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Too much follow up; How to avoid it

You have definitely heard that you have to follow up with the employer after the interview. You follow up with him in order to thank him for his time, you refresh his memory on how applicable you are for the opening position and you demonstrate to him how valuable you are for the job. You must know that there is a thin line between being a burden and getting what you hoped for by following up.


Employers want to know that you are thinking about the job and that you are interested and enthusiastic to work for them, but you have to be careful how you follow them up because you don't want to look desperate or disrespectful. In this article you will discover how and why you should avoid too much follow up.

One thing that you have to remember is to keep the follow up thank you letter. Write a short and professional letter to thank the hiring manager for his time and consideration. You can also add that you are available to forward anything else in order to help him in the hiring process. In the follow up letter you can add a reference about the interview and can demonstrate in a sentence or two why you are the best candidate for the job. By doing so, the manager will make the connection between the follow up letter and the interview. It might be easier for him to remember you if you use this trick.

You have to listen to what the employer says. For example, if he says in response to your follow up letter or at the end of the interview that you will be notified, you have to expect their call. Don't pressure them by checking the job status thorough weekly mails or calls. The hiring managers will definitely call you if they are interested in you, so all you have to do is wait. If you don't respect the company's need to contact you, it might result in you losing the job for being too persistent. Hiring managers have many tasks and responsibilities to perform daily, so if you are permanently checking on the job you will make their job more difficult.

Make sure that after the interview you pay attention at what are the best ways to contact the employer and try to do so, but only once or twice over the course of two weeks. If you think that the more direct you are when checking for a job, the better it is, you are wrong. Try not to call the hiring managers as a follow up way, because they are usually very busy. The best thing is to contact business executives and hiring managers by e-mail. That is why before contacting them you have to know which follow up method they prefer, so that you don't make mistakes. If for example they say that they prefer to be contacted by e-mail but you call them, they will think that you are disrespectful and desperate and you certainly don't want that.

Many applicants are very anxious to find if they got the job after the interview. They often turn this excitement into a lot of pressure for the hiring managers with all the follow up calls and e-mails. Use this article as a guideline and try to be respectful and patient when it comes to the follow up methods.

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