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Interview Tips

How Long to Wait Before Following Up After a Career Job Interview


Deciding how long to wait before following up on a job interview by giving your interviewer a call isn’t a life or death decision, but it’s still an important one every job applicant needs to make.

A good rule of thumb is to wait no longer than 10 days following the interview before making the call. The exceptions would be if you know that the company will hire for the position you want in a shorter time frame, or that they will be accepting applications until a specified date farther away than 10 days.

Practicing what you will say to your interviewer before you call is a good idea. A little practice can work wonders in the confidence level in your voice, and that’s important.  Even if you desperately want the job and are cared you’ll never find another as good, do NOT sound desperate! Few things are as off-putting as desperation.

Keep your follow up phone conversation professional and low key. Tell the interviewer you are following up on the interview to see if there is any additional information the company would like you to provide. It’s also permissible to inquire when the hiring decision will be made.

Finally, if it’s already been made and the company didn’t choose to hire you, it’s permissible to politely explain that you want to do everything possible to become successful, then ask for some input on why you didn’t make the final cut.


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