Quite often it’s difficult to know whether these calls will be perceived as intrusive and pushy or passionate and keen. 99% of the time it’s the latter.
As long as you have a clear idea of what you want to say, the follow up call will improve your chances of securing employment. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule. You should wait at least five to eight business days before making the call and if you hear from the interviewer before this time, you shouldn’t make it. Also, if the prospective employer mentions at interview stage that they will be in touch on a specific day, you should always wait for this date.
If the above doesn’t apply to you then making a follow up call will demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position and reaffirm your commitment to the company. Who knows, they may even be waiting for you to call. A lot of employers wait to hear from candidates as it proves they are a self starter and pro active.
Making The Call
Be polite and begin the call by refreshing the interviewer’s memory and identifying yourself and the job you applied for. State you are looking for an update on the role. If you find out at this point that the position has been filled, be polite and thank the interviewer for considering your application. Remain interested in the company by letting the interviewer know you are still very interested in opportunities within the organisation and to keep you informed of future positions.
If you are told the decision has not yet been made, ensure you demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role and ask if there is anything else you can do to support your application. End the call politely and state you can be contacted if there are any additional questions on your application and you look forward to hearing from them.
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