How to Ask Interview Status: Now comes the most nerve-racking part: Did you get the job or not?
Waiting by the phone isn't time well spent, especially if you're on a diligent job search. You should keep busy looking for other opportunities instead of waiting to hear from one particular employer.
However, if your focus is on that one position you believe is ideal, every 24 hours you wait can seem like an eternity. In this case, it's a good idea to show some initiative and call the company to ask whether the hiring manager made a decision.
Enthusiasm Employers appreciate motivated job seekers. Therefore, don't be reluctant to show that you're enthusiastic about what lies ahead for your career. Granted, you sent a thank-you letter, but if you're especially interested in the job, there's nothing wrong with picking up the phone to ask if you got it.
Think positive and let your confident -- not cocky or arrogant -- attitude show in your phone call to the HR department or the hiring manager's office.
Timing Timing is everything, so they say. Recall whether the hiring manager indicated when she would make a decision and factor that into your decision as to when you should call. Otherwise, go with your intuition as far as how you feel the interview went, when you sent your thank-you letter and any other commitments the hiring manager has.
For example, if she said the company was heading toward a busy season or a hectic week, or there's a holiday involved, allow an extra day or so before you make the call. Otherwise, wait at least one full business day after she receives your thank-you letter.
If your interview was on Tuesday, and you emailed a thank-you letter Wednesday, wait until Thursday afternoon or Friday to call. Script Often, when job candidates call recruiters or hiring managers, they don't anticipate actually reaching the person on the first try.
Based on the timing of your call, you might get lucky and actually reach the hiring manager immediately. Before making the call, write a script to help you ease into your question about the hiring decision.
It will keep you from getting tongue-tied or nervous.
Practice a couple of times before you call so it doesn't sound like you're reading from a prepared statement. For example, you could say, "Good morning, Ms. This is Jane Smith. Do you have a couple of minutes?
I'm calling to follow up on our Tuesday afternoon interview. I enjoyed meeting you. Have you made a decision on the paralegal position? If the hiring manager says she's made a decision and that you will be receiving correspondence from the recruiter, that's likely an indication that the company isn't going to make you an offer.
However, even in this case, say, "Thank you for your time. I hope that you'll keep my qualifications on file for future opportunities because I've long admired ABC Company and would like to someday work for your organization.
Offer If the hiring manager says that the recruiter is preparing to make you an offer, express your appreciation for the confidence in your qualifications and ask when to expect the offer.
Also, be open to talk about availability and a convenient time to discuss the job offer. For example, you could say, "Thank you for your confidence in my qualifications and abilities.
I'm looking forward to working with you.You can also ask where you stand compared to other candidates and if the interviewer sees anything that would prevent you from getting the job. Send a Follow-Up Note A brief follow-up letter allows you to discreetly nudge the employer for a decision. The one thing we are all likely using in the job hunt is email.
Yet between cover letters, resumes, interviews, and networking, it’s easy to underestimate how this tool can help us find great opportunities.
A reader writes: I recently had an idea to email employers with a short message prior to sending in my resume. I’ve pasted it below: “My name is ____ and I am very interested in the job offer you’ve recently posted on Craigslist.
How to Write a Follow Up Email for a Job Application. After submitting an application or doing an interview it can be nerve-racking waiting to hear back, wondering how you did and what they thought of you. Communicating in the right way. Anyone who interviews job applicants usually has a list of stock questions they like to ask.
These are designed to get to know the applicant beyond what can be found on a resume. These can include questions about your strengths and weakness and questions designed to test your abilities.
Examples on how to email an employer asking if a decision has been made for the position.