Not calling after a date is one thing. “Forgetting” to return a call (or two or twenty) from that friend who you now realize is craZy (and not in a good way) is socially acceptable. But not replying, in any way shape or form, to not just a job application (from a highly qualified candidate) but to a follow up email, is downright unprofessional.
I realize every open job these days must get a gazillion applicants. (Though in this case it was a Graduate Assistantship on campus with a limited pool of applicants: only graduate students would be eligible.) I know everyone is busy busy busy, overwhelmed with email, and probably even doing extra work because budget cuts necessitate doing not only your own job, but the job of your co-worker who was laid off or not replaced when he retired. I know that you don’t care about my employment status or my feelings.
But still. I don’t think it’s too much to ask.
And if one of those highly qualified applicants wrote a personal email follow up inquiring if the position had been filled
SIX SEVEN DAYS AGO…. well then, I think a reply email would be the professional response. You know, because this is a business. Or a university, or whatever.
How long does to take to hit the reply button, type “Yes,” then tap the send button?
Seven seconds. That’s all it would take. (I timed it,because that’s the kind of detail oriented person I am.)