/ Asked by Michael
I recently had a great interview with a prospective employer. Within 20 minutes of sending the recruiter a thank you email, I received a call from him telling me that everyone that I met with liked me and the conversations that he has been positive. It has been four days since that conversation took place. How long should I wait to follow up on that conversation with the recruiter?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, February 6, 2014
That’s great that the interview seemed to go so well! If this is a company of interest to you, then this is something you should definitely pursue. Did the recruiter say when you should expect to hear back from them? If so, allow it to get to that date. If after a couple of days from that time you haven’t heard, then definitely reach out to them to see where they stand. If they didn’t give you a timeframe, I would suggest allowing a full way to pass from the date of the interview and then touch base with them. Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 7, 2014
The time frame in which you should follow-up depends on what, if anything, the interviewer told you during the interview.  If they said that they hope to have a decision in two weeks, for example, then follow-up with them shortly after two weeks has passed.  If they did not specify a time frame, I think it is reasonable to follow-up with the interviewer a week to 10 days after the interview took place.  For the first follow-up, I would recommend an e-mail.  If they do not respond to you within another week, follow-up with a phone call.  The key is to find that balance where you are sending the message to the employer that you are very interested in the position, but not annoying them.  Keep in mind that it is quite common for other priorities to come up for the interviewer(s), forcing the hiring process to the back burner.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, February 17, 2014
Congratulations on the successful interview. A common question applicants ask at the end of the interview is about the employer’s timeframe for next steps. If you asked that then let the answer dictate how soon you follow up. If the employer said they intend to have a decision in a week (or two or five, etc) then you should feel comfortable following up after that amount of time has elapsed. If timeframe for next steps wasn’t covered then I’d recommend giving it a week.
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
When that initial call happens, you should ask the recruiter for a timeline, ask when should you expect next steps and when should you follow up. If you did not initially set up a time frame, wait one week and call. If during that call you do not get told any next steps, set up a schedule for following up.
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