(Closed) HR/Hiring Bees, or those “in the know”…….

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4313 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

As someone being interviewed, I always wait 1 day & send a thank you email.

As a person in HR/a person that interviews — I’ve seen candidates that were close & one chose to send a follow up email & the other did not.  I think it showed a lack of maturity on the candidates part.  It’s curtious, respectful & an industry standard.

Send one if you didn’t already!

Post # 4
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I could give you advice if you were applying at McDonald’s, but I’m pretty sure their way of thinking doesn’t apply to… well, anywhere else

Post # 5
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

If I understand correctly, you’re asking if someone follows up after sending a resume/application is appealing, not following up after an interview, right?

I’m a hiring manager at a professional services firm. I JUST hired someone who submitted an application online, never heard back from our HR department, and checked our website to see if she could find someone at the local office to discuss the position with. First of all, if she hadn’t made that contact, we probably never would have interviewed her – because we interview referrals first and we had a ton of them. Secondly, it REALLY set her apart in my mind, because our company is one where you have to be very proactive, go ask for what you need/want, and come up with creative ways to get what you need accomplished.

To some companies, I think it would annoy them. But to me, it is AWESOME (as long as it is done respectfully of the person’s time and gives a really good impression of you). The reality is you have no way of knowing which the company you’ve applied to is. But if you’re the type of person who likes to follow up, make sure everything is progressing, etc – you probably want to work at a company where that kind of behavior is received well. So if you follow up, and they’re annoyed by it – maybe that wouldn’t have been a good fit for you anyway.

Here’s what I would suggest if you’re going to follow up. Email is best, if you can do the research and find out who to contact. If you can find out the actual hiring manager, rather than HR, many times that will get you further. Some people/companies don’t like their processes being circumvented, but again – for the type of company I work at, it shows a TON of promise.

I’d suggest a very short email or phone call. One sentence explaining why you are so excited/interested in their company/that position (make it VERY personal to their company), one sentence stating a stand-out qualification that should make them want to contact you, and VERY clearly stating contact information/what you’d ask that they do next.

I’m in a sales-focused organization (although the positions I manage are marketing, not sales), and that is very well-received here. But at some organizations, they are very stuffy/strict about their processes being followed, so you just have to do what feels right to you and trust that your behavior will help you find a company that values people like you. Does that make sense?

Post # 6
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Wonderwoman217:  i would call instead of emailing as a follow up to submitting the application

Post # 7
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would say that an applicant who follows up stands out. It’s nice to see the commitment there and that this job wasn’t just “another interview” to you. It’s nice to remind the HR person that you still exist after the interview. Sometimes I get so caught up and busy that things fall to the bottom of the pile even when I don’t want them to. You could jog their memory that you are an awesome candidate.

Post # 8
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you have a direct email for the hiring manager or recruiter, it does no harm to reiterate your interest in 1-3 sentences and send your resume again. If you don’t hear back afterward, do not follow up again. If you receive no response, they are not interested or have moved on with another candidate.

Post # 10
1278 posts
Bumble bee

I think at least to make sure they got your resume is a great idea, it shows that you really want to work there and didn’t just apply with 100 other jobs that week.

Post # 11
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Wonderwoman217:  I like what you’ve drafted! Don’t add the amendment – that will be evident from your resume. Good luck!

Post # 12
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i went through this dilemma with the job i am talking about in my other thread. so much time went by after i sent my application, i was dying to follow up. In the end, i decided not to, but i did that partly based on the fact that i knew they received my application since i had communicated with them over email in the past and the application was sent in via email.

If it was a place i never had contact with, i might have followed up for a job i REALLY wanted! You just have to so careful in your wording i think. i might have said something like: “Hello, I am writing to follow up on the status of my application that i sent in on DATE. I am still very much interested in the position.”   something simple and to the point i think would be best if you decide to do it.

But i do think a week is too soon. I would wait 2 or 3 and give them a chance to call you first.

ETA:  oops, just read your title correctly that you were asking for bees who actually hire people to respond. that’s not me, i was just saying what i would do though as i put some thought into this a few weeks ago.

Post # 13
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would find it a little annoying personally.

BUT if you dropped off the resume by hand there is nothing wrong with a quick email to make sure they got it.

I don’t know what the job market is like in the US at the moment but in Australia it’s crazy, I hired an assistant a few weeks back and I got 200 applications for the job. Granted, it’s a pretty junior position and the industry is very desirable.

I would just write a quick email to just check they received it and maybe just say that you are available at any time for an interview and would appreciate the oppurtunity to come in and meet them. Maybe finish with if they have any questions / want anything further to contact you.

I had one girl who kept coming in and that just pissed me off.

Good luck to you!!

Post # 14
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Honestly, I don’t like it when candidates chase up applications, but I don’t think your email sounds too bad. The worst thing you could do to me would be to phone me a day after… and then phone me again the day after that… and then phone me again the day after that. People really do that and it drives me insane.

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