Following up on Job Applications
The most dreadful step in the job hunt process is the follow-up after the interview. Logically, most HR managers understand that all applicants will be eager to find out where they stand after submitting a job application or conducting an interview. Remember that the process of hiring can take some time and every now and then applicants may not hear back at all. If your contact clearly wishes that you do not contact them after the interview, hold back on being too eager. However, if you are given an email or phone number after your interview, there are a few different things you can do to follow up on a job application.
Follow up with a Call
This is the bread and butter of interviewing — follow up with a call. According to Terri Deems, co-author of Make Job Loss Work for You , one e-mail or phone call is a suitable way to follow up with the hiring manager to reiterate your interest in the job. Terri’s number one choice is a phone call placed two or three days after submitting the application, preferably between 6 AM and 8:15 AM (if within business hours).
The trick is not coming off as a pest to the hiring manager. When you’re ready for the follow-up, practice ahead of time so you’re prepared for the call and use a friendly, casual tone. Also, trying staying enthusiastic without seeming desperate. A great example is as follows: “I submitted an application for the ____ position three days ago, and just wanted to inquire if you would like or need any additional information. Also, I want to restate my interest in the _____ position; I think I am a great match, and I’d like to talk with you about this opportunity at your earliest convenience.”
Research the company’s social media platforms and websites to learn more about the company. “Like” the company’s Facebook page and interact with the posting to show your excitement towards their establishment. Follow their Twitter feed, making sure to answer questions when they tweet showing your knowledge about their workplace culture. Use LinkedIn to make connections with others in the company as appropriate. Be careful not to connect with an HR manager you have not met before or that does not know you; that may send the wrong message.
Send a Thank You Note
Sending a thank you note will improve your first impression and reiterate your interest in the position. Often, this is as simple as sending an email to your interviewer, though sometimes a handwritten note is more personal and thoughtful. You’ll have to determine this on your own based on the company and their values and company culture. Take cues from the employer connections you have had to date. If you have communicated via text or email, you can follow that format in follow up communication as well. The key is to follow the lead of the company contacts you meet and communicate accordingly throughout the process. Especially if you plan on sending a letter instead of an email, write your thank you note right away. To learn more about the do’s and don’ts of professional thank you notes, visit job-hunt.org for tips.
Lastly, remember never to get too invested in one job until it is concrete. You may feel you finally found your dream job, but don’t stop searching. Follow-ups are an expected part of the application process, so try not to feel as if you are being a bother to the HR manager. Stay positive about your potential new job, but don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and don’t give up if it doesn’t work out. There are plenty of other opportunities available!