When Should You Follow Up Your Job Application?
Applying for jobs and hearing nothing back, though extremely frustrating, is not exactly uncommon in this highly competitive job market we currently live in. Should you follow up your job application? Should you chase the recruiter/interviewer for feedback and if so, at what stage?
After sending your application
Not hearing back from the company after sending your application is extremely frustrating. Should you send a follow up email asking if they received your application? No. Firstly, it’s almost certain that the company DID receive your application, (for peace of mind, look out for confirmation emails after applying), and so badgering them is not going to reflect well in your direction. Secondly, the application process can sometimes take a long time so it’s important to be patient when waiting on the next step. If you have been successful then the employer will certainly contact you, no amount of emailing is going to influence their decision.
After an interview
The time after attending an interview can be a very anxious time. You find yourself obsessively checking your inbox for any updates and jumping anytime you hear the phone ring. However, once again it is important to remember to let the employer contact you, and not the other way around. Nonetheless, some people do believe it is beneficial to send a post-interview thank you letter.
After a rejection
Being rejected at any stage of the application process is very disheartening. Being rejected and offered no feedback as to why is down right infuriating, especially if you have gotten through the interview stage. If your application has been rejected early on in the process, aka you haven’t been successful in getting an interview, we would recommend not following up on the application. It is likely that the company received a large quantity of applicants and that they simply don’t have time to reply to each applicant personally. However, if you have been rejected after attending an interview but the employer hasn’t offered you any feedback, it might be a good idea to contact the employer and ask why you have been unsuccessful. Gaining feedback on your interview can be extremely valuable for your next application. Remember, keep it polite and accept the decision, but do ask if they can offer you any feedback. In the meantime, have a look at our advice on how to handle a job rejection.
In conclusion, in almost all cases it is best to wait for the employer to contact you. Emailing/calling the company to check the progress of your application might seem like a way of showing initiative, but it could come across as pestering your potential employer. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to be patient. Filtering through applicants takes employers a long time, so stay calm and wait to hear from the company.
Annabel Usher, Content Editor