ABR’s Application Follow-Up FAQs

February 27th, 2012

There’s nothing worse than waiting. The anticipation of hearing whether or not you landed a job can drive an applicant crazy. While there’s an art to résumés and interviews, there’s also an art to the follow-up. Here’s how the process works at ABR Employment Services:

Q. When Will I Hear Back If I Get An Interview?
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ABR Employment Services (ABR) calls qualified applicants within two business days of receiving their applications.

Q. Can I Contact ABR?
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If an applicant doesn’t hear back from ABR within three business days, it’s OK to contact us. We have branches throughout Wisconsin. Please contact the branch to which you applied.

Q. How Do I Contact ABR?
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Our telephone numbers and branch email addresses are located on the Contact Us tab of our website, on our Company Facebook page and LinkedIn Company page. Feel free to speak to anyone at the branch.

Q. What’s the First Step of the Interview Process Like?
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Within two business days – or at a mutually convenient time at a later date – we conduct a phone interview to see if the applicant’s work history, experience and skills meet the qualifications for positions that are currently available.

If they do, the applicant will take an online test related to the type of work for which they are applying and we’ll schedule an in-person interview.

If they don’t, we’ll refer the candidate to ABR JobConnect, our free online career resource center to help guide and support them throughout the job search.

Q. What Happens After the Phone Interview and Skills Testing?
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Applicants will be scheduled for an in-person interview with someone from the ABR branch.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

Getting Past The Gatekeeper: Application Follow-Up Tips

February 6th, 2012

In real estate, all agents know the importance of  “location, location, location”.  Property that’s highly visible often sells faster than hard to find real estate.  In your job search, you are selling yourself. In order to make yourself highly visible, and get hired, you need to “follow-up, follow-up, follow-up”.

One of the most challenging things about following up on an application or resume is getting past the gatekeeper – assistants and receptionists who screen calls. It’s their job to make sure only the important calls get put through. You hear common responses like, “she’s busy” or “she’s in a meeting”.

Here are 5 follow-up tips to help you bypass the gatekeeper and reach the hiring authority:

  • Ask when it is best to call back. Keep trying at that time every day for 5 business days in a row.
  • Ask for the person by first name. Be confident, a voice with authority might get you through right away.
  • Call when the gatekeeper is likely to be out of the office – early in the morning, at lunch, or after hours. There’s a good chance the person you are trying to reach answers their own phone after hours.
  • When asked about what you are calling about, tell the gatekeeper you’ve been corresponding with the hiring manager and they are expecting your call (DON’T say this UNLESS you have sent an application or resume FIRST).
  • If all else fails, ask the gatekeeper for help. Explain that you’ve been trying to reach the hiring manager for some time and you wonder if they have any suggestions on how you can speak to them.

Go on, give it a try.  Using these tips will help you gain an edge over others vying for the same position.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.