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job interview, follow up, persistence

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It’s one of the “basic” questions I get asked all the time – but when it comes to understanding how persistent you should be in following up after a job interview or good phone meeting, the answer is anything BUT basic.

It’s a fine line. If you don’t follow up enough and you may look like you don’t want the job as much as others. If you look over eager (multiple calls, emails, handwritten notes, etc.), then you may annoy the hiring decision maker and cut yourself out of contention.

I like the point-of-view Kimberly Thompson provides in this Houston Chronicle article. She writes:

Hiring managers are interested in good candidates and no doubt want to hire those who have a strong combination of skills and passion for the job. The challenge most job candidates face is the lack of communication between having a great discussion with an employer and the next steps.

As a job candidate you can stay in touch by sending an email a couple of times, one of which might be sending an example of your work or project that relates to the discussion you had with the manager. Leaving messages to support your emails doesn’t hurt, but use good etiquette.

So what does “good etiquette” mean? Put yourself in the hiring decision maker’s shoes. If you have received an email and a follow up call, and you continue getting emails and calls, wouldn’t you be annoyed? Gauge it based on a normal amount of time. But I woulddefinitely suggest no more than two contacts per week.

How about you? What do you think “the magic number” is?