How to Follow Up and Not Appear Desperate

Gary writes:
I had two interviews with a company that I am very interested in seeking employment
with. The first interview was with the hiring manager and the second was with his peers
and superiors. The second interview went extremely well and the hiring manager even
told me I did great! I followed-up with an e-mail two weeks after the second interview
with the hiring manager and did not receive any response. I also followed-up with him
via telephone and got his secretary who informed me the company was still in the
process of interviewing for the position? How do I find out where I stand and how can
I get to speak directly with the hiring manager without appearing to anxious/desperate?
I am currently employed and actively interviewing with other companies and would like
to know whether I am still being considered for the position with the company I had
two interviews with already.

The Career Doctor responds:
Kudos to you for realizing the value of following up with prospective employers.
All job-seekers please take note: your job is not done once the job interview is over;
first you must send thank-you notes to all the folks you interview with and second
you need to follow up with the hiring manager and continue showing your interest in
the organization.
Employers have had the luxury in the last couple of years to really stretch the length
of the hiring process some to many months beyond the initial interviews. I think we’ll
soon be seeing a change once the employment environment improves for job-seekers.
In the meantime how does a job-seeker follow-up without sounding desperate or
becoming a nuisance?
If the hiring manager is avoiding your calls it could be a bad sign — but not necessarily.
If you cannot reach him because his secretary is screening his calls consider calling
during lunch time or after business hours — where you may be lucky enough to catch
him or at least be able to leave a voicemail message. And since you have his email
address send him an email follow-up.
So how do you not sound desperate? Well first don’t act like it. I actually think
following-up about once a week is not unreasonable. Calling every day is a warning
sign to employers. But here’s something more important than the frequency — the
content of your conversation. Whenever you do call have a topic of interest to discuss
first — perhaps the employer was in the news (about a new product sales growth
or something else positive) or perhaps you have news (such as completed more
training or some accomplishment)… and once you have discussed the news
(and shown your continued interest in the organization) then you can casually
ask about the status of the job opening. And if you do get a job offer from one
of the other leads you are pursuing by all means call the hiring manager and
let him know — it could backfire on you but it might also hasten the hiring
process if you are the top candidate for the position.
Read more in this article published on Quintessential Careers:
Interview Follow-Up Do’s and Don’ts
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