This topic keeps coming up so I wanted to touch on it again with you.
Just the other day I was working with a client and she asked these questions:
“When should you follow-up after a job interview and how long should you wait before following up after the initial thank you note?”
These days, some companies take several weeks to get back to you. What are you supposed to do? I don’t want to appear to be a “job stalker” yet I want to appear interested and qualified.
Here’s what I told her:
Never feel like you are harassing them, especially when you have their permission (and I’ll get to that in a minute).
I think the best time to follow-up with your interviewer is Tuesday – Thursday around 9:00AM within 2 weeks of your last interview. But that two week number is rather a loose figure and it depends more on their hiring timeline.
I don’t like to follow-up on Monday because it’s the first day of the week and is likely to be hectic. And I don’t suggest follow-up calls on Friday because it’s a casual day and employees like to start thinking about the weekend, not a new hire.
I like 9:00 AM follow-up phone calls because it’s an hour after they started working and likely to be before any meetings – so you have your best chance to catch them at their desk instead of leaving voice mail.
Ideally, you want to get their permission to call them. You get this by asking them at the close of the interview. I covered this before in more detail, but basically, ask if you can follow-up with them in a week or two.
They always say yes.
Now you have their permission to call or email them without feeling like you are pestering them.
Should you call or email?
Me personally, I like to call – it’s just more personal that way and I have a better chance of carrying on a conversation with them where they get the chance to know me a little better.
The more conversations I have with them – the more likely they are to hire me. Whereas with email, you can send a follow-up, but you might not hear back, or their response is cryptic and you’re no better off than before you sent the email. And now what are you supposed to do, reply back and ask them what they mean?
Following up is critical to your success in landing a job and that is just one of the many topics I cover with my students in Accelerate.
To your success,