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Old 12-05-2015, 02:54 AM
 
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Is following up after an interview always a bad idea? It seems like if the company really wants you, they will reach out to you and call you. But if they don't, you are seen as desperate and pushy. After following up, do the companies actually respond back that they will not be moving forward with you, or do they just flat out ignore you? In my case, I never get a response unless I'm still in the running.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:41 AM
 
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It depends on the company. We let everyone know if they have been dropped from the process regardless of whether they follow up or not. Some companies don't.
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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i send 1 follow up/thank you e-mail immediately post interview. i like to think of it as a follow-up rather than a thank you because it's more about saying "here's what i learned at the interview and now i know i'll be great for this position because x new information" rather than "thank you for interviewing me".

after that, at best you are going to remind them that they need to reject you. if they want to hire you, it's not going to slip their minds to tell you that, right? so the answer is never going to be "oh thanks for the reminder, we wanted to hire you!" - it will either be "oh whoops we hired someone else and forgot to tell you" or "we're still working on it".

i don't think it's the end of the world to follow up once, either a couple of weeks post interview or a few days after whatever timeline they've told you to expect a response within has passed. but honestly i don't think it helps anything either. i don't think people who wait patiently are seen as less interested in the job as long as they come across well in their interview, and it can be very easy to cross the line between reasonable follow-up and coming across as overly pushy.

i do think it should be considered common courtesy for employers to let people who've interviewed know if they didn't get the job. but the reality is a lot of places don't.
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Old 12-09-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Upper Darby, PA
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Is following up after an interview always a bad idea? It seems like if the company really wants you, they will reach out to you and call you. But if they don't, you are seen as desperate and pushy. After following up, do the companies actually respond back that they will not be moving forward with you, or do they just flat out ignore you? In my case, I never get a response unless I'm still in the running.
I only followed up if I received a good vibe after the interview. And that was emailing the thank you letter and calling a week or two later.
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Old 12-09-2015, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Arlington VA
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Is following up after an interview always a bad idea? It seems like if the company really wants you, they will reach out to you and call you. But if they don't, you are seen as desperate and pushy. After following up, do the companies actually respond back that they will not be moving forward with you, or do they just flat out ignore you? In my case, I never get a response unless I'm still in the running.

ALWAYS send a brief thank-you email to the interviewer(s) after your interview, highlighting your qualifications and enthusiasm for the job. Especially if the the job requires any sort of communication/writing/customer service/interpersonal skills.

A brief email is not desperate and pushy. It's a courtesy.
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Old 12-09-2015, 11:42 PM
 
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Well, I just received a job offer by following up (not counting the thank you email I sent two weeks earlier). I sent an email to the hiring manager asking about the status of the position. She told me that she had a hard time choosing the best candidate for the position, but if I was still interested she'd like to speak with me. I ended up getting a verbal offer over the phone. I am impatiently waiting for a written offer from HR.

I do think following up helped in my case because none of the candidates stood out, and because it was a relatively low skill job.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:08 AM
 
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i would be wary of a manager who is just like "eh you followed up, i guess you'll do". but if it's not a big deal career-type job, that's just fine. i got my high school library job (which i loved) that way.

i'm glad it worked out for you!
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