/ Asked by Mary
Tomorrow will be one week from my interviewing for a position. I've not received their decision but I would like to send them a sample of the work I performed for my previous employer to support my qualifications. Is it too late or will I appear desperate?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
I do not think it is too late – it most likely won’t hurt you but could always help! Dependent on the volume of applicants, sometimes it will take a recruiter longer than a week to get back to applicants. By reaching out to the recruiter in a respectful way, you will show that you are still interested in pursuing the opportunity.
Answered by Kellie, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, May 22, 2014
It may take the employer closer to 2 weeks to review all applicants so don’t fret quite yet. I would suggest sending a short e-mail communicating your continued interest in the position. In that message you could reiterate the experience and skills you have that match the position you interviewed for. Best of Luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 23, 2014
Not at all.  It is human nature to be anxious to hear about the results of an interview and a reasonable amount of follow-up is perfectly acceptable.  If you have not done so already, roll in a thank you to your interview(s) with your work sample.  In a nut shell, 1.) thank them for the opportunity to interview, 2.) let them know that you have enclosed an example of your previous work for their review, and 3.) inform them of your high interest in the position.  A week past the interview is a good time for follow-up.  If after two more weeks, you still do not hear back, politely follow-up again inquiring about your status.  In most cases, other priorities are what delays decision making.
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Friday, July 11, 2014
Yes- it is fine if you want to send a quick email and check-in. Also let them know you would like to share with them some of your work if they are interested. If you are working with a recruiter, you can also reach out and see if there is any update, and when you might expect to hear something.
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Your feelings of angst are completely normal. I would recommend sending a thank you follow up email and including your work sample.
There are many factors that affect the turnaround time in the interview process. You may have been the first of a handful of interviews, the manager may be traveling, etc. I would say on average the turnaround time is closer to 2 weeks.
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