Following up in a professional way can make you stand out in a positive light by showing the employer just how interested you are in the job. If you are able to get in touch with a contact person, reaching out can help your resume get a closer look. 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 the recruiter’s time. While taking follow-up on phone call never call them directly, never follow up on a job application unannounced. It’s inappropriate and aggressive, recruiters might feel you are needy.

Follow-up Phone Call

When following up with a phone call, try early or late in the day, because people are less likely to be in meetings then. Try calling once or twice before leaving a brief message with your name and the job title you applied for. Thank the employer for their consideration, and say you’d be happy to clarify any information on your resume. Leave your phone number, so it’s handy for them to call you back.

If you reach the hiring manager, be brief and to the point. Let them know your name and what position you applied for, then ask them to please contact you if there is anything they would like you to clarify or any additional information they need. Thank them for their time and consideration, and politely ask if you can give them a phone number where they can reach you.

What to Say

When calling, tell the interviewer who you are and which position you interviewed for, and then ask if he has a few minutes to talk to you. Ask if he has made a hiring decision for the position. If he hasn’t, explain that you are still interested in the position and ask if you are still under consideration. If you are, politely ask when he expects to make the decision. If he gives you a date or says he doesn’t know, ask permission to call back a day or two after the decision date or in one week. Thank him for his time to close the call.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Call the decision-maker. Be sure to get the interviewer’s contact at the end of the interview. It’s important to talk to the person who has hiring authority or who can at least recommend you as the top candidate for the job.
  • Make a list. Create a shortlist of what you’re going to say, including your key qualifications for the job. Do keep the list brief. You’re going to be making a short and concise phone call rather than engaging in a lengthy discussion. Remind the interviewer of who you are, and of the job for which you applied. Leave a message with the following information: Your name, job title, and when you were interviewed.
  • Don’t call the interviewer multiple times. This is your one shot at making another good impression, so use it wisely. But don’t overuse it.  Do not call after your initial call unless you wait at least seven days.

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