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Ask Savvy: Is It Too Late to Follow-Up After My Interview?

Dear Savvy,

I interviewed for a job nearly two weeks ago. I thought the interview went very well, but I haven't yet heard back. I sent thank-you notes to the HR Director, as well as to the hiring manager. The hiring manager actually responded to my email with "we'll be in touch." Now that two weeks have passed, should I assume they chose someone else, should I stay patient, or should I follow-up?

Unfortunately I did not think to ask them about their hiring process and time-line during the interview. If I follow-up, what would be appropriate? Asking if I'm still being considered or if they would like more information? And should I follow-up with both individuals I spoke with? I'm seeking advice because I'm afraid my desperation to land this job is outweighing my good judgment!

See my answer when you

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It sounds like you're aware of this interview tip, but I'll remind you anyway: If this position doesn't work out remember that at the end of your next interview, you should ask when they are looking to make a decision. That would remove any uncertainty about when would be appropriate to follow-up. Let's stay optimistic though, because two weeks of no contact does not mean that your opportunity has been swooped up by another applicant.

My recommendation is to respond to the hiring manager's email that told you she would be in touch. It isn't uncommon for the hiring process to take a couple weeks or more, especially during the Summer months when many of the decision makers are on vacation. Write a message that is friendly but professional and say something along the lines of this bare bones example. Short and sweet is best!

Name of hiring manager,

I hope that you've been enjoying the start of Summer and are doing well. I'm wondering where you are in the process for filling (name the position you're hoping for) as I am still very interested in working with (name the company). Thank you for taking the time and I look forward to your response.

Best,
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goatimpact goatimpact 7 years
That is great advice but is emailing preferable to calling? I would much rather email but I've had friends recommend calling. Do HR people feel differently about one than the other?
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
This is always uncomfortable. Perfect advice from savvy, go w/ that. I shall also use it when needed!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Agreed!!! Great advice Savvy!!! I wish the poster luck.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
great advice
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 8 years
Agreed, Savvy! Follow up with the person that you've been in contact with, and ask about their timeline.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Many companies take a lot longer to fill positions now. I would definitely follow-up. While you may be in a hurry there is a lot of red tape they have to follow in the hiring process.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
Great tip, Savvy! I have interviewed before and then given up hope, only to be called back for a second interview a month later. Good luck!
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
Excellent advice. The same thing happened to me with my current job. I interviewed and then didn't hear anything for almost a month. I sent the HR manager an e-mail follow up and was called back in for a second interview. It turns out the person they hired instead of me had a criminal record so they had let her go. My e-mail came just as they were preparing to start their search again and it help remind them I had interviewed. I was hired 2 days later and I have been year for nearly 2 years.
geebers geebers 8 years
Great response from Savvy- I actually had a similar situation - I interviewed and didn't hear for 4 weeks- then was called back for another interview and offered the job in one week. So don't lose hope. I also responded to a VERY similar email you received just as savvy indicated.
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