After your job interview is over and you’ve sent a personalized “thank you” letter, it can be agonizing waiting for that all-important phone call. If your hiring panel stated when you would hear of their decision and the date has come and gone without hearing anything, it is perfectly reasonable to call the company. If they didn’t specify when or if they would be in touch with you, make a follow-up phone call about a week after your job interview.
Why Should You Call?
Calling to find out the status of the hiring process will help to remind the interview committee of who you are and your continued interest in the position. When phoning, make sure to speak directly with the person who interviewed you. Ask for your interviewer(s) by name. Remember to introduce yourself and tell them why you’re calling, as they may not remember who you are.
If They Haven’t Yet Reached a Decision
If you find out that the hiring process is taking longer than originally expected and no decision has yet been reached, ask if and when you may call back. Don’t make the mistake of continuing to call as this will annoy your potential employer and may also ruin your chances of landing the job. If the interviewer expresses that they will call you when they have reached a decision, make sure to find out when they expect that will be. Before ending the conversation, don’t forget to thank them for their time.
If You Didn’t Get The Job
If you’re informed that you didn’t get the job, it’s fine to ask why you weren’t awarded the job in a tactful and sincere manner. This is another important reason why the follow-up phone call is so important. The information and feedback you receive from your interviewer can be very helpful to you in future interviews. You will walk away from the follow-up call with areas that you can work on in so that future interviews will end in job offers. Before ending the conversation, make sure to thank them for their time and for considering you, as well as for providing you with helpful feedback.
If You Got The Job
If you are offered the position, congratulations! Don’t forget that you are allowed to show your enthusiasm. You should be excited! Also, don’t forget to show your appreciation to the interviewer for selecting you. Record any and all information they may provide you about start dates, department locations, dress codes, etc. as this is important information you will need to start your new position. This would also be the appropriate time to discuss contract details, salary and the like, or to set up a time when these topics can be discussed. Make sure that upon starting a new work assignment, there will be no surprises or anything left up in the air.
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