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How to Make your Job Follow-Up Effective and not Desperate

Monday, 17 February 2014
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A job follow-up can be powerful when done efficiently. How and when you follow-up can affect the prospective employerÔÇÖs opinion about you. Find out how you can do it right.


Our previous article focused on the significance of a follow-up in elevating your job performance and the strategic points of time to do it. In this article, we see how to do a follow-up the right way to fetch positive results.


How to Follow-Up after Job Application

  • Wait for at least a week after submitting your resume to follow-up. Avoid a follow- up if the recruiter has already given you a timeline for expecting a call or contact from the company.
  • Send an email to the recruiter if you havenÔÇÖt been given any timeline or if the timeline has passed. Reiterate your interest for the position and how you can add value to it.

    Enquire if the recruiters need any clarification on details presented in your resume. Inform them about any new professional developments on your end that can add more value to your resume.

    Enquire about the status of your job application. Find out if you would receive an email or a phone call informing you of the status. Ask for a timeframe within which the company expects to get back to you.

    Keep your email to the point and send a clean error-free copy.

  • Consider using online professional networks such as LinkedIn to leave a query for the recruiter instead of an email.


Follow-Up after Interview

  • Request for business cards of your interviewers (people who youÔÇÖll be reporting to if selected) during the interview. Enquire politely if you can get in touch with them if need be. Create thus an opportunity to contact your interviewers directly instead of the human resources section for your follow-up.
  • Wait a day after the interview to send an email. Express your thanks to the recruiter (HR executive) or interviewer (if you manage to get the contact details of the interviewer). Brief about the insights that you were able to garner from the interview.
    Explain how your skills and experience can create value for the role; give specific examples, if possible, based on job requirements and pain points discussed during the interview.

    Reiterate your contact details.

  • Make it easier for the recruiter/ interviewer to instantly identify that the email relates to job selection process with a clear subject line.
  • Include some value for the email reader, especially if you are contacting the interviewer directly. Include an article on your industry or details of an industry seminar, which you think would be of interest to the interviewer.

    Take the opportunity to add any new details regarding developments in your professional life (e.g. completion of industry-related educational program, induction into an industry association, etc.).

    Indicate this inclusion in the email subject line to generate interest in the reader.

  • Go for a phone call if you havenÔÇÖt received a reply even after 10 days of sending your email. Gently remind the recruiter/ interviewer that you had sent an email. Get to know if the receiver missed it.

    Enquire about the status of your interview. Use the opportunity to share details that you mentioned in your email. Respect the receiverÔÇÖs time by being brief with your details. Thank him or her and find out when you could expect an update on your interview status.

  • Contact the recruiter/ interviewer again only if he or she has specifically asked you to do so. Avoid the risk of being viewed as desperate by calling up several times.
  • Use the opportunity to network with the recruiter/ interviewer even if you donÔÇÖt end up with the job.


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