Post # 1
Hey guys I need some advice. I’ve been applying to jobs for the past two months. Last week I got a call from a job and we had a semi-informal phone interview..we talked for like 35 minutes. I thought it went really well, and the lady seemed to really like what I had to say. She didn’t say anything like ‘oh, we’ll be in contact’ it was more like ‘I’ll call you next week for an interview, I need to find out who would need to be at the interview..just the branch manager or the branch manager AND the district manager.’ So I took that as a pretty good sign.
This was Friday..She said she’d call me this week. Mon, Tues, Wed, have all gone by and I haven’t heard anything. Is it too early to follow-up this afternoon? I thought about waiting until Monday to call (if I hadn’t heard from her today or tomorrow), but I think it’ll drive me crazy having to wait that long.
I just need some advice. This is my first big-girl job, so I don’t really know the protocal. I went from being really excited (after the phone call) to not hearing anything so far this week and doubt is really creeping in. Is today too early to call?? I’m so nervous!! If they already filled the position I’d rather know now, ya know?? But I also don’t want to annoy them… HELP!!
Post # 3
Sorry to bump my own thread, but I’m anxious and not sure if I should do it today or not!! Please help bees!
Post # 4
I’d wait until Monday. If she said she’d call next week, technically the week isn’t over till Friday.
I’d simply send her an email along the lines of “Thank you for speaking with me last week.I really enjoyed our chat on the phone and learning more about this opportunity., and I’m looking forward to our interview. I’m very excited about this opportunity with your company (sometimes I throw in an “I’d be a good fit because” but you’ve already kinda had a convo about that, so you could probably take that out).
It’s SO hard to wait when you’re excited, but you don’t want to seem over bearing by not waiting on her stated time line. Sometimes things come up. 🙂
Post # 5
@Khumble: See thats what I thought too! Both my Mom and FH said not to wait and to call today, that it’ll make a good impression.
I wish I could send an email, but all of our contact has been over phone, I don’t have her email address. I’m going to add a poll and see if that helps!
Post # 6
I’d wait until Monday. If she said next week, give her the full week.
Then Monday call and follow up if you haven’t hear. Who knows, she could of gotten unexpectedly busy and hasn’t gotten a chance to call back yet.
Post # 7
When I interviewed for my job, I waited 5 (count ’em, FIVE) weeks before I got a call offering me my job. I didn’t call or email in that time (aside from sending thank you emails to my interviewers), but sometimes I wish I did so I would know if I even had a chance. I never think it’s a bad thing to call and show your enthusiasm for the company and the position. HR doesn’t see it as “bugging them,” but rather showing your interest and motivation.
Give them a call today or tomorrow!
Post # 8
a call would be no biggie then if you don’t have email contact. Calling on Monday will still give a great impression, without seeming too desperate. usually, if someone says they’ll do something in an alloted time, you should respect that. Perhaps she hasn’t gotten an answer yet about who will be at the interview, and doesn’t want to call you with incomplete information.
I’d take this time to research and prepare for interviews.
for example: interviews like to ask behavioural type questions like “tell me about a time when you…(had to deal with an upset customer, prioritize a variety of tasks, work under a tight timeline, etc.” start to think up some responses to those types of questions. In an interview, showing that you are prepared will also impress them, as they’ll see that you are taking this seriously, and have given prior thought to the interview.
A good formula for answering these types of questions is:
state the situation
state your actions
state the outcome
(ie. customer complained their order was wrong, I verified what it was, offered to get them a new beverage, appologized for the error, offered them a 10% discount on next purchase, customer left happy, and told my manager I was an excellent employee).
Post # 9
I agree that you could call today or tomorrow. Just be polite and not pushy. It also never hurts to ask if they need any additional information from you. Good luck!
Post # 10
Thanks for the input everyone!! I still haven’t decided what I’ll do. She asked what time of day is the best to get ahold of me and I told her around 1:30..so if I haven’t heard from her today around that time I may call her later this afternoon. Nothing pushy, just letting her know I’m still interested. But I may chicken out and wait til Monday..I’ll come back and let everyone know how it goes!
Thanks for the suggestions!!
Post # 11
What Khumble said. If I were the interviewer, I’d be annoyed if you called me before the week was up. She could still call you today or tomorrow.
Being proactive is definitely important, but I think waiting till Monday in this case is the best option-you’re still taking initiative while respecting her time.
I have a friend who didn’t get offered a job because he was following up too early and too aggressively–what he did was much more extreme than what you’re proposing, but my point is that in extreme cases, employers CAN actually be turned off my too much enthusiasm.
Post # 12
I would say call today, your phone interview should still be fresh in their momory. But thats just what i would do
Post # 13
The ONLY follow up I would send would be a thank you note for the phone interview. If you don’t have her email, can you look it up on the company website? Or can you send a handwritten one to the company’s physical address? It lets the interviewer you’re still inerested in a non-pushy way and thanks them for their time. Honestly, if they want you they will call you. I know it’s hard, I went through two years of job searching and all you want is an answer. Resist the urge to call and send a nice thank you note and hold tight. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!
Post # 14
Did you send a thank you after the first HR round? Assuming yes, I’d wait until Monday. These folks get busy and while it can’t hurt any to wait until Monday, it can hurt you to call now and bug her if she told you a time frame of this week.
Post # 15
seriously, wait until Monday. It shows that you listened to what she said. I think it is completely appropriate and will show much interest if you wait until Monday to call. The you gave her her week, like she said, but are still prompt to follow up. Calling today or tomorrow might seem desperate. This person likely has other duties than recruiting, unless it is a huge company, and like PP’s said, they very well could be busy with other things, or waiting to hear back from the upper level managers regarding their availability, etc.
I’d strongly advise to wait until Monday! Good luck my dear! I know it is hard to wait! Like PP said, use this time while you wait to research the company and think about the interview, so that if they spring a “can you come in next week” you won’t completely freak out. Go get em girl! 🙂
Post # 16
@kay01: I didn’t send a thank you note! I didn’t know I was supposed to! I’m a beginner and totally don’t know what I’m doing. Is it too late to send one now?
It’d be a lot easier if she just called and scheduled an interview today dangit 🙂 cross your fingers!!