When to Follow Up a Second Time after Interview


Jeffrey writes:
I had an interview on Jan. 9. Then after the interview I sent a thank-you letter on
Jan. 10. The hiring manager replied as follows: “Thanks for coming
and talking with us. I think the entire interviewing team was impressed with your
enthusiasm and that quality will certainly play a factor in our decision… As I
mentioned to you we will likely be able to provide you more information about
your status soon.”
But so far I have not received any more information from him. My
question is: When can I do “second-time” follow-up? I hope that he doesn’t
think I am desperate. If I should send “second-time” follow up what can I say
and how to say? Please advise.



The Career Doctor responds:
I think the mantra for job-seekers — until (or if) we see a vastly
different job market — needs to be “patience patience patience.”
Many employers are taking their time filling job slots perhaps saving
some money in the budget by not replacing someone so quickly
perhaps to really take the time to find the ideal candidate for the open
position. Regardless of the reasons for job-seekers it means a
prolonged interview process with longer waiting periods and greater anxiety.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that so far you have done
everything perfectly in seeking this job. It sounds as though you
interviewed well you wrote an immediate thank-you letter and you
even have gotten some feedback about how you did.
What’s your next step? Call the hiring manager — starting today.
Since you were given no definite timetable as to when the employer plans to fill the position you should take the initiative and keep in contact.
You will not sound desperate — you will sound interested — if you do it
correctly. In your follow-up phone call do not whine about how long its
taking to fill the position or that it is inconvenient to you or that you
really really want the job. Instead simply restate your interest in the
position talk about your fit with the position and stress how you are
ready to make an immediate contribution. If you have some news
such as completion of more training or career development share that as well.
Job-seekers must follow-up all job leads. Be assertive
but not rude annoying or groveling.
Read more in my article published on Quintessential Careers
Following
Up All Job Leads: Don’t Wait by the Phone
.

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Jeffrey writes:
I had an interview on Jan. 9. Then after the interview I sent a thank-you letter on
Jan. 10. The hiring manager replied as follows: “Thanks for coming
and talking with us. I think the entire interviewing team was impressed with your
enthusiasm and that quality will certainly play a factor in our decision… As I
mentioned to you we will likely be able to provide you more information about
your status soon.”
But so far I have not received any more information from him. My
question is: When can I do “second-time” follow-up? I hope that he doesn’t
think I am desperate. If I should send “second-time” follow up what can I say
and how to say? Please advise.



The Career Doctor responds:
I think the mantra for job-seekers — until (or if) we see a vastly
different job market — needs to be “patience patience patience.”
Many employers are taking their time filling job slots perhaps saving
some money in the budget by not replacing someone so quickly
perhaps to really take the time to find the ideal candidate for the open
position. Regardless of the reasons for job-seekers it means a
prolonged interview process with longer waiting periods and greater anxiety.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that so far you have done
everything perfectly in seeking this job. It sounds as though you
interviewed well you wrote an immediate thank-you letter and you
even have gotten some feedback about how you did.
What’s your next step? Call the hiring manager — starting today.
Since you were given no definite timetable as to when the employer plans to fill the position you should take the initiative and keep in contact.
You will not sound desperate — you will sound interested — if you do it
correctly. In your follow-up phone call do not whine about how long its
taking to fill the position or that it is inconvenient to you or that you
really really want the job. Instead simply restate your interest in the
position talk about your fit with the position and stress how you are
ready to make an immediate contribution. If you have some news
such as completion of more training or career development share that as well.
Job-seekers must follow-up all job leads. Be assertive
but not rude annoying or groveling.
Read more in my article published on Quintessential Careers
Following
Up All Job Leads: Don’t Wait by the Phone
.