RE: follow-up call after job interview?

Subject: RE: follow-up call after job interview?
From: "Margaret Secara" <margaret -dot- secara -at- alphather -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 08:38:57 -0700

I agree with Jane, but want to add that the key word you may be needing for the archives is probably "thank you notes" (or thankyou notes). I know there was a good thread early this year--or was it early last year?--that will add to whatever advice you get now.

Maggie Secara

>>> "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com> Tuesday, July 02, 2002 >>>

Keith Cronin asks:
-----Original Message-----
Now a week has gone by with no word. I've been advising him throughout
this campaign, but here I'm torn. Should he call them, to "check in," or
would that be an annoyance? He was told there would be a thorough
background check for security reasons, which might slow down the decision
making process. With this forewarning, perhaps a follow-up call might seem
pushy. Or is it just a good way for him to show his enthusiasm?

IMO - I think I wouldn't call.

They've interviewed him. They're interested. They're not going to have let
him slip through the net after only a week. If they warned him there was a
thorough background check, this would explain the delay - and IMO, calling
early might be seen as a sign of anxiety.

The only reason I can think of for calling is if your friend gets a whiff of
another job. At this point, he could fairly call and say "Hi, X are calling
me asking for an interview, so I just thought I'd call and check how your
process was going: I really want the job YOU'RE offering, but I haven't
heard from you since...."

Of course, this is after a week. If he hasn't heard after 3 full weeks, he
could call and ask if there was a hold-up. But a week is too soon.

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