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How To Follow Up After An Interview

Posted By: Staff Editor In: Job Seeker - Interview

One of the most common question that job seekers ask is "Why didn't they call me back after the interview?". Everyone has been there at one point or another and it has to be one of the more frustrating parts of looking for a job. Once the interview is over and the thank you note is sent, it becomes a waiting game. Just waiting for the phone to ring and compulsively checking your email can drive you crazy.

The way to combat this is by following up with a company after the interview. A follow up phone call is one of the most useful but under-used pieces of interview etiquette. When I think back to the times when I haven't made the phone call, the reason was that I was afraid to call, worried that I would be seen as pushy or overly eager. The problem with this type of thinking is that it won't help you get the job. Here's why:

You've already met a representative of the company and discussed how you could be an asset to their company. This means that you have a business relationship with that person. Calling them back isn't even close to being in the same category as cold calling someone. It's perfectly acceptable, and in fact, expected that you will give them a call to follow up. Here are a few tips to help you get through the call:

Think about why you're qualified for the job. If you are still feeling anxious about making the call, remind yourself of why you are a good fit for the job. Review the interview in your mind and think about all the things that went right. This should give you a needed confidence boost and make it less likely that the anxiety will bleed through in your voice.

Follow up at the appropriate time. At the end of the interview, it's important to ask what when the company is planning to make a hiring decision. If they say three days or a week or whatever, use that as a timeline for when you should call them. Don't call before the timeframe they gave is up. If they said that they will make a decision in three days, call on day four. If the employer wasn't able to give a specific time, then you should follow up in a week.

Don't call on Monday. Mondays are always the busiest days at most jobs, so don't call then. Even if they said they would make a decision on Friday, wait until Tuesday to follow up.

Be careful leaving messages. Before you call, it's a good idea to write out a brief script in case your call is forwarded to voice mail. This makes it less likely that you will leave out important information or ramble because of nerves. Also, if the message is being taken by an actual person, be careful about how much information you give. Simply give your name and number and say that you are following up on a meeting you had last week. Don't mention the details of the job because you can't know how much information the person has.

Don't burn bridges. You shouldn't attempt to leave more than two messages. If you don't get a call back, you can assume that you didn't get the job. Even if the employer never calls you back or if they tell you that they have decided to hire someone else, be as professional as possible. The worst thing you can do is to lose your cool and get mad. You never know when you might need them again, so don't burn those bridges.

Following up only takes a few minutes, but it can really make you stand out. So many people don't bother to call back. Those who do show that they are serious about the job.

Do you follow up after every interview? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 
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Posted by: barry e
What if yiou have over a 30 day period two meetings with the three senior execuitves of a large corporation regarding you developing a new type of business for the company and last meeing was one week ago and you called and left a message re update.How long should you wait if you havent heard back and should it be e-mail or another follow up call?
Posted by: wendy b
the article I read was very useful to me u might should put in there? ppl need to ask at a interview
Posted by: Melissa Kennedy
Thanks for the great comments!Bruce - It means you should go online and fill out an application.Nureen - email or traditional mail are both fine. They have pros and cons
Posted by: Bruce W
What does it mean when the potential employer calls and asked you to fill out an application online after the interview?
Posted by: Nureen M
I always send a thank you note for the interview but I'm still not sure what is the correct venue. Is it acceptable to send it via e-mail or is it still better to send a hand written note.And is  there a preferred sign-off. I have always used "Best regards" but is Sincerely also being done?
Posted by: Jack Y
I always follow up after a interview
Posted by: Mark P
Very helpful advice. Thank you so much. I'll follow these tips.
Posted by: Jon J
I like this article, I was feeling apprehensive about calling after the prescribed time. After reading the article, I will definitely follow-up with the person who I interviewed with. Funny as I was reading the article I was thinking about calling first thing Monday, glad I read the entire article. Tuesday is good Lol:) Thank You
Posted by: mark v
I applied to one company and follow up ,the guy id so pissed off
Posted by: Rene M
Well said! I am age 64 and still getting interviews with prospective employers. I have followed your advice almost to the letter for many years and landed many jobs. Bottom line; don't stop after the interview. You're not the only one who applied for the job. Stand out as someone who wants the job without appearing desperate. This will keep the interview fresh in the interviewers mind. If at some time during the interview you struck some common ground or interest, use that to refresh the interviewers memory of you when you call again. If turned down, thank them for their time and express your desire to have another chance soon to prove you're a good fit for the company.
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Posted by: Edward M
Thanks for the insight!   My question is should I call regarding interviews that I have had several weeks ago after I've sent two follow-up emails?   Or is there a time frame where I waited too long to place a follow-up call?
Posted by: Robert S
Thank you for these insightful comments. So many times in the past, I have thought to call, but felt I would be perceived as too pushy. I will do so on the next opportunity.I am still hopeful even though I have been out of work since September. I have almost relegated myself to working in the fastfood industry just to have a job and get out of the house.!
Posted by: Patricia R
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Posted by: Teresa S
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Posted by: Susan m
Thanks for the info. Was helpful. I have not so far followed up except 1 time. I was so crushed actually hearing the words that they had chosen someone more qualified I have never done it again. Usually they say call me if you do not hear from me by ... . Well to me, if I have not heard from them by ... I didn't get the job so why bother. Obviously the one who did get the job got the call!
Posted by: Jisha s
you would think most people would know to do this, but today when there are so many applicants who are qualified to fill the position, we merely move on to the next posting. We should instead be of the mindset "someone is going to get this job... why not me?
Posted by: Esther R
I always do a follow up thank you after an interview. Usually by email because of the busy nature of today's economic climate.  I believe an email follow up is a good tool to use because you can reiterate why you are a good candidate.  A phone call is usually sent to voicemail and not listened to until the end of the day, where as an email is checked regularly.  Also, if you submit your resume online, I believe it is good practice to do a follow up email within two weeks expressing your continued interest and re-attaching your resume and cover letter and putting the desired position in the subject line.  I have recently had an employer contact me after they had my resume for over 30+ days because of me resubmitting my resume and follow up.  What I don't like is when you don't hear from a prospective employer at all and it is safe to assume if they don't contact you at all, you were not a good candidate for that position. When they do a brief telephone interview and you don't hear from them again it's because you weren't expecting a telephone interview and weren't prepared or you were busy at that time. I don't think this is a fair practice because I wouldn't think that you are just sitting around waiting for a phone call, you are busy looking for a job.  I had one employer not returning my phone call because I was on an other interview at the time they had called and had one not return my phone call after I called an hour ahead of time to reschedule the interview because I was working with a client on my current job that was running later than I expected.  Job seekers seem to be doing all the right things but employers not so much...if they say they will call with a decision or for a second, third interview within a week, then they should do that...
Posted by: janie p
Thank you, these helpful hints seem to be very logical and reasonable suggestions.
Posted by: Lisa C
I've made follow up calls after  most if not all interviews and not one company had the courtesy to bother to call me back or to notify me via email or mail.   Companies don't have to do anything they don't want to in this market. So when you follow up don't expect to get any kind of response back.   Don't even expect a letter of notification even if they say they are sending one either way because companies don't do that either.
Posted by: JOE P
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Posted by: Bonnie S
Excellent information. I fall into the category of feeling pushy - but that is more a generational thing. Will try this the next time ...
Posted by: deborah n
My question is when I apply for a job it goes really well. I follow up. They call maybe one reference and then I don't hear back. I know my references are solid. I'm concerned about a past employer.  I have done the follow up. I have even mentioned if they have any questions about them to please let me know hoping I would find out what is holding me back. I still don't hear back from them.  I work in health care and I have been trying to get back into for the past few years.  I wish I knew what to do.  I want to go back to school for my CNA and this would help me greatly to go back to work in health care.
Posted by: sean H
I agree with this, and I always follow up with a call.
Posted by: Ismail a
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Posted by: Samuel M
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Posted by: Bob J
Thanks for the great advice. That's exactly how I handle it, and it's good to confirm that I was on point.
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Posted by: Wade T
Thank you for the article - I usually didn't call back after an interview.  I thought it made you look desperate and would just be bugging the employer.  Now, though, I will be asking for a business card, submitting the thank you letter and calling after the three days (day four) as you suggested.  Hopefully I can send another message telling you I got the job.  I should know something by January 1, 2013.  Wish me luck and thank you for this useful information.Wade
Posted by: Ayanna C
Thank you for the information. I had an interview yesterday and the interviewer indicated that they were extremely impressed and interested in me as a candidate. I sent my Thank you letter shortly after, but I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to follow-up with a call within a couple of days. But after speaking with a business friend they indicated to definitely call. Although the interviewer indicated that they will follow-up with paper work via email and would call either way the decision made. He indicated that his interviews were lasting 20-30 mnutes and we spent 1 hour 1/2 discussing the position. So I am strongly confident in his decision, but I cant be sure until further correspondence Then after reading this Interview blog confirms it that I do call. Thank you.
Posted by: Felix C
I like and agree with Melissa's reasoning here. A follow up call back to a prospective employer is a good idea and probably a neccessity in today's job hunting market. However, I also believe in professional courtsey as well in that if an employer, whom you have interviewed with informs you that they will be getting back with you in a fewdays, or usually in one week. Then, I would expect the employer to do just that either by calling you, or sending out an email. I mean it makes good business sense from or the employer to show their concern regarding the (total interview process) as well. Only the employer knows whether or not you may a good or very good impression on them during the interview process.  Therefore, I believe this subject matter goes both ways in obtaining employment with an employer.  
Posted by: Mary A
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Posted by: Juana C
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Posted by: James T
How about sending an email to the hiring manger thanking him for his time and expressing interest for the position?   
Posted by: martin c
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Posted by: robert r
Very useful  info. Just  had a interview, sent thank you note and called on third day . Didn't  get job but still thanked them again for opportunity. Good info
Posted by: Steve S
If I'm applying for an internal position with my current employer  should I contact them by phone to follow up about the position even though I see these people every day?
Posted by: Melissa Kennedy
Thanks for the great comments!@Karen - I hope your friend gets the job!@Allan - A thank you note is a great thing to do. Still, I would follow up with a phone call unless they asked you not to.@cuitlahuac - I'm so glad your interview went well! A thank you note is always good form!@marcella - I don't think that you'll be ruled out if you don't send a thank you note, but it's good manners so do it anyway.
Posted by: Shirish C
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Posted by: Karen J
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Posted by: Allan R
I followed up with a thank you card, with my telephone # and to please call me with any ?'s or concerns
Posted by: Cuitlahuac V
Thank you for the tips. I found them very enlightening and helpful.I just interviewed for what I think is my dream job. It went really well and I feel confident. But after the meeting, I thought I send an email to the HR rep that asked me to interview (I  wasn't looking for a job, HR called me) so I did, right after I got home. Emailed saying how exciting and impress I was with both Mgrs. The HR rep told me then, that I should send a thank you note also to the other Mgr!  I was surprised, but of course happy, way happy! So it goes to show u that yes,  a thank you note  is a good idea.
Posted by: MIKE S
AT THANK YOU CARD CAN BE FILLED OUT IN ADVANCE AND HANDED TO THEM WHEN THE INTERVIEW IS COMPLETE. IF YOU MAIL IT, THEY MAY NEVER SEE IT BEFORE A DECISION IS MADE. IF YOU DROP IT OFF TO A SECRETARY SHE MAY NOT GET IT TO THEM TIMELY OR AT ALL BEFORE THE DECISION IS MADE AND AN E-MAIL MAY NOT BE READ UNTIL AFTER THE DECISION IS MADE. A SIMPLE THANK YOU CARD THAT SAYS, TO THE EFFECT, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU AND REALLY WANT TO WORK FOR YOUR COMPANY. THEN YOU KNOW THEY HAVE IT. ALSO, IF YOU DON'T GET THE JOB AND YOU GET YOUR REJECTION LETTER DON'T BE AFRAID TO CALL BACK. ASK TO SPEAK TO THE INTERVIEWER. RE-INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND ASK IF THEY REMEMBER YOU, DESCRIBE YOURSELF, ETC. THEN STATE, I UNDERSTAND I DID NOT GET THE JOB, BUT I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD LEND ME SOME INSIGHTS SO THAT I MAY BE A MORE VIABLE CANDIDATE NEXT TIME. THEN BE PREPARED, THEY HAVE NO REASON TO HOLD BACK AND YOU MAY GET SOME CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISMS. OR YOU MAY HEAR THAT YOU DID GREAT, YOU WERE ONE OF OUR FINALISTS, HANG IN THERE. YOUR RESPONSE IS THATS GREAT, BUT THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING THAT I CAN DO TO BE A BETTER CANDIDATE. AGAIN, THEY REASSURE YOU. NOW YOU'VE GOT THEM THINKING, MAYBE WE HIRED THE WRONG PERSON. DID WE MISS OUT ON A GOOD ONE?? I'VE SEEN 4 HIRES THIS WAY WHEN THE INITIAL PERSON HIRED DID NOT WORK OUT AND THEY CALLED THESE PERSONS BACK AND ASKED IF THEY WERE STILL INTERESTED. JUST BECAUSE THE INTERVIEW IS OVER DOESN'T MEAN IT'S OVER.
Posted by: Marcella N
Should you always send a thank you note after a interview? If you don't send a thank you note could the company considering you not consider you anymore?? Would be interested to know your thoughts.
Posted by: Steve M
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Posted by: Michael P
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Posted by: John D. C
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Posted by: Susan B
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Posted by: Paula S
Very helpful.  I thought it was rude to call after an interview, and I didn't bother to write a thank you letter.  I thought my interview went really well.  I guess it didn't I wasn't selected.
Posted by: Cynthia B.
Is it appropriate to send an e-mail thank you for the interview when applying for a position? I was told it was fine.
Posted by: Christine T
I don't anymore ....especially if the interviewer  does not understand English very well!  When I'm hired, I will follow up with a small gift such as a plant for their office.
Posted by: Vicki M
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Posted by: Paige S
Is it appropriate and if so how do I go about asking an employer I have interviewed with why I was not qualified for the position after I have received an e-mail stating I did not meet the job qualifications?
Posted by: Kari G
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Posted by: Sheila S
I have been following up on each interview I've had - the "thank you" letter, the phone call within the appropriate waiting period - but I always feel uncomfortable with that SECOND call to them.Here was my wake up call- my husband is in charge of interviewing and hiring for his engineering team and he told me that it is the prospective employee who makes that SECOND call, who may very well win that "toss up" of the person to hire!!!  It shows their commitment and interest. If a supervisor thinks that you are a pest for following up appropriately, you may not want to work for that organization!!
Posted by: John T
Is there any kind of etiquette for following up applications or resume submissions? I just keep waiting to hear about whether I even got an interview! Any recommendations for how long I should wait before I write off the application?
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I think it is under utilize tools that is at everyones finger tips.  And besides what do you have to lose.  Maybe the candidate they have selected has said NO to the job prosposal you just never know.I say go for it!
Posted by: Darnell H
this was a very helpful tool. It can be frustrating waiting for that supposed call back..And it does make you feel as if you are being pushy ...but at the same time if you're not really going to get that call back it can give some form of idea of why you're not selected...so this information is very helpful.if you decide to  call them back..really what do you have to lose...you just may gain some knowledge.....
Posted by: Nicole S
I completely agree with the follow up phone call and I have to thank you on the noted timeline with which to call back. I always call back after an interview, however, I seem to be calling back too early. This was very helpful in my interviewing dilemma! Thank you!!!
Posted by: Denise S
Great information.  I have never called back because I felt silly.  They didn't call so why bother.  Someone from my company I was laid off did a call back and got reconsidered and hired. So reading this and speaking with someone who knew this is helpful in my job search.
Posted by: Dayana J
helpful.
Posted by: stacy c
This is SO true!!  I always follow up with a phone call to see if there have been any decisions and if I am in the running etc. If they are not available I leave a voice mail.  If I don't follow up by phone I feel like I have not fulfilled my responsibility in getting the job.
Posted by: Georgianna V
Great article, however is sending an e-mail to the interviewer also as effective as calling considering that they do have a busy schedule?
Posted by: Gloria H
Very helpful advice indeed.  Thank you, I really needed this refresher article in follow-up after interview.
Posted by: SUDHA K
thank you
Posted by: Robert J. M
 The article is excellent especially for recent college graduates. A follow up note was taught in various books, and research, for as long as I have applied for jobs. Sometimes, the person that you interviewed with & sent a follow up thank you note, doesn't get you in the front door. My opinion JUST DO IT. Find a standard note but change it to fit your situation, job type date, people, places. This would be similar for a cover letter. (Hint CareerBuilder.com) has one that can be used just adapt it to the types of job(s) that you are applying for.
Posted by: Elena E
      Hello!      I would like to thank you for such a help full article.  It  encourage  the person after an interview.
Posted by: Philip K
Its excellent.. I will use it...
Posted by: Barbara O
Great Article! Gave an answer to a questions I have been wondering about for a long time.
Posted by: Rosemarie R
Good advice! I do not call after an interview for the exact reason you mention. I do not want to come across too needy or bothersome. In the future, I plan to make my one call, after the interview. Thanks for the advice!
Posted by: Lillie B
I always thought making that phone call was a little pushy, but from now on I will do a follow call.
Posted by: Ernest M
In a number of cases i normally felt it is improper for me to request the feedback or whether the decision had been made.Thanks for the well thought article and advice to jobseekers that have been empowered with this wonderful knowledge
Posted by: Mary M
I gave a resume to a present employer but at a different casino.  I was told hiring takes place about every three months.  It's been approximately one month since I made a second appearance.  I will call the person I was introduced to which takes away the pressure of a personal appearance, although an appearance would say I'm very interested.  Is another appearance a good followup?
Posted by: Angela S
I understand waiting as long as possible to follow up so you do not seem pushy or desperate, but I don't understand waiting until after the date the decision is supposed to be already made.  What if you call on the day they said a decision is supposed to be made and the hiring manager was on the fence between two candidates.  That phone call expressing your continued interest could tip the scales in your favor.  
Posted by: Tamara C
Yes you are so correct about the thank you letter. I had a group interview and I took the time to get all their email address to send them all a thank you letter. Yeah for me I got a call later that day with an offer for the position I interviewed for just two days ago.
Posted by: ingrid r
i had an interview last week and i am so worry about it what happened?all i think is if they gonna call me. thanks for this ideas i will call them next week  
Posted by: Antonio D
This is great information. Moreover, I do follow up calls and send letters, but no one ever returns my calls or send me something that says "they have a better candidate that fits the position." At times i think I’m over qualified for the positions although the descriptions of the job is a great match. During the interviews everything goes very well. I'll keep trying...
Posted by: Rich W
Good information!  Thank you.
Posted by: LaSonya S
After I have interviewed sometimes I get a card from the interviewer.  I think that's a big chance I have the job so I send out a thank-you letter but I don't get the job because their were candidates who were better suited to their needs.
Posted by: Portia H
Thank you for your observations on following up after an interview. After two and a half years I finally received a call for an interview which I think went successfully. It has been a week since the interview and I was advised that they would be following a week later on their decision. I have followed-up by phone and received a voice mail which your information provided was greatly appreciated. Many Thanks for the tips.
Posted by: Peter M
Thanks for that. It is an eye-opener. It's a great insight one had not given a consideration.
Posted by: David A
Very good information - and you are correct - many times overlooked by many people.
Posted by: Fernando M
I normally don't follow up, but now that I read your article, will try to do so.
Posted by: Jeffrey D. M
I fully support the comments and have been doing this type of follow -up. If for nothing else it lets you know what is happening in the interview process and on the best side it continues to support your interest in the position. Thank you for the article.
Posted by: Gloria R
I would always do a follow up to show the potential employer that i am confident, a team player, and that i have initiative to go after what i want.
Posted by: R.J.
In today's market, they are giving more and more of the higher positions and hiring authority to mere 'toddlers'. Unfortunately, these under-evolved turds come with their own brand of 'etiquette'. After a call back to be sure my resume had arrived safely (due to their inefficient set-up) I was told by the recruiter that a call-back is considered "old-school". When I explained that there had been no way to be certain that he had received my resume other than to ask, he just stared me down. Needless to say, I didn't get the job. He had already decided before he hauled me in there for an interview that there was no way he would hire me, simply because I wanted to be sure he had received my information. I have also followed up with a thank you note (except for with that rude idiot) after every interview I have had... I am still seeking work. My most recent job interview was with a place who had hired a fetus as their general manager. The minute he saw a woman who was old enough to be his mother standing in front of him, he shut down. Refused to ask me any work-related questions or inquire about my credentials. He had my resume in his hands, I had just given it to him. He never bothered to read it or comment at all about my very relevant background. I'm sorry, but too often promotions are not well-founded. This child had no business interviewing anyone. He'll get no thank you from me for wasting my time and gasoline on his 'physical appearance screening'.
Posted by: Michelle T
I like to follow up with a thank you e-mail.  Quite often I will have an additional question for the person.  I find this is a good time to ask.  
Posted by: Terri L
I plan to do just that when I get an interview.
Posted by: Thomas S
these are very good ideas and knowledge to have, however how does one fit into the company to get a face to face interview. I have spoken with many companies on the phone, have been told I have excellent qualifications, yet never get a face to face interview.
Posted by: Caroline S
Your observations are well formed and worth including in job search development workshops.  There have been times I would have lost my "cool" and questioned the validity of that decision not to hire.   In this day and age, where future collaborations are required for organizations/companies, loosing your cool with one potential employer, may cause uncomfortable situations both for yourself and your new employer.
Posted by: David C.
Since March of this year, I have had about 25 interviews, and have not been able to get a sniff of an offer.  I have also eliminated myself a few times, and if I feel that an interview did not go well, I would still be professional enough to write a thank you note and add that I felt that I would not be a fit in the organization.  Unfortunately, I have come across some interviewers that lied about everything during the interviews, and I know in this day and age, that it requires a ton of guts to turn down possible opportunities, but I have always placed credence in being ethical and above board, rather than risk "Being Guilty by Association".  I have seen potential employers change the requirements of the position, ie, Full Time to Part Time, or change the location where it  would be 40 miles further, one way, to commute.  I have also seen where I allow plenty of time to get to the interview, and while commuting to the appointment, they call my home phone to cancel the interview due to their systems going down, and not attempting to call my cell phone to alert me to the problem and arriving there, just to be sent home.Good luck to all those in the job market, and perhaps after the Presidential elections, maybe more things will open up.  I have drawn the conclusion that companies are putting off hiring decisions until the results of the elections are known, and am just offering everyone a different perspective.
Posted by: Misty B
This really helped me to know how and in what way to follow up after an interview.  Thank you for the suggestions, especially the one about not calling until Tuesday.  I always try to avoid turning in an application on Fridays and Mondays due to knowing how busy it can be and that my application might actually get lost "in the shuffle" as a result.I hope to use your suggestion this coming week and maybe it will actually help me land the job!
Posted by: Denise D.
This is good solid advice, that will help me as I go through the interview process. Thank you.
Posted by: vera D
what about email, if they don't have time for a phone call and suggest it will be two weeks before they finish all the resume
Posted by: Lowell B
Very helpful!  The concept of focusing on why I am an asset to the company will benedfit me.
Posted by: ANNAMARIE K
I like this premise, I never thought of making a call. I always try to send a thank you letter though. But what do you do if the interview doesn't go well as planned?
Posted by: Ismail o
Good tips but certainly things like these do not really work in Nigeria where some of the recruiting team members are not even competent to drill or get the best out  of you. Sometimes, you feel ashamed of the whole system because some of the interviews do not reveal any standard. So, calling back may even let you lose the job. I once called back and the secretary to the Head human resource who picked the phone told me never to call the number again.  But this was a number I got  from the company's website!
Posted by: Eric A
Yes, i did follow. The most recent was when i sent an email to the recruiter who had informed me of giving feedback in three weeks. My mail was treated as being very polite and from then, we have had good business relations although decision have not been yet after even a month+.From this experience, i believe follwing-up makes a recruiter have confidence in the candidate and can influence decision if you are the last two candidates for the job.
Posted by: Cheryl B
Thank you.  Just had an interview a week ago and was wondering when to follow up.  I've already made one phone, call no answer, left a message. I sure hope I didn't blow it
Posted by: VISHAL R G
Very Very usefull artical.Agreed with that  interview is  business relationship.
Posted by: Michael D
Looking for a job nowadays is just plain crazy. I lost a job that i had for 15 years. the company closed their doors due to high taxes and moved production over seas. now everything is done over the computers and its hard to sell yourself over a computer when you are trying to change you career because manufacturing does not exist anymore. It seems like management will not let their HR people do their job without them having to put their 2 cents in. they want you to come back 3 or 4 times for a $10.00 a hour job give me a break. let the HR people do their job that is what you hired them for and management needs to focus on running the company. it all boils down to you need to know someone. you can give advice all you want bottom line is its a bunch of bull   
Posted by: Carol W
I think this was excellent information. I will use this bit of advise and call the HR person next week.  if I haven't heard from her in the time frame given!
Posted by: Christine B
Very useful information.Thank You. I had my resume acknowledged via e-mail,waited a week. I did 2 follow up phone calls,received voice mails ,left a message and they did not have the courtesy to call me back.
Posted by: Benjy M
Thanks for the valuable information.  I do have a question. Recently had the initial interview, which was over the phone.  Called back to say thanks, butt hr rep was out for the next two weeks. She said candidates would be contacted if they made it to one on one interview with the GM and gave no timeline.  HR rep also asked what companies I'm interviewing with. I gave two, but since this person has been on out for two weeks since the interview I've interviewed with three more, one of which is a competitor.  Since I have not heard back and the rep is back in the office on Monday should I call again to update that I have interviewed with a competitor?  Thank you, Benjy
Posted by: Lezlie H
Very good advice to follow.  
Posted by: Francis K
Makes sense to me!
Posted by: Karen K
I always follow up after an interview.  Depending on the time frame, first with a thank you letter, then a follow-up phone call.  If there is no time for a thank you letter, I make a thank you phone call within three days of the interview--but never on a Monday.
Posted by: Raquel J
Thanks for posting this article, I actually have an interview tomorrow and this is really helpful.
Posted by: Andrew M.
The article makes some solid points, but I disagree about the timeframe in which to call back.  Certainly you don't want to appear over-eager or pushy (hence the theme of the article), but if the point of the call back is to remind them that you're the right person for the job, you want to be sure to get in there *before* the decision is made.  Use their timeframe, but reach out near the end.  If they say 3 days, call at the end of the second day or the morning of the third.  If they say a week, call at the end of that week, but not after.
Posted by: Kay Are K
I appreciate the advise given. I have always sent a "Thank You" letter to the company after the interview, but never did I think to call. Thank you again for the advise.
Posted by: DENISE D
I follow up on the jobs that I want to get. Sometimes I come out of an interview not wanting the job. I have also turned down jobs. This is very good advise though. A week is a good time to follow up. I come home after a good interview and send an email if possible thanking them for their time.
Posted by: Gwendolyn G
I really needed this article because I have been going out of my mind. It has been over two weeks ago when I had my interview. However today they invited me to another of there homes for another open interview job fair.I like this article very very much.
Posted by: George M
The suggestions was very informative and straight to the point.
Posted by: WILLIAM N
I sent out the thank you note to whose I meet on interview day.then I call at least one of the interviewer, usually the hiring manager to see any process or decision.
Posted by: Cameron M
Very helpful tips to an interview follow-up. I intend to use them when I get a chance. Thanks.
Posted by: Dianna S
This is great info. A lot of interviewers are just the HR person and want to put the best candidates in front of the CEO or Dept Head. Make sure you keep names of interviewers so if you need to send a thank you letter you are prepared. Also, because companies interview more people than they hire, if you do get a 'thanks but no thanks' letter reply with a card. More than not, your name will be remembered.
Posted by: cathy c
I agree with everything that you said And to anyone else who reads this Article It really does work I tried it today And was successful and getting the job
Posted by: J. C
I recently had an interview last Wednesday and they stated that if I had not heard from them than to call them back this week. I called them yesterday instead of Monday and it paid off. I got the job making more than was discussed. Great advice. Don't ramble when leaving a voicemail. Short and to the point. Just make sure to leave your contact information.  Thanks for another useful article.
Posted by: Lillian J
Yes, I absolutely make follow-up calls to potential employers,after an interview,Thanks for this great article.
Posted by: Vivian F
I was told that I could expect to hear from the hiring manager in 1 to 2 weeks after my initial interview. If it has been longer, should I contact the HR person again or simply wait?
Posted by: Ann S
I usually send a hand-written thank-you note the dat after the interview-through snail mail; I think that helps me stand out as a potential employee.
Posted by: Donald S
Is it a good Idea or not to send a e-mail to the person that interviewed you, thanking them for ther time & saying with my background I feel I would be a good fit , if interested please get back to me.  If so when should I send it out? Thank you.  Don
Posted by: Rebecca P
Nice article, if people follow up too soon and too often, it gets annoying. A call after a week or so is good. Just listen to what the interviewer says about what the next step will be. Often the follow up phone call may come from HR, rather than the interviewer.
Posted by: Sudath Heendeni V
Thanks for the encouragement given to follow up after the interview. I hope taking down the phone number and the name should be done at the end of the interview.
Posted by: April Z
Today I had an interview which I feel went well. I was told that by the end of next week I should hear back from that person or from HR. I plan on calling that tues if I haven't heard anything. I usually follow up with a call after anyway just in case someone forgot
Posted by: donald s
I think following up on an interview is a good idea.i do it all the time.
Posted by: Antoinette B
I think you have a very good point, and that's just what I'll do send an e-mail...Thank you
Posted by: Garry R
Just had an interview that seems very promising and on the way home I was wondering about this very subject. Timing is everything.Great article. Thank you.
Posted by: Leonard D
I would have to agree with the article. I was told that I received my second interview because of my follow up calls. They said it showed persistence and I truly wanted the job. I was eventually offered the job and the salary was well above what I expected.
Posted by: Amanda M
These are all excellent tips that i plan to store for future use. One of these i've always done was to send a thank you note however, after 2 years of being unemployed and exhausting my benefits, i am now on an absolute ZERO income status (no family/spousal help). There is no hope in sight after being told by the Department of Labor and AARP that older workers are disproportionately being discriminated against. i can feel the momentum to go beyond the call of duty and i just feel like totally giving up.........................................
Posted by: Janice F
I've seen on several sites with interview tips that you shoud send a thank you card to the interviewer thanking them for the interview.  I've done that once or twice with no great results.  I wonder what your opinion of that practice is?
Posted by: Robert R
I always follow up with a letter that highlights some new ideas that developed from the meeting. This not only shows the person I am interested in the position but that I have begun problem-solving about some items we discussed. This works every time.
Posted by: Shannon G
I teach an Internship/Professional Seminar and it's great to find a definitive answer to this question.  Lots of my students are brand new to the interview game and very nervous about seeming too pushy after the interview.  This should give them some confidence!  Thank you.
Posted by: Janice W
I just had a phone interview this morning. I wrote a good thank you email soon after. The interviewer gave a time frame of 1-2 weeks to schedule a face-to-face interview. I intend to wait but at the end of the 2 weeks, I will be sure to pick up the phone and call her again! Thanks for the strategy!
Posted by: JEAN K
EXCELLENT AND USEFUL !!
Posted by: Cheryl P.
This is a great idea. From now on I will call back after an interview whether I have to face even further disappointment or not.
Posted by: Lydia C
I asked if I could follow up the next Friday then said that I would.  I want them to know I want the job, I'm a person of my word and I know how to follow through.
Posted by: Thelma A
why after the interview you need to wait  days or weeks before there telling you if you hire or not... why did not telling you after the interview if you hired atleast you dont need to wait long time... Its that hard to tell the true in the applicant if there hired or not???
Posted by: Carlos C
i was just going to do a follow up call on a job i interviewed for last week and saw this article so i went ahead and read it , couple of good ideas. thanks
Posted by: J d
I have recently had 2 separate interviews, each I felt I nailed ..One of them the company contacted me within hours to request I send the references to one of the interviewers instead of the HR gal.  I already knew this information as it was discussed at the end of the interview.  I did send them off along with my thank you letters.  My references called me the next day to inform me they gave me great reviews.  and here I sit with no answers...They stated they were making a decision by that Friday, and here it is a week later.  I just left a message for the HR director inquiring about the status of the position, although she was out of the office I am hopeful to receive a call back tomorrow..It is so frustrating feeling like you did so well and to have it fall apart..and not knowing where it went wrong at...
Posted by: Lynn M
I follow up with a hand-written note card thanking them for the interview.  In today's e-mail world, a hand-written card - neatly done with proper spelling and grammar - can make an impression.  I do a lot of hiring - those who send me notes like that get their resumes pulled again for another look and the interview notes get reviewed a little more closely.                            
Posted by: Ellen Di M
I have followed up on every interview as you have stated, and at the appropriate time. I have left messages on voice mail as well as spoken to an employee. No one has ever responded to me even when they say they intend to call people with their decisions. I think they are disappointed when they meet me and see how old I am. I have had what I deemed successful interviews only to be disappointed in the end. Personally, I think the employers ought to be given tips on how to be "appropriate" after they interview perspective employees. These are very tough times.
Posted by: milancia l
Thank u !!!!!!!
Posted by: mary l
good advice, especially on the timeframe issue.
Posted by: Gregg P
Good advice, but I think it should be updated to include sending an e-mail rather than a phone call. Today most people prefer being contacted via e-mail as opposed to by phone.
Posted by: Michael H
It seems to me that you, like many others in your industry are out of touch with the current job search process.  it is my personal observation that a majority of the companies that have an open job requisition either hide behind total anonymity (meaning company "confidential") or they hire an outside firm to hire for them.  The initial interviews are always by phone where they contact you - and you have no insights as to whether you spoke to someone within or outside the company.  I have even been told that I don't need to know.  So I ask - how does one follow-up after an interview in today's HR process?MH
Posted by: Deborah P
Great article, I have followed up with a proposal e-mail, explaining why I am the best candidate  for the position and at the end of the day I send a Thank You cards.  
Posted by: Nicolette L
I have done ALL of the above...still haven't heard a thing!
Posted by: Margaret N
Yeah, made a mistake. Followed up after 1 day. Great tip.
Posted by: Cheryl M
I read your information on what to do after the interview, my question/comment is... how do you get the phone number to make this call? With the process of applying and interviewing taking place on a computer setting where most of the information is not available on the websites. It is proper to as for the phone number after you have asked when they will make their desision? Most cases that I have seen they dont want you to respond to their e-mail or call them. No way for a face to face or a note to go out.
Posted by: James L
I like your ideas, I never thought of following up with a phone call.
Posted by: Aundrae P
this was insightful but at the same time some companies do think it is pushy to follow up with a call.  It does show your increased interest but at the same time it can come off as desperate.  I have personally tried things both ways and it can go good or horribly.  I think it is a case by case basis for the most part but I do not find myself calling anyone after the follow up thank you.  Even after interviewing places and sending a thank you letter, a lot of these companies do not even bother to send rejection letters, which makes it look bad on the part of the company itself.
Posted by: john c
I always call the interviewer back in 4 or 5 days later to see what happened with the position and if they said the position has been filled. I wish them well and hope things work out with the new employee.
Posted by: Jean P
During previous job searches, I've found it helpful to follow-up after the interview.  This search, I've not yet had interviews.Harder to know how to appropriately follow-up after submitting job application on-line.  There is an e-confirmation, but no information after that.
Posted by: Alain P
is was really helpful, i learn something by reading those tips
Posted by: Ubaid S
Yes. I agree with the suggestion by and large and you are right. Follow up call should be well thought of, if possible sufficiently rehearsed, especially for the scenario of leaving a message, very brief, but sufficiently effective.
Posted by: Christopher L
I am a fan of the Thank you letter/email.  It sets you apart and allows them to see a sample of your writing.
Posted by: Kenneth T
this is a very timely article,I am going in for a interview this afternoon,from a company that I was laid off from in May,They have not given me any timeline when I would go back to work,but at least they called! should I follow the same steps laid out in the article?
Posted by: James T
This article may be right in some application especially many years ago but not many.  I am inclined to agree with what Kristen M. says in statements that the contact, however well intended or executed, it's and encroachment at best and annoying to the typically overworked recruiter or hiring manager.
Posted by: James W
It does become very frustrating, however like you mentioned never burn your bridges.I recently interviewed, sent an email couple days later, was replied to that the job was offered to another applicant.  I thanked them for the opportunity again and asked that if the company decides to expand if they would keep me in mind for that opportunity.  Never hurts to be respectful.
Posted by: Roberto C
Great article!!! This is my very first unemployment experience and also dealing with interview follow up, my frustration is that I already had a second interview and I have not heard back; tough times and tough competition; good luck to everyone.
Posted by: Carolyn K
A handwritten thank you is the best way to refresh the interview in their mind.  It is best to send it within a day of the interview.  This is still a requirement of good manners...which sadly are neither taught, nor followed, in today's world.  Do your part to reinstate them!I always ask for the business card of each person I interview with.  It gives you the contact information of each player. I also call at around day 5 to inquire about the status of the opening.  If someone else has been selected, I ask if I would be a viable contender for any other openings now, or, in the future.  Do they keep applicants information on file?  How could I have been a better fit for the position I applied for?  Sometimes you get great information and sometimes they will not take the time to answer, but it is worth the questions.  There will be a next interview that may be positively influenced by insight into the last one.
Posted by: Marlene R
I truly appreciate your follow-up tips. I hadn't thought to call before, but definately will, now.
Posted by: Juan L
I have follow the practice you have mention on the article to no avail. I have in some cases taken flowers to the receptionist and I kept on getting the same excuse the president has not made a decision. I get a second interview with different people and they set my hope high by saying you are the person we are looking for and we will have a decision by next week. Again I call and no return call. I finally called again and she told me he has send you a E-mail, this went on for one month. They the company had no class, I did for I demonstrated class and the ambition to become a value -added individual to their work force.  I'm still looking for a job so if anyone is looking for a committed employee with two degrees I'm available.
Posted by: Mark S
Yes. I do follow up. But in the form of an email. I find you can state your position better when not forced to being on the other end of the phone. You can clearly write your position, and, then send it to them. I usually do this within one week of an interview. Regardless if they've given you a hiring timeline or not. Then I do not send any more follow up's. If a month has gone by I assume I did not land the position. However. To confirm this I will then send out a second email. But only after at least a month has passed. Just to see if I get a reply to confirm my suspicions.
Posted by: Shirl M
I agree with the article,  but I sent an email to the interviewer, not a phone call.  It  was  brief but very professional.  They gave me a business card.
Posted by: Michael W
This article answered all my question and relieved some of my anxiety
Posted by: Janice W
Thank you very much.  I have had this question myself.
Posted by: Venice M
I made a follow up twice,I was so nervous i wasn't sure if it was a good idea but was surprised at how calm i was and actually got a good response from both companies. One company called me back and suggested an interview another position which they thought i would be an assert at. it does help to make follow up and the article has been helpful.  
Posted by: Suanne A
Very helpful information that I can use in the future. I appreciate this.
Posted by: Rose W
I agree and find this information very helpful.
Posted by: Matt R
At some point during the interview, you should obtain a business card from the folks that interview you.  Here you got their address and a phone number.  That may not be a direct line in that case you would likely have to leave a message.  I've tried following up with a phone call for several days until the receptionist finally told me they filled the position.
Posted by: Gwen A
I could not have said all this better.   Even with a rejection, I try to thank them for having given me the opportunity to interview in the first place.    It does just get a bit frustrating when professional behavior is not received....
Posted by: David C.
I have had a lot of trouble with following up with potential employers after interviews.  My typical strategy is to do a follow up phone call 1 week after the interview and a 2nd one 2 weeks after an interview.  If I still had not heard anything, the 3rd week, I would write a follow up e-mail and state that I assumed I did not get the position, and if anything were to come up in the future, please think of me.  I do send the thank you note after the interview.Another suggestion that the article did not mention is that Friday afternoons tend to be bad as well, and I usually try and follow up on Friday mornings, before lunch.  Also after Holiday weekends where a Holiday falls on the Monday, one should follow up on Wednesday, since Tuesday would be extremely busy.A very well written piece, and definitely good advice.
Posted by: Roberta K
Very helpful, thank you
Posted by: seema e
I like it very much, I had my interview last 2 wks ago, and i am thinking to call them is the right time now
Posted by: J D
Great advice! In the past I have followed up before the timeline and it proved to be a mistake. In the future I will definitely wait for the time given.
Posted by: Kate H
Excellent article. Thank you!
Posted by: Martha J
Should you not follow up by letter?
Posted by: Chaya T
It is not always possible to obtain the telephone number or the email of the interviewers. I had an interview with three supervisor/managers set up by an administrator, and did not know the contact information for any of the personnel. When I called to ask for it, the administrator told me that she could not give me their direct lines. I was directed to the HR web page that indicated the status of my application. I could not thank the interviewers, nor tell them that I was still interested (the position was still open a few weeks later). However, I did send a thank-you letter by snail mail to two out of the three; I could not get the third person's location.I also agree with Patricia that it does not make sense to wait until after the stated time frame--they may have already made a decision at that point.
Posted by: Melissa Kennedy
Thanks for all of the comments. It seems that we are all still struggling with this. Just know that a phone call to follow up isn't pushy, unless there are many of them or you have been asked not to call. If you're afraid that they will turn you down, don't stress about it. If they had decided not to hire you, your call isn't going to make them not hire you more. However, there is a chance, (especially when they've been dragging their feet during the hiring process) that the people they wanted to hire had taken other jobs. Your call will remind them that you are still interested and excited about the job. If they want to hire you, calling them won't make them change their minds, so you really don't have much to lose either way.
Posted by: Dan L
WIth e-mail there is no excuse in not following up after an interview. Thank them for their time, retiterate your skill sets and why you belong at the organization, and restate your desire to be part of the organization.  I follow up within 24 hours after each interview. It should keep your resume on the top of the pack.
Posted by: Cynthia S
I found the article very helpful.  I am looking for a job after 29 years in one profession. Thank you for the suggestions and time frames for following up after the interview. I will definitely use them.
Posted by: Caroline L
As i never did a follow up. i don't think it would change there idea if there going to hire you or not...but indeed it could be a good thing so you don't have to wait on them.
Posted by: Don R
I agree with an earlier poster. I have done all that is described here and still never received a reply. All I was told was, "We will be getting back with you." Sometimes, this was said after a second follow-up. The earlier poster said it was all luck in getting the position. How true! Companies should call interviewees back to let them know. If they are too busy, at least send an e-mail to let them know.  Politeness is a two-way street.
Posted by: Keith A
I have always attempted to follow up, either with a call as this article indiates or with an email if a phone call is not possible. However in this day and age of many job seekers being presented to an employeer through a placement agency, sometimes you do not get the phone number of the person you interviewed with. Then you can look up in the web the office's main number and ask to be routed to the person you interviewed with. This shows dedication and how resourceful you can be.
Posted by: Kristen M
I have been on both sides of the table when it comes to the hiring process.  For 15 years, I did all of the hiring for the agency where I was employed.  I have to say that I often found it annoying when the people I interviewed made a follow-up telephone call.  After a while, I came to realize that I could generally curtail that behavior by being straight-forward with prospective employees.  I typically ended interviews by stating that if they had not heard from me by a clearly established date, they should conclude that another candidate had been selected.  On the other hand, I always appreciated the thoughtfulness and professionalism of interviewees who followed up with a thank-you note.  It's not intrusive, and is indicative of both professionalism, courtesy, and genuine interest in the job.  Despite the fact that everyone under the sun advises that the thank-you card is an excellent touch, only 5-10% of candidates actually sent one.  You can't possibly overestimate the edge that a pleasant note or card may give you during the hiring process.  I've recently been laid off, and now the tables are turned.  I had an interview last week, at the end of which, the hiring manager said she's be calling by last Friday to set up my second interview.  It sounded like a definite, but she hasn't called yet.  I think I may call on Tuesday, because as someone already mentioned, it can't do anything to negatively impact the opportunity if I'm not getting the job anyway.  The whole process seems to go best for all involved when post-interview expectations are clearly defined by both parties.  Otherwise, there is really no uniform, one-size-fits-all advice that can be given on these matters.  Some employers won't mind, or may even welcome a follow-up call; others won't appreciate being put on the spot, and/or view it as an act as desperation.  As much as we, the job-seekers, would like clear insight into the psyche of the prospective employer, the truth is that it's impossible to know.  Managers are as diverse as the population at-large, so things that impress one will annoy another.  If expectations of the post-interview process aren't clearly articulated by the employer, there are only a couple of options: a) ask for as much clarity and specificity as possible, without being pushy, rude, or desperate or b) try to gather enough subtle and overt cues from prospective employers to make a reasonable guess about their preferences.  Good luck, everyone!
Posted by: Delsadie Campbell
I do not agree with this comment.  I myself have a problem calling after an interview because am afraid they may turn me down.  However, once they see you call sometimes, you will stand out in their mind and they may definitely look out for you.
Posted by: Judy M
Your message was very timely.  I interviewed for a position and they said they'd make a decision by Friday.  Friday came and went with no answer from them.  I plan to call them if I don't hear on Monday.  Thanks for the tip.
Posted by: Patricia P
I agree with most of the advice written in this article, except the instructions to wait until AFTER the time frame the interviewer gave about "when" they will be making their decision.  Your advice is to wait until AFTER that time.  I think a follow up call very close to the end of that time would be better... not after.  Sometimes it shows the company you are very interested and want the job, and they may have put you in 2nd  or 3rd place prior to your follow up call., but could reconsider upon being reminded of your continuing interest and follow up effort.
Posted by: IYANDA R
this your article is so educating and important. please keep it up as many benefit from the messages.
Posted by: James B
It's probably a good idea, because sometimes the employer's 1st choice turns them down or doesn't work out.  But many employers that have interviewed me, make sure there is no way to contact them after the interview. I suppose there's always snail-mail.
Posted by: Barbara J
I,ve emailed thank you notes, when possible, called back, and handed out a thank you card. I wasn't chosen for the position. Now I ask what I can do to improve on my efforts. I think later maybe I try to hard. Thanks for the after interview tips
Posted by: oyedepo o
I do follow up after an interview, this may be via text messages, e-mail and even phone calls.This makes me to create friendship with the person in charge.
Posted by: Odwee S
Weaknesses and strengths are common questions you can expect from an interview panel .Give them an overview about the tasks you have accomplished unsupervised and your time management skills,set goals and targets you have achieved within a given time frame,your tempers and dislikes all contribute to weaknesses as opposed to company policies.
Posted by: Roseanne K
I usually send a thank you card the day of the interview so that they have you fresh in mind when MAKING   the decision.
Posted by: Joanne B
Yes, I send a thank you note and follow up to inquire about the selection of the position. I never call more than once.
Posted by: Catherine E
I always send a thank you note to the person for taking the time to interview me, within a day of the interview.I used to snail-mail or drop off a card, but that does not really work well in this age of the internet. It is difficult to follow-up when the person specifically states that they will call you, when you ask when you can call them back.Also seems to depend on the industry.
Posted by: ODWEE S
Follow it up again with an email and if there is no reply try to make a phone call to avoid the waiting game,if you were not hired you will know and embark on other things.
Posted by: Moh.Y
I faced with the questions : tell me your negative point(weakness)? and second question : tell me your positive point? It very was and is very critical for me. let me have you command.
Posted by: Kenneth W
I never thought it really mattered but maybe i was wrong.  i will start doing it after every interview thanks
Posted by: Rick A
   Very helpful thank you.
Posted by: oluwatayo o
thank you for the useful info
Posted by: Douglas F
It was nice to hear that advice from you. I always waited to hear back but thought calling was a desperate move but i guess it's really not. There really should be no reason that you cannot call back as i think i deserve an answer which is hard to get these days. I just had 2 interviews this week and am going to call back when it's time. Thanks
Posted by: Carolyn S
I am a job applicant. I applied and was interviewed 2 weeks ago and have nothing. I did call and leave a voice mail message simply stating when I was interviewed and asking if a decision had been made. I received no call back. This has happened twice in the fairly recent future. I'm wondering if they checked my references and something was off, but I don't know how to find that out. Any suggestion?
Posted by: Jolene y
I am at one of the situation, i feel nervous that waiting a call after a week interviewed from now, I thought i should make a follow up call on next week if i don't get any news. However, a week seems to long for me to wait, i am afraid of making a call if they have decided to hire someone else. Is it meaningful for my call?
Posted by: James B
I like it and I think it is very reasonable. I work with a lot of job seekers and one of the questions they always have is, "should I follow up with the interviewer." My answer is of course, "yes follow up." Your perspective is the most straight forward one that I have read.Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Rolanda B
I have often used thank you cards to follow up and express my appreciation of their time.  A thank you card can be sent the day after the interview without having to wait.  It can give you that extra advantage in helping you to stand out from other interviewees.  It also should be short, professional, hand written, and indicate your interest in the position.
Posted by: Mike R
I think this is a very professional manner to use. I also think that since you kinda of built a repore with the interviewer (and you'll know if you did) that it might kinda of flatter the person,you know make them feel important and nothing the matter with a little brown-nosing when needed.There are so many unprofessional job seekers out there,you will definitely stand out.Good Luck!
Posted by: Larry F
Thanks for the good advice.  Letting a potential employer know that you are serious about the job is a good point that is often overlooked.  
Posted by: Thomas A
It was very helpful. I will use this information after my next interview.
Posted by: Randy B
This was very helpful information,thank you very much.I got the job I wanted.
Posted by: Kellinda R
I just followed up with an email to a prospective employer; however I decided not to call due to the fact that our communication method from the start has been by email. I prefer phone calls; however in this age of technology I decided to look at the overall circumstance and send a follow up email.But I feel, definitely,  following up is essential!
Posted by: Gevinn B
I consider your advice on "How to Follow up on an Interview" not only helpful, but comforting, as well.   After attending a series of job interviews, I found my attempts merely a waste of my precious job search time and bus fare. I spent more money preparing for the interview than the company was willing to pay me for my time and skills.From my unsuccessful attempts to secure employment, I understand that having the qualifications, looking and conducting yourself professionals may be intimidating to the interviewer seeking a "particular" job culture fit.  Unfortunately, as the job candidate,  this becomes clear only during the face to face interview. At this point, interviewing with the leaders of these culture clubs can be disappointing upon one's arrival to the worksite and actually seeing representatives of the work culture. It only takes a bit of retrospective comparison and contrast after the initial physical contact  to understand why one such as I failed to get the job, particularly after interviewer ignored follow ups.Naturally, I refuse to burn bridges with the company after being ignored. Angry? Why should I get upset, when I know I  conducted myself gracefully throughout the process,  like the professional I am? Thanks, for the advice!
Posted by: MARY E
Thx for simple, easy and effective follow up tactics. Leaving a lasting professional impression will only serve to help, Even if I don't get this job, I may be able to contact same company in future & perhaps be remembered in a positive light.
Posted by: Elizabeth B
This is really good advice.  Even though you are calling someone you have met, it still feels like you are calling a stranger.  Also, you feel like you are begging for the job.  It's all very intimidating. Thanks for the encouragement
Posted by: Barb M
This is great advice which I follow ... if I make it passed the HR person, which lately, does not seem to be the case. Can you offer a tutorial in dealing with HR people? Some of the last interviews I've had, I came away shaking my head and wondering if the HR person had any clue as to what the posted job was all about. Beyond the standard six to 10 questions, I felt I could have been  interviewed for any job, from a the front desk to the CEO. It's really quite frustrating.
Posted by: Mary R
I always assumed it was inappropriate to make follow-up calls, so this was a pleasant surprise to learn that this is acceptable within reason.  Very helpful.
Posted by: ODWEE S
I think after making several attempts of follow ups without success you have to give up with the struggle and continue with your job search as usual,there may be other companies who are willing and ready to give you a job on merit based on your qualifications.A lot of nepotism is very common in the present day hiring processes.
Posted by: Mark O
A point the author should make is that there are two separate types of follow-ups. The one that Melissa is talking about is the after-the-fact results check. But, there's also an immediate follow-up of thanking the interviewer for his/her time and providing a sentence or two about how you'll fit in, or your qualifications, or how excited you are for the opportunity. This follow-up is done prior to the decision being made, but its a way of floating your name back to the interviewer and it lets them know you're a considerate, respectful person. In the event of a tie, that might make a difference!
Posted by: Sharon L
It good to know a call back is ok, but I am not good with words.  I need sugestions on what to say, I have no clue, I need words for a Office Support position.
Posted by: Krystal L
Is sending a note, or thank you card, appropriate?  When I was at a position, I received a number of thank you cards within a day or so after the interview.  I can't say they did or did not call as well, some did and some were pushy. I sent a few notes after interviews, but still didn't get the position. Was it too impersonal?  Being busy and not having a direct contact (through an agency interview), I chose to send the card since I had the address and the name of my interviewer.
Posted by: gary r
I've always been hired by walk-in interviews ;before ,now everybody tell me to go home and apply over the internet. Applying over the internet makes live contact with the HR representative hard to track that person down for live feed-back of what they think of your suggestions.
Posted by: Ruth B
Have followed all these and still did not get a job, but I have sure been lied to.  After placing the phone call was told they were making their selection that day and they would notify everyone.  That was weeks ago and still have not heard anything.  I always follow up with a letter after the interviews and then call just as you suggested and still nothing.  
Posted by: Michael N
was very interesting, especially since i was one of those people who was apprenhensive about calling the interviewer back.....thanks for the tips!
Posted by: Nancy T
I followed up with emails to the people who interviewed me.  Was that the wrong decision?  Also, since I wasn't hired I was thinking of asking them what I did or didn't do in the interview that affected their decision.  Should I do that?
Posted by: James N
Great advice!  Follow up is the most important step to get hire.
Posted by: Marlene M
Good advice.  
Posted by: Danielle M
You can't be more right, about follow up calls. I give it a week if they say a week, i give it 3 days if they say 3 days . I used to do the hiring in my job and the most annoying thing is to have someone call you before ,you said you would get back to them. Don't forget the person who is doing the hiring is also working and very busy,assuming that is why they are hiring in the first place. A nice email saying it was a pleasure meeting you and hope to hear from you soon is perfect..... shows your interest but shows you're patient as well........
Posted by: Trisha S
I really like this advice, comming from one that can be really shy, it gives me the motivation to go by the place I interviewed and check on the status of the position which I had applied and interviewed for. Thanks for giving me that extra push.
Posted by: Brenda G
Very helpful. Will try to use the information.
Posted by: Julia O
You are so right about not following up my interviews with a phone call.  I have always felt that it was inappropriate and didn't want to come off as desperate or pushy. In the future, I will adhere to your advice and always follow up all interviews will a phone call.  After all, what can it possibly hurt? It may help remind the employer who you are and why you were called in for a second interview. This has certainly been the most frustrating time of my life. Thank you for the advice you send to me.  It's a big help.
Posted by: ODWEE S
Interview follow up can earn you a job, some time back i did an interview with a certain organization but  never got a phone call but on following it up i  got the job within three days.
Posted by: ODWEE S
Recently i did an interview with a company and managed to finish all the stages of the interview process,much as i think i was one of the best candidates for the job i never got a phone call back, i sent an email to follow up with the results and there was no reply and after a day i made a phone call and the answer they gave is that they have already released the results of the interview but  they never mentioned that if i don't hear from them it means that i have not be successful, i now fear making another phone call to them ,what do i do in this circumstance?
Posted by: Reno O. B
Provdes a good balance betweeen proactivity and badgering.
Posted by: Kathleen S
This may not be a new approach in following up on interviews, although, calling may further display your ambition and interest in the job to some while others may not appreciate having to allot their time to the call, especially when they are in the midst of interviewing and receiving other resumes to review.I rarely call for the fact that I am usually sent over by a recruiting agency and they handle all of the correspondence and feedback from the company. If anyone can add to this particular issue, please share.
Posted by: Rosa S
Some job offers, after the interview, are not worthy to be followed-up.One knows when an interview didn't go well.
Posted by: Lonny L
Very informative. Brought out information and good idea's that everyone needs answers to.
Posted by: Marsha B
I was on a job interview this past Tuesday and was told they would make a decision in a few days. I called the person today No decision has been made yet.  I agree with this article on when and how to call a company back that you interview with.  
Posted by: Sandra M
I thank you for this information. I must agree with this advice.
Posted by: Aderogba A
Following up after an interview gives the opportunity to have an idea whether there would be more interviews or visits in respect of the previous meeting. In any case, it is the best thing to do to remove the anxiety that follows any interview process.This is a very nice post
Posted by: Susan C
Great points made. I believe another way to get noticed and thought about after an interview is to write a thank you note.
Posted by: Arturo C
Thank you per the article. good information.
Posted by: Dana J
I did exactly that and did not get a call back from the employer. I am a little sad because I know with my experience, it should have been mine.. I didn't like the fact that they said they would call me one way or another and didn't.. I will continue to keep going..
Posted by: Alesney R
I apreciate this advise. I will use it well as I just had an interview.Thank you AR
Posted by: carolyn m
very helpful on calling back after a  interview,
Posted by: David H
Great and useful information.I will pass onto the Professionals in education that I facilitate in a weekly Monday morning 2 hour working and education meeting.I wish I had this info in hand the last 2-3 year's of my professional career when I had a number of good interviews
Posted by: Naomi S
Good Information.  Thank you!
Posted by: Lyndon W
I found it helpful, and it was something that I didn't think of.
Posted by: bernard W
this article was very informative and helpful
Posted by: Archie L
This was very helpful for me,I was just wondering how or when to follow up aftet an interview.Thank you very much for this infomation.
Posted by: Diane V
You can follow all these rules that you read in articles such as this and nothing you do will get you the job.  Companies nowadays really do not know what they want from a person.  You can show up properly dressed, smile, answer and ask the appropriate questions send thank you notes and follow up phone calls and emails and nothing works.  I have been interviewing since May and still have not found anything.  Also what about common courtesy on the company side – why can’t they get back to you and please I don’t want to hear that they are too busy – if you as the interviewee can do all the correct things why can’t they?  I was called by the President of a company to set up an interview, she sent me a confirmation email and said – looking forward to seeing you.  When I showed up for the interview she was not in – I was interviewed by 2 VP’s and was told they will get back to me.  Two days later I saw the same posting for the same position and contacted the President and was told the job was put on hold so I said that I saw the posting again and her reply was “I don’t know why”.  I then saw the posting again as a temp position.  I also went on two other interviews (one I even went back to so that they can show me how they work) where I was told that they really liked me but the job was put on hold due to budget cuts.  So who is crazy here???  Are they lying or what?  Salaries now are like we were back in the 1970’s.  Even if you are willing to take a cut in salary – companies will not hire you because they feel that you will leave if you find something else paying more money.  Forget about employment agencies – I don’t even bother.  You can call and email and they never get back to you.  What it all really comes down to is luck.  
Posted by: Annabella L
I completely agree.  A follow up can only help, why not give it a second chance in stressing your true interest on the job.  
Posted by: Christine H
I thought I had done everything right.  I had a long telephone interview with the hiring manager and one of her direct reports.  The interview went extremely well.  I spoke to each person for about 30 minutes.  I felt like we really hit it off.  Well before the phone interview was up, the hiring manager told me that she wanted me to come in for an on-site interview the following week.  Early the next week, the secretary asked if Thursday would work.   I told her that would be fine. Wednesday afternoon I had not heard what time I was to arrive for my interview.  It had been 3 days since the secretary asked me if Thursday worked.  I sent the hiring manager a quick email letting her know that I agreed to Thursday, but I had not been given a time for the interview.  I did not find out until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening that I was to arrive at the interview by 11:00 the next day.  I arrived on time, met the two people that I had a phone interview with and also talked to 3 other people: the VP of Operations, another one of the hiring manager's direct reports, and a technical platform manager.  I thought everything went very well.   I answered everyone's questions which lead into very natural discussions.  Everyone was excited about my background and very complimentary.  In fact, everyone talked longer than their expected 30 minutes because we had great conversations about technology and the job.  The hiring manager was the second person I spoke with that day.  She told me that she would return after my last interview.  She wanted to talk to me about how the rest of the interviews went and what I thought about the job.  After my last interview, I waited in a room for her to return but later I was greeted by her secretary who told me that the hiring manager got pulled into a meeting and would contact me later.    I came home and wrote my 5 thank you emails and told the hiring manager that I was sorry that I did not get to follow up with her, but that I understood she was in a meeting and to feel free to call me so that we could discuss the interviews.  I checked my email constantly and waited for a call that never came.  A week later, I followed up with another professional email letting  her know that I was excited about the opportunity and hoped to hear from her soon.  A week after that, I called and left a message with her secretary.  I never heard from her again.  After a month and a lot of hiring for other positions in the company, that position is still vacant.  The hiring manager will not respond to me, so I am done.  What I don't understand is what went wrong?????????  I am upset and baffled.  I have gone over every interview in my head countless times.  It just does not make sense and I am struggling to understand why.  I have never experienced anything like this in my 18+ years of experience.  It is completely rude!!!!  
Posted by: Sherry S
Good tips.
Posted by: Sharon S
I'm having my first interview so this was very helpful.  
Posted by: Dawn B
This has been great advice..I just had an interview and the dental office that held this interview called me back a half an hour after the interview and invited me the next morning for a working interview.  I went to the working interview and after assisting the Dentist for 5 hours they ended up paying me for my time and told me they have other working interviews this week.  Depending on how they thought I did they will give me a call next week.  So now I am waiting to hear from them hopefully Monday but now if I don't I will definitely call them Tuesday.  Thank you for the information and advice.
Posted by: Angel A
I do follow up with the interviewer, I usually send them an email thanking them for taking the time to interview me and end it on a positive note, by saying I am looking forward in hearing back from them and have a blessed week.Regards,My name
Posted by: J. M
This article is very helpful.  I had a very successful interview on Tuesday (9/4). The hiring manager said they will be making a decision by mid-next week. I was just wondering if it's too late to make a follow up. Good advice to wait until the timeline has passed.
Posted by: Kimra L
I don't have a comment,but a question.I recently interviewed with a company & at the end of the interview I was informed that they had just started the interviewing process & it will take about 4 months to make a decision.So, my question is...(I received a timeframe of 4 months). So when should I call?I think four months is way to long; they probably will forget about me by then.
Posted by: Ruth L
I am a Career Rep for Everest College. I often conduct workshops on this topic. Well done!!
Posted by: Linda M
I thought the information was great. I will be sure to use it in my next interview experience.
Posted by: LOUISE I
This article was very helpful.  I actually used some of the pointers and followed up on a previous interview...thank  you for the suggestions.
Posted by: Chris V
Very good.  It is good to remember that they took the time to talk/meet with you.  That makes a difference.
Posted by: debra m
you would think most people would know to do this, but today when there are so many applicants who are qualified to fill the position, we merely move on to the next posting. We should instead be of the mindset "someone is going to get this job... why not me?
Posted by: PK
One thing I'd add to this advice is that when you call back or email to follow up say something constructive.Your interview was a means for both you AND them to learn about each other. They have likely discussed what they learnt about you already, tell them what you think about them too. This increases their confidence in you and your ability to handle them. One big issue with new employees is compatibility with the existing people. If you can give them confidence with that you are halfway in already.
Posted by: Robbi M
I have been in the habit of emailing a thank you after an interview as well. It is less intrusive than a phone call. If you haven't gotten a call back a week later, you might assume that someone else got the position.
Posted by: Makisha T
Very professional and helpful"
Posted by: L P
I do follow up, especially in this economy and they are interviewing hundreds of people or alot  anyway. I always ask when they think they will  make a decision and then give it a few more days after that. This has almost never resulted in my getting selected. In my long work search history only a few times did it mean that they asked to hire me because of a phone call, usually the decision was made beforehand.
Posted by: Thomas H
Wish I had this info three year ago
Posted by: Silvana M
Phone call? No. Email, letter or card? Yes.Calling puts people on the spot and they will likely forward your call to voicemail.
Posted by: Manuel I
Thanks, all your comments have been very helpful, especially since I am scheduled for an interview next  Monday.
Posted by: Robert K
Good advice!  To make it easier...at the end of your interview ask "when would be a good time to give you a follow up call to understand where I am in the hiring process?"
Posted by: Megan C
I liked the advice on 'How to follow up after an interview".Would you approve to share this on my Linked In account?
Posted by: evan h
Great advice, especially about being ready to leave a message. I have seen selections where the hiring firm held off calling anyone. Why? Just to find out which person REALLY wanted the job. (It was a difficult role).If you get through, and get told "No, you didn't get it," then you can also ask:Could you please tell me what made the selected candidate stand out? I want to improve my chances the next time.
Posted by: Racheal A
I always send a thank you email them follow up with a call. I really want thus job I just interviewed for so I will be persistent about hearing back from the recruiter with a no or Your Hired!!
Posted by: Albertina G
Excellent information for follow- up.  I have an interview in a couple of days, and will definitely keep these instructions in mind.
Posted by: Diane C
Thanks. I will use your suggestions. I wasn't sure about calling the contact person, but now I will. Do this goes for the same as a phone interview?
Posted by: silvia m
I think they should have the simple common courtesy of calling within a reasonable amount of time to let you know either way!
Posted by: Carlos M
Thanks for the advise, it was very useful, I had the idea that calling would be too pushy, and I did not realize that it is better not to call on Mondays.
Posted by: Gwendolyn H
This was "GREAT" information thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Diantha S
Thank you for this very helpful information! I have had a few interviews and did not want to appear over anxious so I did not do a follow-up call. Now that I have read your information I know that it is professional to give the company representative a call AND a thank you note. A Thank You note is always a good idea in most situations where someone has done something to help you. So please pretend that this is a paper note card: Thank you Admin.com for your help with the interview process! Your website offers great ideas. ds
Posted by: Reis A
Personally I don't like to follow-up on an interview because it looks embarrassing to me. but now i have a new orientation.thanks.
Posted by: Shannon S
Thank you for this info.  I found it extremely helpful.
Posted by: Trent S
I've been the person that hires people in the past.  Most employers have made up their mind before you leave the interview.  If they do not call you back you are not the right person.  Typically a call back is only fair game if  a time line was given for a decision, and you were told you would hear something either way.  
Posted by: Celeste C
I always email a thank you for the interview, but I no longer call to follow up as I have had some bad experiences doing that.  One employer sounded very irritated when I called and said that he got my email and he would call me if he was interested in speaking to me again.  (He didn't.)  Another employer flat out told me that he really disliked being called by job-seekers post interview; again, he said he would call me if he had something to say to me.  So I don't think most employers look at those of us they interview as having a business relationship of any kind with them.  
Posted by: Kevin H
Good stuff...very helpful. I live in Alabama and have had two interviews with a company in Texas...they flew me out there for the second interview last week. How long should I wait before following up after a second interview, when everything was discussed except for starting date and compensation?
Posted by: Claudette B
This is excellent advice. I  changed careers after 32 years with a telecommunications organization and returned to college from which I completed Bachelor's and Master's programs. I am learning that times have truly changed and my approach to finding employment must also fit the current times. It takes practice and a more professional approach, but I'm learning.
Posted by: Mary D
If you were able to form a connection with either the Hiring Manager or HR personnel, it can benefit you greatly if you can find out why they chose another candidate over you. More times then not, if approached correctly they are more than willing to share that information, something that can help you on the next interview. I had one client that had not been on an interview for more than a decade - well qualified and a perfect paper fit, but in the interview she kept telling the interviewer what "they" accomplished as opposed to what"she" accomplished. When she didn't get the job, she followed up, politely asked if they would share the reason with her and they did. They explained that she had all the qualifications, and while they appreciated her team-work attitude, they didn't feel she had enough confidence to perform independently. This helped her a great deal and needless to say on her next interview there was a lot more of "I" instead of "We" and she is now gainfully employed.
Posted by: Kevin M
very informative and helpful Thank you
Posted by: JAMES B
This article was helpful but could have gone farther. Placing a follow up call makes sense, but what do I say to them?
Posted by: Debra R
I think this was a reminder of what I already knew about interviews and follow up. I did however learn a couple new tips.
Posted by: Shayna M
Very helpful!!!!
Posted by: Yohannes G
I believe follow up is so important.I usually make a followup mail.However, some interviewers do not reply. I will try the follow up call.
Posted by: Melisssa Kennedy
Thanks for the great comments. Always follow up, unless they tell you specifically not to. @Hannah, if your choice is to call or write it off, you aren't risking anything by calling. If they keep changing the date, you could be in the small group of people they had narrowed it down to. There's a chance that if it's taking them longer than they said to actually hire someone, the other candidates may have taken other jobs. Your call could remind them that you are a good fit and still available. If they aren't going to hire you, your call isn't going to make them not hire you more.
Posted by: Melisssa Kennedy
Thanks for the comments. @Hannah, if you're going to assume you didn't get the job, then making another call isn't going to hurt. After all, if they aren't going to hire you, then you can't hurt your chances. However, there is a chance that you were among the small group of people they were considering. If they took longer to actually hire someone, their top choices could have already found other employment. Your call might remind them that you're still available. It can't hurt.
Posted by: Janette C
I liked all the suggestions.  The information was very helpful
Posted by: Hannah V
If I haven't heard back within the time frame they have given me, I follow up with a phone call.  However after my last interview I have called twice and each time they said they would call me by a certain day.  They didn't.  They said they had more people to interview but this process has dragged out for nearly a month.  They also said they would let me know either way yet I still haven't heard back from them.  Should I give them one final call or assume I didn't get it?
Posted by: Ruth B
I do send a letter after the interview/interviews as a reminder I am interested in the position.  I do not send a letter if the interviewer was rude or insulting or I am not interested in working for them as this has happended.  I have never followed up with a phone call, but I will try that as I am presently waiting for a call back.  Thank you for the tips for after the interview.
Posted by: Nancy S
I have an interview this week; and this information has been very helpful.
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