Yes, yes, I will continue to apply to other
jobs in the meantime, but since this kind of thing has been happening to me a
lot I'm really getting curious as to why this kind of behavior seems to have entered the
norm within this industry.
To explain my current situation, I performed an art test for a company a couple of weeks ago. In my email with the attached art test results I made sure to ask them how soon I should be expecting feedback, just to make sure they have a reason to reply back to me in case they omit the courtesy of confirming that they've received the artworks, etc... Nope, no reply whatsoever. After a week of continued silence I write a polite follow up email, this time asking them at the very least to confirm they got my artworks. Five days later, still nothing, and I'm now writing this thread... It's really bothersome because I for one don't like doing these tests. I put a lot of time and effort into these all the while being stressed for an entire week, not to mention I don't get compensated. So completely ignoring me at this point seems incredibly rude.
Anyways, I would be interested to know if anyone has some insider knowledge on what goes on when these people ignore you at this point in the application. If it were just a one-time thing I would write it off as a fluke and the guy just being an ass or incompetent but the problem seems to be systemic, honestly. I don't doubt that HR gets swamped and all that but in every instance I had with them they were more or less readily replying to questions and requests BEFORE the art test and after all we're talking about a simple reply that's two minutes of their time, never mind the fact that it should be part of their job anyway. Seriously, a "thank you for your submissions. The relevant person will review your work and we will let you know once we can share feedback" would suffice.
So what do y'all think is going on? I get the impression that once they get what they want out of you they put you off their priority task list or something, meaning your emails won't even get read, and will only get back to you if higher-ups actually issues to further the application process. If that's the case I think this kind of policy really needs to change. Courtesy goes a long way and it’s not a big sacrifice at all to make in the interest of efficiency or whatever.