting times for the final outcomes varied from 1 to 5 weeks, others may have different experience I don't know : )
Myself also been here since more than a month ago yet had been waiting since then till last week for a company to process my application and thankfully to offer me the job (but I have to say they did it more quickly than usual partly thanks to the fact that they knew I was having other interviews). So like someone I know advised me, one month or so is normal.
Best of luck x

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Postby ladymacbeth_uk » Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:39 pm

Thanks everyone. Just for update I contacted one company who actually said my feedback was 'good' but to call them in another 10 days time!! Weird but hey I guess it's not necessarily bad news.

Got a few other things in the pipeline - I guess I am learning to be more patient to & to do all the chasing. Really appreciate all your comments.

Thank you

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Postby ev-disinfection » Thu, 21 Apr 2011 4:05 pm

ladymacbeth_uk wrote:
slayerk2000 wrote:I'd say 2-3 weeks is about right, I'd give it another week in your position, as you were at least interviewed.

I've just moved to Singapore also, sent out some CVs and gotten rejected 3-4 days later, no interviews yet.

The worse one was today with an email entitled 'Job Opportunites at XXX', when I opened it hoping for at least an interview, it was basically a PFO email.

I'd start looking again after 3 weeks of no notice from an interview..


PFO!!!!!!!! ':o'
Oh DEAR - at least they said please ':wink:' !!!!!

Well at least you know where you stand. I am getting my hopes up for nothing maybe.

The hardest thing is that everyone says enjoy the time off while you have it but I can't relax - I've not NOT had a job since I was 12!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Luck All & thanks for the replies


Pray tell, what job were you doing before you were 12 :shock:

and in Asia, people here generally do not specialise in 1 thing, here they would have to be good at multi-tasking, be nice to their bosses, and be good in "working hard at hardly working... :D

btw, have you tried contacting : www.contactsingapore.sg

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Postby ladymacbeth_uk » Wed, 27 Apr 2011 1:23 pm

haha I mean from age of 12 I was even babysitting, when I turned 16 I became a care assistant in a nursing home etc

Thanks for contactsingapore link - that was one I did not have :O)

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Postby ev-disinfection » Wed, 27 Apr 2011 1:41 pm

ladymacbeth_uk wrote:haha I mean from age of 12 I was even babysitting, when I turned 16 I became a care assistant in a nursing home etc

Thanks for contactsingapore link - that was one I did not have :O)


So have you found a job yet?

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Postby bobypf » Wed, 27 Apr 2011 4:42 pm

Yeah, please, keep us in touch. I am about to have the same problems soon since I plan to go to Singapore and try to secure an interview at least.

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Postby ladymacbeth_uk » Wed, 27 Apr 2011 9:35 pm

Thanks everyone.
No! No job yet. Just lots of we'll get back to you in 1 - 2 weeks & this goes on to 3-4 weeks. Watch this space.

I think you just need to be aware no matter how good for CV you will likely be in for a bit of a wait unless you transfer with your current organisation!

I was just about ready to give up but had an excellent conversation with someone today who has lived here for a few years & is in the similar field. I have renewed hope & will give it another couple of months.

I think I may be eligible to apply for a PEP & whereas before I thought this might be detrimental to me (I thought companies might think I'd hop from one to the other) it turns out this is likely to be more favorable as I will be available immediately!


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