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Old 07-11-2013, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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During the recession and recovery we have heard may counter-points for how you get a job. I want to know if following up with companies are a good idea or if it is a bad one. You rarely see the "don't call us, we'll call you" in the postings but you often aren't given contact information for the company either and have to track it down on your own and hope you get the right person. I want to know what are people's thoughts about following up. Should we follow up or should we just sit around and wait or does it even matter?
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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It would depend on what stage of the interview process you are at. If you have sent resumes with no response, I would think that the companies are not interested and I would not follow-up. If you have interviewed and not heard back, I would follow-up based on what they said at the interview.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I had an interview,but the guy said his manager would get back to me. I'm a bit hesitant to call them again,I figure if they were interested they would call.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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If you haven't even had an interview, don't follow up. IF you have had an interview, then wait 2 weeks. Usually when a job tells me "you'll know by next week" I give them an additional week. This is why at interviews I always ask "when should I expect to hear something?"
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:59 PM
 
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If you haven't even had an interview, don't follow up. IF you have had an interview, then wait 2 weeks. Usually when a job tells me "you'll know by next week" I give them an additional week. This is why at interviews I always ask "when should I expect to hear something?"
good advice here. although if someone calls you to say someone is going to contact you to set up an interview, and then no one gets back to you, i'd follow up once a few days after you've been told to expect a call. sometimes those calls go nowhere though, so i wouldn't follow up again past that point.

i do send one follow-up/thank you e-mail after each interview. but i don't expect a response from that. otherwise, i wait from a few days to a week after they've told me to get back to them before checking in. and i only send one, very politely asking them if their timeline has changed. you definitely don't want to pester people. it very, very rarely helps and can hurt you.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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good advice here. although if someone calls you to say someone is going to contact you to set up an interview, and then no one gets back to you, i'd follow up once a few days after you've been told to expect a call. sometimes those calls go nowhere though, so i wouldn't follow up again past that point.
Yup I would do this too!
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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If you haven't even had an interview, don't follow up. IF you have had an interview, then wait 2 weeks. Usually when a job tells me "you'll know by next week" I give them an additional week. This is why at interviews I always ask "when should I expect to hear something?"
I agree good logic, same with the thank yous.

I think the issue is there are many "one-size fits all" beliefs in hiring. The fact is what works for some doesn't for others and there are others who find "bad advice" by "experts" actually works when it comes to finding jobs.
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