Unfortunately, most of the job search process involves waiting. This part can be particularly agonizing during the post-interview follow-up stage, when you are waiting to hear about the next steps in the hiring process.
You don’t want to come across as pushy, desperate, or overly eager and hurt your chances of getting the job. However, you do want to balance assertiveness with persistence, while remembering that Hiring Managers are interviewing multiple candidates and, oftentimes, trying to fill several positions at once.
How often should I follow up?
Post-Interview Follow-up #1:
If you don’t hear back right away, don’t worry. Hopefully, you asked the interviewers about the next steps in the hiring process:
Follow up on the specific day or timeframe the interviewer mentioned unless you hear from them sooner. If that date passes and you have not heard anything, send a short, polite message to inquire about the position anywhere from 5 to 10 days after the interview. For example:
“I am writing to find out if I am still under consideration for this position. I am still highly interested in the [Name of Position] opportunity and look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.”
Post-Interview Follow-up #2:
Wait at least another 5 to 10 days from your initial follow-up message. Keep them short and simple. This approach is your best shot at getting a prompt update without coming off as too pushy or desperate.
“I hope all is well. During our last communication, you mentioned you expected to make a decision about the [Name of Position] opportunity I interviewed for on [Date of Interview]. I’m still very interested in the position and am eager if you can share any updates. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information to assist you in the decision-making process. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.”
How many times should I follow-up?
It depends on the level of responsiveness and your level of tolerance. I believe in being pleasantly persistent and following up until I get an answer. If you’re unsure where you fall on this scale, a good rule of thumb is to use the baseball method, 3 strikes and you’re out.
Many people worry about pestering the interviewer. Just remember, the interview isn’t over until you’ve heard whether or not you’re moving onto the next stage of the hiring process. Following up is normal and expected, and you have every right to make these inquiries.
Tips for showing your continued interest in the job
You don’t want to keep sending the same email, but you can add variation to your follow-up notes in a couple of ways:
Should I tell the company if I received another offer?
Yes. It lets the employer know you are in demand and may not be available for much longer and motivates them to speed up the process and prepare an offer from their end.
Here’s how you could approach this scenario:
“I wanted to follow up and ask whether you have any updates regarding the [Name of Position] role I interviewed for on [Date of Interview]. As you know, I am actively job searching and interviewing with several organizations.
Yesterday, I received an offer for a position but had not responded as I wanted to speak with you first. [Name of Company] is my #1 choice because of [Insert details about what excites you about the role]. I just wanted to make you aware of the situation since they are looking for a reply as soon as possible. Can you share any details of where you are in your hiring process so that I can make a fully informed decision?”
Keep the following guidelines in mind:
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