The Do’s & Don’ts of Waiting to Hear Back About a Job

You sent in your application, you aced the initial phone call, and you conquered your in-person interview. Now for the hard part…Waiting. While you patiently await the big news, take a look at these “do’s” and “don’ts” you should keep in mind.

DO send a thank you note.

Your work isn’t done as soon as you step out of your interview — there’s still another crucial step! Your interviewer took time out of their day for you, so letting them know you’re grateful is a must. Avoid staying too generic, as well. Keep the note short and simple, but make it personal by bringing up specific parts of the interview that you enjoyed. You can also reiterate why you’d make the perfect candidate!


DO follow up if you don’t hear back.

There are plenty of reasons why you may not hear back about an offer right away, so following up doesn’t hurt! In fact, it shows you’re still genuinely interested in the role. Simply explain who you are and the position you interviewed for, and ask for an update on where they’re at in the hiring process. If you feel it’s needed, tack on some additional references and other relevant information during this follow up.


DO keep looking for jobs.

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch! You might feel like you were a total rock star during your interview, but you haven’t landed the job just yet. Maybe someone interviewed after you that hit the company’s needs just a little bit more, maybe they decided to hire from within the company, or maybe they’ve put the hiring process on hold entirely. Keep sending those applications out — you’ll land an offer soon enough!



DON’T follow up at the wrong time.

We mentioned previously that following up is totally cool, but the timing is crucial! If your interviewer told you when you’d likely hear back by, following up before that might come off as impatient. If you weren’t given a time frame, wait at least a week after your interview before following up. Also, make sure you’re only following up once — spamming the hiring manager won’t land you a job!


DON’T follow up through the wrong platform.

A phone call might seem more professional, but we suggest sticking with an email. A phone call might catch the hiring manager off guard, while an email lets them formulate a more detailed and accurate response. Additionally, avoid following up through social media — even LinkedIn!


DON’T let your emotions get involved.

Sometimes giving someone a piece of your mind is so tempting. Whether you’re annoyed you haven’t heard back yet, the hiring manager ignored your follow up email, or you feel they unfairly lead you on, it’s totally not worth getting those emotions involved. After all, it’s a small world out there, and you never know how your words will affect you down the line! Instead, bite your tongue and move on about your day.

Can you think of anything we didn’t list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!



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