The job market is one tough place. And when you've went for an interview, you'll have to expect to wait a long time to hear back from a company. But how long should you wait? CNN Money has a general rule of thumb on it.
Annie Fisher writes that jobs generally stay open for about 45 days, according to research from StartWire. So counting 45 days from the job posting date, you might assume you didn't get the job.
If you have another job offer but are waiting to hear from a company you'd prefer working at, the article advises you contact the first company and give it two days:
"You should contact the company where you'd prefer to get hired and let them know you have another offer," advises Annie Stevens, a managing partner at Boston-based executive coaching firm ClearRock. "Frame this as a courtesy to them, and invite them to make a counteroffer."
What if you do that and still hear nothing? "If you don't receive a counteroffer within two days," says Stevens, "then take the other job and make the best of that opportunity."