How often should you call to check on the status of your application?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would not call again. Most of the time the job advert will actually say “No calls” or that they will only contact short-listed candidates. At most, I would send a short (seriously, 2 lines or less) e-mail to the hiring manager to enquire whether the position has been filled. 

Odds are about 500 people applied to the same job, they just don’t have time to contact everyone back. If I get a rejection, it’s usually only when I’ve interviewed or been seriously considered. 

How many jobs are you applying to? I hope you’re sending out at least a few applications a day. 

Post # 4
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  +1

We don’t call or otherwise inform candidates we do not want to interview. I think if you don’t hear anything after a certain point, you should just assume they’re not interested. If you really feel like you want to know for sure, an email is the best way to go.

Post # 5
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LadyBlackheart:  I wouldn’t call again if she doesn’t call back.  It varies from company to company whether or not they will respond to you.  WHen I worked in HR we were instructed to respond to every email/phone call we had. But, other companies are not always like that.  Good luck!

Typically if you haven’t heard anything in 2-4 weeks, you are not going to be getting an interview.


Post # 6
920 posts
Busy bee

@LadyBlackheart:  agree with PP. I have interned in HR (at a non profit) and it actually turns them off if an applicant is constantly inquiring. We know your application was received and you expressed further interest with the voicemail. At most like the PP said a very brief email (I personally would not even email) and if they havent contacted you by now, (based on your post from Nov 25) I would just go head and assume they are not interested.

My rule of thumb, reach out once by phone (unless it states no phone calls). After that, If you dont hear anything, move on. 

Post # 7
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Once, unless they promised to get in touch by a specific date (once you’re in the interview stage). Then, again, if that date passes, is acceptable.

Post # 8
4483 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I call once at the most. Some places hate calls though, so it’s a risk

Post # 9
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  +1

@LadyBlackheart:  I read the original thread, and while I totally understand your wanting a job (Who doesn’t?), you may need to revamp your job search strategy. It looks to me like you may be putting all your eggs in one basket. It’s best to throw a bunch of resumes out there and see what bites as opposed to being fixated on one potential opportunity. In a sad way, job hunting is really like playing the lottery with better odds, of course – the more opportunities you pursue, the better your chances.

Look at it like dating – would you keep calling some guy that you don’t know is interested? No – if anything, you would drive him away by constantly calling him – it’s an inverse relationship in a way, and same goes for jobs.

Dating and job-hunting are freakishly similar. The paths to get where you want to be kind of suck, but the ultimate prize makes it all worth it in the end.

Post # 11
5763 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I work with my manager on interviewing and hiring people, and I probably wouldn’t consider someone who called  or emailed me to follow up more than once. 

Post # 12
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  In that case, keep going at it, and good luck! I’m sure something will pan out sooner or later.

Post # 13
3077 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@LadyBlackheart:  do you tailor your resume to the position or just send a generic resume to all job postings? That makes a big difference. Also, how professional is your resume? Have you had someone review it? I didn’t read your other thread but I’m just throwing out things we address at the nonprofit I intern for doing job placement

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