After an Interview: Can Weekly Follow Up Calls and Emails Help Get You the Job?

Short answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

People wonder what to do after the job interview . I just read a recent comment from one of my readers who said “I still haven’t heard back from them after my job interview and they stopped answering my weekly follow up calls and emails so I just assume they don’t want me. I think that’s rude not to respond to me, but oh well. I will continue applying for more things!”

Of course my heart goes out to her, but I almost jumped out of my skin when I read how often she was following up with both phone calls AND emails after the job interview.  I get she was just eager to know “Did I get the job?”, but there’s good reason not to do what she was doing. What you do after an interview can count as much as before or during!

While I well understand the agony of waiting to hear back after the interview – and do love her positive attitude about moving on to look for the right job – I worry some of you, including this reader, may actually hurt yourself badly with an overly zealous approach. Bugging a potential employer week after week – no matter how wonderful a hire you might be – is not going to get you the job.  In fact, too many phone calls or e-mails can totally turn off the very people in the company you want to impress.

Avoid weekly follow-up calls and emails after an interview

Sending all those e-mails and making all those phone calls does not help your case with the company – and in fact only irritates HR folks and other hiring managers, many of whom have inboxes full of e-mails all demanding immediate attention. An occasional polite post-interview e-mail or phone call can be a good thing…but after that, believe me…if they are interested, they’ll remember you!

Unless you have something you absolutely need to tell them or maybe a new Pulitzer Prize you just won and want them to know about…less is more is a pretty good rule to follow when it comes to contact after the interview. And if they aren’t getting back to you – as annoying as that can be – just assume they have a good reason and do your best to focus on other things…like continuing to look for a great job!

(If you are waiting to hear back, you might find some helpful hints here: 12 Ways to Stay Sane After a Job Interview)

What about phone calls or email before an interview?

Speaking of following up…here’s a post from Kerry over at Clue Wagon that generated some great discussion. Basically, she tells us be wary of online experts who advise us to call or email after sending a resume (before any interview):

Calling to Follow Up? Hand Me a Fork.

(Kerry, a former HR person, is not one to mince words you’ll notice.)

Seriously…unless you have a contact there or a very good reason to call or are in an industry where this is ok  (as Kerry also advises in 3 (Possible) Exceptions to the Do-Not-Call Rule), you are probably not helping yourself one bit by calling before an interview to follow up on your resume. Employers sometimes get a hundred or more resumes for one job posting. Believe me…they do not want a hundred or more calls or e-mails for each job they post! (Hmmm…maybe we should call anyone who suggests you do that?)

Of course, for every rule there are exceptions. And I will admit I may have helped myself get to a couple of interviews by using the send-resume-then-make-polite-follow-up-call technique – but then again, it may have been my particular circumstance. And I also might have gotten there anyway based solely on my resume and strong cover letter. (That’s what a good cover letter is for.)   So please…if you do try this, just tread gently.

Nuff said.

So what’s your take on how often to follow up AFTER an interview? How have you handled your own post-interview follow-ups?

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About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.


  1. Josh Waldrop says:

    I had a job interview. Nov 14, 2012 the interview went fine and I sent a thank you email the day after the interview. A followup email Monday of this week still have not heard anything from them. Should I follow up again with another email or a phone call at a later time, or just wait see if I hear back from them?

    • I’m in the same position, Josh. I’m just waiting it out wondering what to do. I guess in the meantime, the hunt continues! Good luck!

    • Josh,

      As hard as it is, I’d recommend waiting over following up again now. Keep an eye out for other opportunities as you wait to hear back — you never know what will happen.

      All the Best,

  2. I’m waiting too. Interview was on 11/27, thank you email sent 11/29. At the end of the interview she said it’ll be 2-3 weeks for them to see other candidates (I was the first). So I’m eager waiting, will follow up for the first time on 12/10. Good luck everyone!

  3. Hi Chandlee,

    I recently read a pretty good book by Donald Asher, called Cracking the Hidden Job Market. He recommends you occupy your future employer’s mental space every week to ten days after an interview. He suggests sending rotating media: send an email one week, send a postcard or letter the following week, leave a voicemail message the third week, then start all over again.

    His reasoning is that most candidates self-select out of the process before the employer dings them and that staying alive is critical to getting job offers.

    Wondering why you disagree?



    • Hi Jim,

      Donald Asher is a very respected and smart guy. I think the key to regular follow-up — if you choose to do it — is to do it in such a way that you look engaged rather than desperate. If, for example, you can find a newspaper article that relates to the company or something that was discussed — that adds value to the employer potentially…If on the other hand, you simply say “did you make your decision yet” every week — that doesn’t reflect as positively on your candidacy (in my humble opinion).

      Good luck and keep us posted.

      All the Best,

  4. I went in for a job interview and spent an our and forty minutes in the interview. I was told that I was the “perfect” candidate and that he was everything he was looking for and wasn’t sure he would find! I got the feeling no one else responded, but I am not 100% sure of that. I felt the interview went well, and told me that he would like to get together the following week to meet with him and the owner of the company. When it came to compensation, I told him what i was looking for and he asked that I send him different compensation scenarios (basically they want to give some sort of weekly salary, but they also want you to help sell their services and from that you can get a percentage, but that is risky as you don’t know how many people will sign up). I sent him four different options, but also indicating I was very flexible. He also wanted to know the types of services I could create, a brief description of each, and the dates and times I would offer them through their business. He asked I send it all to him that weekend and I did. Well, a day after I sent everything I saw that the job had been posted again on a job site. I received no response to my first email with all of the information and documents he wanted so after a couple days I sent him a follow-up email just to make sure he received everything and for when he wanted to schedule that meeting, if he was still interested.
    Absolutely no response. Even a quick acknowledgement saying that he received everything, but needed time to review everything would have been suffice but still as of today, nothing.
    This has been very disheartening and honestly, I don’t care how busy everyone is, these employers are forgetting common courtesy! Don’t get our hopes up when jobs are few and far between, asking us to jump through hoops to give you the information you want, but then leave us hanging afterwards. He could have easily sent a quick email, rather than call as it is easier to hide behind email, but to not to respond at all?
    I know people get a lot of emails, but when people respond to an ad, as an employer you need to respond. Period. It is the right thing to do, but nowadays people don’t seem to be that interested in doing that anymore.

    • Jenny,

      I understand. I had interview back Nov sent a thank you email next day, follow up email two weeks after that and a phone call to the person who interview me told me they were still.interviewing people for the postion. Now the has been fill. I agree with you about what you said about not about a quick responds. They said they would noifty when they made a choice either way after I call them and nothing.

      Good Luck,


    • Oh Jenny,

      I am so sorry to hear of your experience. It is the holiday season and often people do spend more time out of the office at the end of the year.

      I would not give up hope until after the new year. Often hiring takes time — there are sign-offs that need to be given inside a company as well as other business on the desk.

      Hang in there, enjoy the holidays and keep up your search. Ultimately, you want to feel comfortable that the company you sign on with is one that you like and will enjoy working with.

      Good luck and all the best,

  5. I had an interview on Dec. 21st which went very well and I sent a follow up email afterwards. At that time I was told that if I was selected for the second round of interviews that I would be sent a personality profile to complete, which I received on the 26th. I still haven’t received a call/email with a date and time for the second interview. Since this all took place around the holidays, should I send another follow up email letting them know that I am still interested in the position or should I just wait?


    • Melissa,

      I recommend waiting a week then following up again. In the interim, keep applying for other positions.

      Good luck and all the very best,

  6. Hi Chandlee,

    I have a bit of a different situation in that I was interviewing for a legal internship for the Summer. The application period for Summer positions begins extremely early as you can tell. I interviewed with my dream organization on December 13th. The interviewer told me that they’d let me know hopefully by the end of the year. She also said to email her if I had other offers and needed to know sooner. I waited it out and didnt hear a thing. I had another interview this week for a job I’m not as into. I emailed the interviewer and asked if I was still being considered and if there was any more info she needed. I told her I’d been talking with other orgs but that this was still my first choice. I haven’t heard anything and now it’s the weekend so I’m worried my email will be forgotten. I’m
    not sure what to do and whether I should follow up again. I may need to let the other organization know next week whether I accept their offer. Lawyers are busy people and since the Summer is so far off she likely isn’t too much of a rush- that or I didn’t get the job. I don’t want to be a pest, but i also don’t want to miss out on another opportunity if I don’t get this job. At the same time, I’d hate to accept a different position and then find out I got this job and have to rescind my acceptance.

    • Suzanne,

      When you get an actual job offer — not an interview — call (don’t email) the company back and let them know of your continued interest in the job and of your pending offer. Make it clear when you need to provide a decision.

      Good luck,

  7. Hi Chandlee,

    I got a SECOND interview for a senior management position on January 9th, and the same week they sent me a personality test that I completed and sent back. Of course after that 2nd interview I had sent them a thank you email.

    Late last week (Friday January 18th) I called HR to follow up. And the HR Manager told me that I was in the final selection with another candidate which is very good news. Additionally he told me that he would enquire that same day with the hiring manager. However I still have not heard anything.

    Should I send the hiring manager today (ie we are now 10 business days after the second interview) a follow-up email to enquire and reconfirm my interest for the position, or should I wait till next week?

    What would be your advice?
    Thank you.

    • Pascal,

      I’d recommend calling the hiring manager directly and not using email. If you want a direct response, reach out directly — hopefully you will get the answer you are looking for.

      Good luck and all the best,

    • Hi Pascal,

      I’d wait until at least Wednesday or Thursday to follow-up — and keep looking in the interim. You are unlikely to get them to speed up there decision making process on the basis of your work and I’d recommend working to avoid looking desperate if possible.

      Good luck and all the best,

  8. Good Morning,
    On January 4th I had an interview with the person who would be my boss and the CFO.
    The interview went over 2 hours long and the following Monday I received an email to
    to schedule a time to meet with other members of the team. On January 10th I had the second
    interview and the hiring manager said they will contact me next week. On January 17th I sent the hiring
    manager an email inquiring about the job and she replied within 5 mins. She thanked me for my
    patience, said they are tying up loose ends and had several meetings last week. She also said they
    will contact me soon.

    Does it sound like I have the job- what should I do ?

    Confused/ Jennifer

  9. I had a phone interview last Tuesday. It went well Director told me out of 75+ candidates that they had got down to a handful. He didn’t have any question for me during interview only wanted to hear the questions I had. Explained everything I would be doing and used “you would” a bunch. At the end of interview I was told they could no something by the end of the week but It also could be a long process. He ended with I will be talking with you soon. I sent a thank you email the following day. It has been a week and a day and I haven’t heard anything. Should I send a follow up email?

    • Hi Jeff,

      I’d wait a few more days, maybe 2 weeks since your last contact before reaching out again. It could be the “long process” is what is happening, so don’t bug them.

      And keep looking elsewhere for a job!

      Good luck!

    • Jeff,

      You could certainly follow up soon to let them know of your continued interest in the position, but it’s rare that an employer will speed up the hiring process based on the follow-up alone.

      I’d recommend looking at other jobs in the interim as you wait to hear back.

      Good luck and all the best,

  10. Good evening,
    I had a phone interview with three hiring officials (two in the location of the job itself, and one higher-up in another state) a little over three weeks ago, and didn’t feel that it went so well ( it was my first interview, and the conference call format felt unnatural). However, the next week my references were contacted one by one, and I even emailed back and forth with the main hiring official regarding his difficulty in contacting one of my references (this was a week and a day following the interview). Twelve days post-interview, I received a call from the main hiring official informing me that it was taking a bit longer than they had thought, and asking me for a possible start date. That question came ten days ago, and even though I sent a polite email inquiring into the status of the position three days ago, I have heard nothing. I would love to hear your opinion on the situation, and I appreciate having a place to vent about the frustration this delay is causing.

    Thank you,

    • Aaron,

      I recommend you call the official you spoke with towards the end of next week. Don’t leave a voicemail if you want a direct and immediate response. I would not rule out the position yet, but I’d also keep looking.

      Good luck,

  11. Hello Chandlee, I applied online for a position (Job A) in early October while employed. I did not hear back and subsequently accepted another offer and began work in early December. Job A called for a phone interview in late December & said they had received 200 apps. It took them 2+ months to narrow it to 12 for a phone interview.

    They requested a portfolio, which I sent in mid-January. They flew me out for an on-site interview in early February & said there were 3 other candidates, but they may be hiring for 2 positions. I had a panel interview with the division director, the team manager, and a team member (I think it went well, but it’s hard for me to tell these things), followed by lunch with the group and a VP. Again, seemed to go well.

    They have proceeded with the reference check and employment/education verification. I’m somewhat concerned that they asked each reference for a secondary reference, and one reference provided as a secondary someone I worked with for 6 months … 22 years ago! I hope this is not held against me if they cannot contact him or if he finds the request for a reference somewhat bizarre.

    I received an email from the hiring manager last Monday, Feb. 11, saying that candidates should expect to hear by the end of the week what their job status is. I have yet to hear anything. Should I be concerned that — after all that — I finished out of the running for Job A?

    Thank you for your thoughts.

    • I would not consider yourself out of the running yet. By my calculations, they are only a few days late at best. If you want, follow up, let them know of your continued interest, and offer to provide additional information should they have need of it.

      Good luck and all the very best,

      • Chandlee, that you for the advice. Job A may have had President’s Day as a holiday (my current job does not). I did send a followup document that I had mentioned during my onsite interview, and the hiring manager sent me a friendly reply thanking me. Hope lives on!

        Best, Serena

  12. Hi Chandlee,

    I applied for a position with an extremely fast-growing organization and had a phone interview on January 9th. Upon completion of the interview, the recruiter told me he was not going to recommend me for the original position to which I applied. However, he felt I might be a good match for a couple of other positions he would be recruiting for in the future. I checked the company website regularly for postings and saw one of the positions listed. I applied via their website, and then sent him an email on January 18th notifying him of my application and sending an updated resume. I received a reply January 22nd thanking me for my message and informing me he would be tied up the rest of the week with a company-wide conference. He also said he would share my message with the hiring manager but likely not until the following week due to the company event. Having not heard anything, I sent a follow-up email on February 5th – still no response. I am debating whether or not to send another quick note or continue to wait. I know the company is inundated with applications on a daily basis. I want to come across as interested and engaged, but definitely not annoying. Would it be appropriate to follow-up again?

    Thank you!

    • Autumne,

      I think you’ve done all that you can do with this particular contact. Does the company have a Twitter presence? If yes, I encourage you to follow them on Twitter, and send an @reply (similar to a postcard) saying something nice about the company and showing your continued interest in learning about opportunities there. Over 54% of recruiters use Twitter to recruit — and since your message will be public, there’s a decent chance that they will reply to you and follow you back.

      You can then take it from there.

      All the Best,

  13. Hi Chandlee,

    I had an interview on January 18, 2013 that I believe went very well. I sent a thank you email within several hours of leaving the office, as well as a handwritten note the following week. At the end of the interview, I was told that they would be interviewing candidates up until the end of the month, and that I should hear back shortly after that. When I had not heard anything by February 7th, I sent a quick follow-up email letting them know of my continued interest and asking if there was any update on the position. The hiring manager got back to me within hours, and informed me that they were almost done with the first round of interviews and that they would connect back with me in the next few days. It was been two weeks since our last contact, and I have still not heard anything. Is it appropriate to send another follow-up email? I have been told by several employees that the company is very slow-moving in terms of hiring, and sometimes forgetful in following up as promised. Thanks for your help, I very much appreciate it!

    • Bailey,

      If you haven’t heard back by mid-week, follow-up again nicely by phone. But make sure you are also applying to other positions in the meantime as well. Often hiring decisions are beyond your control inside the company — it’s good to have as many options as possible.

      Good luck and all the best,

  14. Hi Chandlee,

    My story is quite a bit long, but I can’t find a similar situation as I have over the net.

    I did an interview on Jan 10th. The company president was the interviewer. During the interview, the president reviewed my resume and asked me few questions and said that department “A” has a suitable position for me, then he called up the department A supervisor to join the interview. They discussed what I needed to do and asked me how much I wanted to get pay. Once we both agreed the salary, then I told them I can start working from Feb 10th. The president wrote down a brief offer and position title and forwarded it to the service support manager, then he asked me to process the pre-employment works first. I hand-shaked with the president, and he responded me, ” Welcome on board!” I leave the room and the receptionist took care the rest.

    The receptionist asked my ID and the license for the position to make copy, then she handed me the direction to take the drug test. She asked me go immediately for the drug test, and told me that she will get me back couple days later once the result is there. She didn’t ask me to sign anything. Then I leave the office and drove to the drug test center and got it done. I sent a Thank You email to the president right after the drug test.

    There was no call after couple days later, I just let it go and waited until middle of next week. I called the service support, and the lady, I believed is the service support manager said that she got no result yet, and will get me back once it arrive. I believed and for sure I will passed the drug test, and there was no MRO call me neither, so I assumed I passed. Since then, I didn’t follow up neither email nor call because my friend told me that it could take some times.

    I waited until the Feb arrived and emailed to the president about my interest in the job and remind him I can start working for them on Feb 10th. Surprisly, I received his call within an hour, and said he will forward this email to the service support manager, and will set up the process for me then will get me back. I was so happy and excited that he called me back. However, two weeks after that call and has been approached Feb 10th, still no call from them. So I this time made a phone call to the president on Feb 13th and told him that my interest once again, then he responded me that he will talk to the service support manager about this tomorrow and told me the same old “will get you back.”

    Today, Feb 20th, still no call from them. I have already start applying for new opportunities. Nevertheless, that company is the perfect company that I would love to start with. Chandlee, would you give me some suggestions? Should I call back again? When should I do? What should I tell/ask them this time?

    Sorry for the long story. Thank you for the reading and respond, and good luck for everyone.


    • Hi Wilson,

      Oh how frustrating. I wish I could tell you that this was the first time that I have heard a story like this, but I can’t. I don’t know that there’s anything you can do beyond going ahead and applying for other positions as you wait to hear back from them. Unfortunately, there are often many kinks in hiring processes that take a while to sort through. This may be the case in what you’ve experienced.

      You can follow up again, but given that you’ve already done so twice — I’d recommend you wait a bit to do this. You don’t want to look desperate.

      If they completely fail to follow-up, I may view it as a bullet dodged. If that has been your experience so far, you may have other areas of frustration later if you do work for them.

      Good luck,

  15. Hi I had a interview friday with four different supervisors of a company. During the interview they ask my questions like do I like sports or what are some of my favorite hobbies. During the interview they discussed the salary and benefits. Also told me that the position would start at the beginning of april, I would have enough time to give my two weeks notice at my current job, and that,my application will be sent to higher authority and then brought back down to them. I told them that I had good memory because they ask me references and I knew them by heart, after that one of the supervisors responded with youll need it because we often forget things and we will need you to remind us. Also was told that I would be on probation for 5 months then I will recieve 5% raise, the position is for an OSA at probation and parole office if you wondering why they used the word ptobation was used. then at the end I was told they will let me know either way..What do you think about this..I still dont know. Need feedback..

    • chandlee says:


      I’d recommend staying optimistic — yet continuing to look at other opportunities at the same time. Interviews tend to focus on what it would be like the job and companies typically don’t make offers until all interviews are finished.

      Good luck and keep us posted.

      All the Best,

  16. Hi Chandlee,
    I interviewed on Feb. 6th with individuals from a company who seemed very interested in me as a candidate. They contacted me two hours after the first interview to have me come back and meet with the VP for a second interview. That seemed to go well also (but was much shorter than I anticipated, I wasn’t sure if that was a good sign or a bad sign), and she even asked if I would be interested in a higher up position than what I was interviewing for. Afterwards, I mailed handwritten thank you notes to all the people I met with. The VP told me they would be making a decision by mid-week the following week (somewhere around the 13th). The following Monday (Feb. 18th), due to a recommendation I received from a friend of mine who is a scientific recruiter, I sent a follow-up email to the office secretary, as that had been the only person I had contact with via email – she set up all of the appointments. In addition, I was unsure which of the people I met with would be the best to follow up with, so I figured she would forward it along to appropriate person. I know it has not been much time, but would it be worth a follow-up phone call to the VP? I don’t want to bother her as she has more important things to deal with, but I don’t have anybody’s email and I don’t know if my email was accidentally brushed aside by the secretary and forgotten about. If you think I should follow-up with one of the first couple of interviewers instead, how do I know which one to contact? Thanks for your help!

    • chandlee says:


      There are several easy ways to follow up here.

      Try getting in touch with one or two of the first interviewers — possibly via email. A good way to find email addresses is to

    • Find out the companies name/suffix (
    • Google *
    • Scroll through search results until you find an email that has been sent to an actual person. Then take note of the address — if you are looking for the email of Mark Carson and you see Lucy Ball is lucy.ball* — then you can deduct that Mark’s email is
    • As it’s been a while, it’s possible you’ll hear that the job is on hold or filled — so I’d also recommend continuing your search in the interim.

      All the Best,

  • Hi Chandlee,
    I had a phone interview for a position I really want at the beginning of january and then at the end of january I had the final round of 4 interview in their HQ. I performed very well and they semt to really like me.
    I had my cv passed by a friend to the company so I interviewed pretty early in the process. they told me that they still did not open the position so I should wait one month for them to get back to me because they needed to give chances also to internal recruitment.
    In addition the hiring manager was going on vacation 2 weeks the day after my interview.
    I sent a thanks note the day after, an handwritten letter arriving few days later and a nice article as follow up on feb 18th.
    Now it is almost 4 weeks and I am scared they could have forgotten me.
    I would like to follow up again but I dont know what is the best way…if just a polite mail about the status of my application or call them (I never did before).
    Thanks a lot

    • chandlee says:


      Probably not a bad idea to write the hiring manager, say you hope they had a great vacation and that you remain interested in the position.

      Good luck to you,

  • chandlee says:


    Here at Work Coach Cafe, we certainly have no way of knowing if you are to be extended the interview or not. What we can tell you is that you can certainly follow-up — but that in and of itself is not likely to help you get the job.

    Good luck and all the best,

  • I was called for a job I had applied online for about a month after applying. Had a real good conversation with the hiring manager and after checking our respective schedules (I am presently employed) we found a date later that week that worked for both of us; we met for an hour and had a real good conversation.

    Called me back for a second interview and I met with one of his team members. Had another good conversation. Nearly two weeks passed and nothing. I called yesterday and he thanked me for following up, asked how my conversation went with his team member and after I said it went well he said he would like to bring me in again and would get back to me after he checked his schedule. That was two days ago.

    Am I being impatient? After a phone screening and two interviews, I’m not sure what he wants to get out of a third… it;s a mid sized company. HR wasn’t present in either conversation and he made no mention that they would be present in the third; just the same two people I had just met with again.

    • chandlee says:


      In today’s New York Times there’s an article that says this is not unusual — at all! Many companies are doing more interviews — and taking longer to make up their mind.

      Hang in there, and keep us posted in the interim.

      All the very best,

    • chandlee says:


      I hope you’ve heard back by now. If you want to check on your status, verify that the job description is still posted online and/or follow-up directly with the company.

      All the Best,

  • Chandlee,

    I’m seeking your advice on my situation. I interviewed with a company last Thursday (2.28). I perceived the interview went well. I sat with the person who would be my boss for about an hour and discussed my credentials and what the organizations needs from the position. The interviewer told me he was looking to make a decision early this week as he needed to move fast. I sure felt I was the person he is looking for.

    I sent a thank you email the same day, a couple hours after the interview. I also sent a follow up email on Tuesday (4 days after interview) re-expressing my interest, as he said he was looking to make a decision early in the week. I still have not heard back from anyone. Granted it’s only been a week since the interview but it was expressed to me I would likely hear back by now. When will it be appropriate to place a phone call to the interviewer asking where they stand?

    • chandlee says:


      Given that you’ve followed up twice now, I’d sit tight for another week or so before I’d follow up again. You don’t want to look desperate. Based on my experience as a recruiter, I’d also say that hiring almost always takes longer than you expect it would. Even if the manager wants to wrap it up, he still needs to get internal approval. Sit tight, and good luck — but always keep your eye open at other opportunities as you wait to hear back.

      Good luck,

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