When Should I Send a Follow-Up E-Mail?

November 17th, 2015

If you’ve interviewed for a position or job you really want, you’re most likely going to send a follow-up e-mail. But, when’s the best time to do that? Depending on the circumstances of the interview and your role, that answer is going to be different for every person. Here are our pointers about when you should send a follow-up e-mail:

How Did You Leave the Interview?

Sometimes, interviewers will tell interviewees that they’ll be in touch within a few days. If this is the case, you should wait until that length of time passes before you send your follow-up e-mail so the interviewer doesn’t get annoyed by you. If that length of time has passed and you still haven’t heard anything, wait 1-2 more days and follow up with them at that point. If the interviewer didn’t mention anything about following up, you should determine first if the position is time-sensitive.

Is the Position Time-Sensitive?

If the position is time-sensitive, you should send your follow-up e-mail with enough time for them to make a decision and train you on the new position. This will vary from instance to instance, but you will need to use your common sense. If a position starts on Monday and you still haven’t heard back from the employer by Thursday, of course it’s fine to send them an e-mail asking if you would be starting on Monday.

Has it Been More Than a Week?

If it has been more than a week and you still haven’t heard anything from your interviewer, you should probably follow up with them. People get busy, and a week is a good amount of time that isn’t obnoxious but also shows you’re still interested in the job. No matter how you do it, you want to make sure that you are persistent, but not annoying about it. Having too much or not enough persistence could easily cost you the job, so use your common sense and balance it out however you see fit.

By sending a follow-up e-mail, you are once again asserting how interested you are in that particular position. If you are in need of positions to interview for, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to suggest job openings for you that would be a good fit for your unique skillsets and qualification level.

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