That’s the name of the game when it comes to applying for jobs these days. You can send out thirty job applications and not receive a single response. But how do you know when it’s time to reach out and advocate for yourself? Here’s how you can tell when it’s the right time to follow-up, and what your overall approach should be.
First, make sure you’re firing off a prompt thank-you email. As soon as possible, find your interviewer’s contact email and send a digital “thank you.” Include your name and the position you interviewed for. Mention some highlights, and specifics you can remind them of to imply a continued connection. Close by thanking them for their time, and by seeking a prompt decision in the most polite way possible.
Catch Their Attention
The subject line is important here – we actually recommend replying to your most recent email with the company contact instead of creating a new chain. This can refresh your interviewer’s memory and continue an existing line of communication.
In your follow-up reminder, think carefully about the body of your message. You want to deliver your message, but you also want to be cautious so you don’t seem pushy or insistent. It’s no big secret that hiring managers may interview dozens of candidates each week, depending on the organization, so you may need to remind them who you are. Include details, both professional and personal – if you can connect over a reminder, like being a Colts fan or a dog-lover.
When you send your follow-up because you haven’t heard anything, wait a week. Seeming too eager can be a turn-off for potential employers. Hiring is typically last on the list of priorities for busy supervisors. If you still haven’t heard back, send a final follow up the following week if needed.
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