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Asked by Tommy on April 21, 2018

What’s the appropriate amount of time I should wait after an interview before I follow up? Days? A couple weeks?

Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on April 23, 2018

This is a great question! I think an email the following day simply thanking them for their time and letting them know you can provide additional information if they need it is a good way to maintain that relationship and let them know you are interested. However, in this email I would refrain from asking about if a decision has been made since it should usually take more than just a day. When you near the end of the interview, I always recommend asking when you should be hearing back from them. That way you know when to send that follow up email. If they say you won't hear back for two weeks, I would wait two weeks before sending that follow-up email checking in. I hope this helps and good luck with your job search!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on May 1, 2018

Woo hoo for follow up!  Definitely do it, definitely don't over do it.  A thank you note should happen the next day if you're going to do one, the follow up should be driven by the schedule your interviewer gives you when you ask them when they are planning to move forward.  Ask the questions, lay the groundwork.  Those two messages are all you get.  If you hear from the recruiter, great!  You can follow up again.  Don't hear from them, there could be a number of things at play.  Hounding the recruiter will not bring you the positive outcome you seek.

Keep a high number of irons in the fire and one of them is going to work out!  Best of luck!

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