Waiting for Their Call (Part 1)

by sysop in Acing the Interview, Applying for a Job

by Kristina Burroughs

Ask this question and you will get a wide variety of answers: how often should job seekers follow up with a recruiter?  There really is a fine line, and it is hard to tell when too much persistence can actually hinder your progress to landing the job. Many reasons are possible for the lag time between responses from an organization; and that’s why one follow up email, call, or note is enough! Following up every day is not only unproductive; it can be a nuisance and potentially taint the interviewer’s or recruiter’s perception of you.

Let your yes be yes! If you are interested in the role, then follow up appropriately no more than once every other week to confirm your continued interest in the position. Recruiters won’t forget that! Every organization is different and the recruiter is your advocate for the job. Trust that he or she will pace the process accordingly.

If you are thinking ‘why is this taking so long?’ Here are a few reasons why the interview process may draw out:

  • There are more candidates than just you! It is quite a challenge to coordinate multiple job candidates with the appropriate hiring managers. This can take a week or two – or longer.
  • Hiring managers are typically juggling other organizational responsibilities and may not be timely in their response to their recruiters. Recruiters like to follow up with candidates when they have an action item. A call with no “new” news may not be very helpful to you.
  • Timing is everything, with many factors at play such as organizational holidays, vacations, and budgets. You may be the right candidate, so trust that the recruiter will be your advocate for the job – and keep you in the running – when the timing is right.

These are just a couple of reasons why the hiring process can feel so lengthy.  However, if you stick with the basics and follow up periodically, you will let the recruiter know you are still interested – without leaving a negative impression.