How to Follow Up on a Job Application You're Interested In

Posted on 17 February 2023

How to Follow Up on a Job Application

The key to following up is timing it right and with the correct tone. Here are three major considerations before following up on a job application:

  1. Read your application acknowledgment email. Some recruiters specify the number of days you have to wait until you hear from them.

  2. Check the job listing if it is still available. If not, the company must have hired a candidate and there is no need for you to follow up.

  3. If making a phone call, make sure to message the hiring manager when is a convenient time to call.

According to a study conducted by Accountemps, when HR managers were asked, “How long should a job seeker wait to follow up with the hiring manager after submitting a resume?” their responses were:

  1. Less than one week: 19%

  2. One to less than two weeks: 43%

  3. Two to less than three weeks: 30%

  4. Three weeks or more: 8%

  5. They shouldn’t follow up: 0%

With 0% on the last option, it only means that following up should be encouraged and is part of the application process.

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