How Much Follow Up Is Too Much?
Dear J.T. & Dale: I've been told companies hate it when you keep contacting them after an interview. how much follow up is too much? — Cheryl J.T.: My rule of thumb for my clients is this:
- Always ask during the interview how long it will be until they make a decision. After that time has come and gone and you've heard nothing, e-mail a request asking if you're still in the running.
- Wait one full week from the day you send that e-mail for a response. If you don't hear anything, e-mail again, making sure to keep it short and polite, stressing how interested you are in the job.
- Wait three more weeks, and if at that point you haven't heard anything, pick up the phone and see if you can find out if the job has been filled.
- After that, it's time to assume they hired someone else and put the company into your tickler file. That's where you wait two months, then check to see how the new hire is working out and if they might be hiring in the future. (You'd be surprised, but sometimes circling back can result in your learning about a new job possibility that hasn't been posted.)
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