You nailed that interview last week. Or at least you thought you did. But you’ve yet to hear back and doubt is beginning to creep in.
Should you call and just ask if you got the job? The need to know is taking over!
Stay calm. These tips will help keep you top-of-mind and allow you to follow up in a way that professionally expresses your interest in the job AND keeps you informed – without awkwardly asking point blank, “Did I get the job?”
- Reach out in a week. Calling or emailing immediately after the interview or calling every day for an update can come across as desperate, and let’s face it, annoying. A week is a good amount of time to wait before following up. And don’t be afraid to check in or you will seem as indifferent and disinterested in the job!
- Inquire about the follow-up process. If you forgot to ask about “next steps” once your interview concluded, keep that in mind for any future interviews and ask about it when you next speak to your interviewer or point of contact. Knowing what the hiring process looks like and what to expect can help ease a lot of worries! You can politely ask if they have made a hiring decision or inquire where they are in the hiring process. Professionalism is key.
- Thank your interviewer for their time and state your excitement about the position. Call or email – whichever they recommended. Acknowledge that you appreciate the fact that they took time out of their busy day to meet with you; it demonstrates not only graciousness but respect for their time. Express your genuine interest in the opportunity.
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Be proactive and continue your job search while you wait to hear back. That may have been a fantastic opportunity, but you may find something better.
Hiring processes vary from company to company and some companies are faster at making an onboarding decision than others. And, sadly, sometimes no response IS a response. Stay positive and don’t give up, but above all, be professional. Your level of professionalism is going to play a critical role in the process.
Consider partnering with a staffing firm on your search. Recruiting agencies are well-connected and could help you find a job you love in an industry you want to work in.
Don’t hesitate to contact the experienced recruiting team at Masiello. We strongly encourage you to reach out to us and tell us about your goals, need and expectations. At Masiello, we listen, we learn, and we are committed to providing the best opportunities possible to job seekers. Let us help!