It’s frustrating to send in a job application and not hear back from the company. When that happens, you have two options as an applicant: continue waiting or follow up on job application. For some positions recruiters receive thousands of job applications/ resumes. There is a high chance that the recruiter might have missed your resume. So, following-up will not only highlight your job application but also it will show your interest in working with them.
Thank You Email
Dear (Interviewer Name)/Sir/Ma’am,
Thank you very much for the opportunity to interview for the position of (job title) yesterday [or today, if appropriate]. I enjoyed speaking with you, meeting other members of the staff, and the opportunity to learn more about this position. I am very interested in this position and the opportunity to join your team.
This job feels like a very good match between my skills and experience and the requirements of this job. I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process, and please let me know if I can provide additional information.
FAQs on Follow-up
How long should I wait to follow up on a job application?
You have to send a thank-you email within 24 hrs. For the follow-up, unless the job posting has indicated a specific timeline for the hiring process, it’s generally appropriate to send a follow-up email between one and two weeks after the time you applied. This allows recruiters sufficient time to review your resume, cover letter, and any other materials you have included.
Should I follow up by phone or email?
Email is the best method of reaching out to follow up because you can demonstrate how interested you are in the role but also be respectful of recruiter’s time. Never call them directly, never follow up on a job application unannounced. It’s inappropriate and aggressive, recruiters might feel you are needy.
How often should I follow up on a job application?
If you send an email and do not hear back after a week or so, you can try contacting the employer again. Rather than sending multiple email messages, locate a contact person and phone number, and follow up with a phone call.
What to Do if you don’t hear back?
After a couple of emails and calls, if you hear nothing back, it is best to start thinking about the next job opportunity. Don’t hold up your job search waiting to hear back from a hiring manager. Keep applying and moving forward while you’re waiting to hear back about interviews and job offers.
Sample Follow-up Email
Subject: Following up on Social Media Executive job application
I have applied for the position of Social Media Executive on 7th May. I am very interested in working at (company name), and I believe my skills and educational qualification would be an ideal match for this position.
Please let me know if you need any additional information is required. I can be reached at +(91) 12345 68701 or email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for your time!
Script for Follow-up Phone Call
“Hello, this is [name], and I have applied for the position of Social Media Executive. I wanted to make sure you received the application and see if there’s any additional information I can provide.”
Wait for a response. They’ll let you know if they have time to talk. Prepare with 2-3 short, specific questions or points of conversation, be brief, and follow their lead on the conversation. If they say that they’re in the preliminary stages of recruitment and going through applications, you can ask if they know a timeline of when they’ll be in touch with candidates. End the conversation saying “Thanks for your time and have a great day!”