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Successful Job Interviews Include Good Follow-up

Updated on June 3, 2016
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

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Follow Up -- Don't Drop the Ball!

After you have done all the hard work of preparing a resume and cover letter, applying for a job, researching the company thoroughly and then completing a fantastically good interview, don't just leave and hope they call you! Your interview is really not finished yet. You need to do some post-interview follow-up.

Just as a good golf swing has good follow through, good interviewing has good follow-up. Even if you don't want the job, so the follow-up in order to make good business contacts for the future.

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What Should I Do After The Interview?

Here are several more good suggestions that you can use to help yourself have the best chance of winning the job during your interview. They have worked thousands of times for my clients.

Interview Follow-Up Tips and Suggestions for Success in Obtaining Your Dream Job

Take interview follow-up very seriously as a strategic part of landing the job of your dreams.

Follow-up all interviews, even if they did not go as well as you expected, or you decided that you did not want the job. Interview follow-up will definitely place you ahead of other job candidates who interviewed for the same job, all other things being equal. Among equally-qualified candidates, the person hired will be the one who did the best and most sincere interview follow-up.

Follow-up well in a timely manner, but do not make yourself look or sound desperate for the job. If you seem desperate, then your potential new employer may develop the idea that you have poor planning skills and ran out of money, that there is substantial reason that no one else has hired you, and/or that perhaps you were fired from your last job or all of them. Your new employer would not want employees who let things deteriorate to the point of desperation, whether it is as complex an issue as a bankruptcy or as simple as running out of toilet paper for the company bathrooms and forgetting to order it.

At the end of your interview, ask the interviewer or panel of interviewers 1) when they will make their decision, and 2) when you might expect a call for a second interview.

Write down the correct names and titles of every individual who interviewed you, in addition to the receptionist, personal assistant, or executive secretary who served you. Request their business cards or make notes of their information in a small notebook. Interviewers, and even company presidents, will ask the receptionist what he or she thought of you as a job candidate and as a person. Make a good impression on everyone there.

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Effective Attention Getting Follow-Up

  • Send a Thank You note card to the receptionist of the company with which you spoke. Reception duties can be tedious and taxing and a little appreciation is not only compassionate, but makes you a remembered job candidate who will receive better telephone follow-up service than average through this individual.
  • Write Thank You note cards or short letters to each Interviewer with whom you spoke within 24 hours. I mail these the same evening at my nearest post office branch, from which mail is collected beginning at 5:00 AM. Often, the notes are received the next day in my town. Individualize the notes. You may wish to send email Thank You's as well, especially within IT firms where email is checked frequently. In 2011, I still send hard-copy Thank You's, because it shows class, appreciation, and good manners..
  • Write thank you notes after every interview, even if you do not want to job. This will help make you known in the business world and ensure a growing number of good business and personal contacts for you.
  • Find out whether snail mail, email, or FAX is the best way to get hold of the Interviewer(s). Ask the Receptionist -- You can also car this person for correct name spellings. Proofread your thank-you letters or cards before sending them and make 100% sure that there are no grammar or spelling errors.
  • In your Thank-You letters, write that you appreciate the company's interest in you and re-state why you think you are the best candidate for the job.
  • Call all your references and tell them they may be contacted. Ideally, you should talk to them before you apply for jobs and ask their permission to use their names, addresses and phone numbers.
  • Continue to search for jobs and go on interviews, even if a particular interview went so well that you think the company is definitely going to hire you. You do not know that for sure, and you do not want to lose momentum in the job market while you are waiting for a job/company that hired someone else.
  • Even if you are hired by the company that you expect to hire you, you can use additional interviews to gather information and to make good business contacts long-term. Further, if the job you receive does not work out, you will have ready contacts to help you secure your next one.
  • Stay visible in your business by continuing to look for other job and career opportunities, even after you have been hired. Stay informed about the job market and your industry, because you will be able to use the information to help yourself and others.
  • Do additional interview follow-up after the thank-you letters or notes have been received. Allow 48-72 hours after mailing, then make a telephone call to the Interviewer and ask about the position. Re-state your assets during your telephone calls.

  • Be patient, but persistent. The hiring process can seem a long one. This is especially true of jobs in the educational system or those connected with the city, county, state, or federal governments. These entities, as well as the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations and of some commercial enterprises must vote on job candidates. If they have a meeting only once a month, then results are delayed. Follow-up with the Interviewer by telephone once a week during a long-term process. Continue follow-up efforts until the job is filled. If an employer tells you that it may take 30 to 60 days to fill a position, you can call once a week.
  • Do not forget about the company if you do not receive a job offer or the job-offer package does not work out for you. Keep that firm and its staff as important business contacts.
  • Small employers are as important as large corporations for business contacts. Add your Interviewer into your business circle, such as on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com. Ask them to keep you in their circle for future referrals.
  • You can use job interviews to gain important information for your future about business trends, plans in the future for certain companies, etc., not only for obtaining a new job.

Thank You Cards and Thank You Letters

Use effective judgment in deciding to write letters, use email, or prepare handwritten thank-you cards for follow-up. It is always wise to send a handwritten message and then quickly follow it with one of the other methods of contact.

I always prepare word processed thank-you letters for interviewers and a handwritten notecard to the receptionist. I find emails less satisfactory. In fact, after interviewing job candidates myself, I have found these emails usually poorly-worded, trite, slangy, and even flippant. A well worded, email thank you is accceptible, if you send a handwritten or typed note at once - or if you interviewed with a highly IT oriented company.

Remember These Five Top Tips for Interview Thank You Notes and Letters

1) Show good etiquette and good manners in using proper titles, punctuation, grammar and spelling.

2) Near the beginning, show verbal appreciation for the company's interest in you.

3) Re-state your interest in the job and the company, but without sounding desperate.

4) Re-state your qualifications for the position and add anything you forgot in the interview.

5) Enclose any information the interviewer asked you for, including references or other materials.

Example Post-Interview Thank You Letter

Date (May Day, Year)

Your Name

Your Address

City, State, Zip Code

Your Phone Number / Your Cell Number

Your Email Address

.

Interviewer Name

Interviewer Title

Organization Name

Organization Address

City, State, Zip Code

.

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Thank you very much for providing time from your busy schedule to talk with me about the Sales Manager position at McDonald's Blinds and Shades. I truly appreciate your time and consideration in interviewing me and feel that I am a perfect fit for this position.

After speaking with you, I know that I will excel in the job duties in a way that will bring an increased customer base and increasing revenues to your company. In addition, my enthusiasm for the work and managing people will bring higher motivation levels and results overall to the sales team.

I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you soon regarding this position. Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information. My cell phone number is (xxx) xxx-xxxx and I carry it with me at all times.

Thank you again for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Signature

Your Typed Name

CC: file

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More Comments!

Dear Readers - I appreciate each and every one of your comments. This article has had so many good posts, that I've archived a few hundred. Keep asking questions and I'll continue answering to the best of my knowledge and experience.

Cheers!

Patty

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      You might sound desperate to the hiring manager and a call now would crowd him and perhaps dampen your chances for hire.

      I like that you took a resume to the interview and submitted a total of two recommendation letters. Managers do not always see Thank You emails, though, which is why I still use and advise using actually letters or cards, or even a Faxed business letter. In fact, the FAX thank you worked better for me sometimes than a mailed letter or card. High-Tech companies' staffs use their emails/chat all day, though, and would see a Thank You.

      You say that the hiring manager will make a decision tomorrow, Friday afternoon -- If you hear nothing by Friday around 3:00 PM, call the hiring manager. If he responds that he will make a decision by the end of the business day (5:00 PM), then wait until Monday morning to call him again - around 10:00 AM.

      Best wishes!

      Patty

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      Tiffany 4 years ago

      Patty, I interviewed for a position with a large company last week. To the interview I took my resume and a letter of recommendation. I emailed a thank you not after the interview. 2 days after the interview I received and forwarded another letter of recommendation from my current manager. Do you feel this was too much or right on target. I really want this position. I was told by the hiring manager that he will be making a decision tomorrow. Is it to desperate to call today?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Sorry, but I won't post any part of my email address in a public venue, because of identity theft.

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      p - the wife from yesterday 5 years ago

      Patty ...I am having issues sending this e-mail...who is your e-mail address with?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      sure - send it to my contact link above in the right sidebar.

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      p - the wife from yesterday 5 years ago

      thank you for the comments...any chance you would look at it before we send it? lol

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Two things this could be:

      1) A Simon Cowell type of moment in which the CEO really knows that your husband would not work out

      OR

      2) A test of character - that is, how easily does your husband give up? That's important in the emerging aerospace sector that needs top production!

      ACTION:

      Suggest to your husband that he email the CEO with cc's to the Vice President and anyone else that interviewed him. In this email, he should ask what actions he might take at this point to better qualify himself for the job. Include statements that he is determined and excited to work in the aerospace field.

      NOTES:

      Production must be at a high rate that your husband must ensure, since production efficiency is down overall in the USA compared to that of 2011. Production must be accurate and on time to save costs. Accuracy saved lives as well, remembering the faulty O-ring on Shuttle Challenger! Wastes of production must be eliminated. Workers must be highly motivated themselves and further coached by the Production Supervisor. This supervisor should also be able to suggest innovations to help propel the production, profits, and image of the company. The supervisor must be excited about his work.

      Production Supervisors in aerospace businesses are charged with a massive duty. Put these thoughts in mind before the letter is written.

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      PBuswell 5 years ago

      My husband just got done with an interview process with a huge aerospace company owned by a billionaire. He is laid off at the present. The recruitment department for this company spent 4 months, 20 or so hours interviewing him (a total of 4 interviews.) After telling him they felt he was just what the company was looking for, getting shining recommendations from his business references, passing the background checks with flying colors, and meeting with the vice-president, he as requested to meet with the CEO ho after less than 20 minutes decided my husband "was not what they were looking for". This was his ultimate dream job and is having a difficult time understanding this. It was a Production Supervisor position and rare for CEO's to be involved at this level. If this ere you, would you be persistent and write a letter to appeal to him over his decision or is it groveling too much??? Would you re-apply with this company? We got the idea even the recruitment team as a bit crushed and disappointed.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub with great tips. Very useful for job seekers.

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      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      This is a good hub for those of us who live in hope. I have never been one to complain about the job market or be ruled by the media's reporting of gloom and doom in the financial sector and the GFC. I am slightly disturbed that we all call it the GFC but that is another idea and I am getting off track. My point is that if we simply act professional and follow the steps and as you say be patient. The right job will be made available to us. Thanks for such a well crafted hub. Cheers F.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      It is good to work together!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Patty, this is a great Hub. Voted up and useful for sure! I am adding a link to my hub "How to Interview for a Job Brilliantly". It will be the "icing on the cake"! :)

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Yes, I'd call up and ask. That way you will know for sure. It is always risky to announce to one possible employer that you have an offer from another employer. Best of luck, though.

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      Sazza 5 years ago

      Hi Patty

      Great article! I had a question that I would appreciate your help with.

      I applied for a position at a university in January, and they got in touch with me during the middle of March to arrange a phone interview. That appeared to go well and they said they'd get back to me the following week. In the meantime I received a job offer from another place, but I felt that my skills and interests lay in the job at the university. I contacted one of the interviewers for a status update, and was told that the final decision would be made by the Head of the School, who was still deciding. However, the Head was very interested in my application. I mentioned that I'd received a job offer elsewhere but that I much preferred the job at the university, and within half an hour a second interview with the Head was arranged for the following Monday. I attended that interview, and it *seemed* to go well (although there's always room for improvement!) When I asked about hiring decisions the Head said that I was one of two final candidates, that he would be making a decision at the end of the week and that they would want the successful candidate to start the following week (this week). It is now Tuesday and I haven't heard back from them. I'm thinking that I wasn't successful, but should I ring the Head of School to see if a final decision has indeed been made? Many thanks in advance. Sazza

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I think you should try the direct approach - call and say that you are really interested in the company, have been turned down by the computer system several times, and would very much like to come in and talk with someone. Ask to talk about jobs available and ask advice on your resume. That's a sort of informational interview. The worst that can happen is they say No. The best is that they help you. interview you, and offer you a job!

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      GForce1Down 5 years ago

      (Un)Fortunately, I can now see via online how many resumes I have had with the same company, submitting each new resume with each new job opening. Each previous job entry I've applied for announces the job number has been filled.

      I'm totally okay with this company's automated emails thanking me for my interest in the job and letting me know someone else got the position.

      My total rejections so far for this single company now stands at eight. The good part is I can see where I may have gone wrong and can correct any errors or fill in any missing information. The bad, of course, is I'm now reminded that this company has turned me down eight times.

      This last time was particularly hurtful because the position didn't get filled, but rather, the position got reposted. Ouch. Officially, the online "Status" box says my "application is in progress."

      I have never contacted this company's human resources personally, but now I'd like to give them a call. For my questions to you, Patty, let's pretend that I really am qualified for the position. I can not tell them I'm checking on the status of my application because it clearly says the status on their webpage. I'd like to convince them that I'm a worthy candidate. Does the squeaky wheel get the grease, even after eight times rejected, and a reposted job? What, if anything, can I say to have them take another look at me?

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      louromano 5 years ago

      Excellent points made, Patty. Wishing success to all those in their followup interviews! Thanks for sharing.,

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      It's rather in poor taste to quit your present job so soon after beginning, because your company has already invested some time and money into training you and/or setting you firmly in position of team leader. If salary is your first priority, then choose the company that you feel pays the best wages and benefits - this sounds like the first company. At the same time, if you quit your current position and go to the first company and find that working there is unsatisfactory after all, you will not be able to go back to the second company.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      A Thank You note has helped me to land at least two jobs when all else was equal. I mailed one by snailmail and the other I FAXED. Both worked well, because I was sincere in wanting to be employed by these particularly companies. The other candidates did not send thanks yous at all.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I wish I had known this when applying for previous positions. What a difference a well worded "Thank You" letter makes! Great advice! :)

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Hope it all helps if you have another one!

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      Great infomation to refresh my memory on what is proper.it has been twenty eight years since my last interview.Have a great day.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      The company may also be bringing other people back in to observe workers, but a company spending time in this way with an applicant or applicants is a sign they are interested in applicant abilities. Sometimes, though, a company will take an applicant's presentation, or in your case, questions and and observations and use them from then on without hiring the person.

      Do a good job when you observe, but don't give away all of your knowledge and skills in that one event. Best success to you!

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      I have a question. I just had an interview the other day. I can tell it went really well and just from the interviewer's attitude, they were highly interested in me. In fact, the interviewer was so impressed with how much research I did of their business, they asked me where I came up with the questions I came up, it's stuff they never heard of anyone asking. I wrote them a thank you note after the interview in which they replied a few hours later, which I was surprised. They said to me in person that they had more interviews to do during the week that I wouldn't hear anything until the following week. But, they literally answered me within the same day I did the interview. They would like me to come back in to their office and observe other people working, and to ask any questions; to see if I am a good fit for them, and if it's something I want to do. When you get that far, does it seem like they are leaning more towards hiring me? And is there anything I should do to impress them even more when I go in to observe their business operations?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Embassy jobs and government jobs in general can take up to three months between the first interview and the background check to be completed. I think you are till in the running for the job. It is difficult to simply wait, but best of success to you!

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      Stella okoli 5 years ago

      Dear Patti, i attended an interview at the US Embassy here in my country Nigeria on the 25th of january 2012, i may have done well cause the head of panel after the interview told me that there will be second interviews after the background check which takes a while as she put it and i shouldn't panic at all if i dont hear from them in time, she explained the security process to me and how time consuming it is, they even handed me some of their embassy publicaions to take home which i found so kind. she was so sweet and nice and it made want to work there. Its 1month and 2 weeks and yet no news or call from them. I feel so nervous and panicked. What do you think Patti? I called the section last week and was informed by the secretary that the head of panel had been away fo 2weeks and just got in. I was also told by some person in there that i took her number after the interview that the head of panel told them that i did so well,

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Goo luck to you!

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      Java Programs 5 years ago from India

      Great job Patty Inglish, MS .... Was going for an interview .... very much important tips ......

      thanks and keep the good work up ...

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Either day would be fine - something is holding up the process.

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      Hate Waiting 5 years ago

      Patty, I interviewed for a better role in the organization I am working at currently. My boss even referred me to the department manager. The hiring manager flew out to interview me. I thought it went extremely well, it was over breakfast but took an hour and forty minutes. I thought I nailed the interview. He said he would make a decision within the month. I sent a thank you email that night. I didn't hear anything and then my current boss followed up before I did. The hiring manager then sent me an email saying that "the process is taking a little longer" and he would for sure have a decision by the beginning of this week. It is Monday night and I have not heard back. Should I call him Tuesday late afternoon or wait until Wednesday morning to follow up? Thank you

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      https://hubpages.com/business/Interview_Folloup...

      Excellent points made, Patty. Wishing success to all those in their followup interviews!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      It is good to hear that these ideas are useful and really help readers. Thanks!

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      Java Programs 5 years ago from India

      Hi Patty Inglish, As always your hubs are world class... Whenever i visit your hubs learn so many things .... thanks .... great info .....

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      This is interesting, because ancient China had a long tradition of awarding civil service jobs to the best writer!

      I am thinking that you may be asked to write a solution to a problem encountered in the business field of the company. This could be coming up with a new product or service, or something to improve operations. It could be designing a first draft budget for a project or how to handle personnel problems. Think of ways you would organize your knowledge of various areas into an outline now and the writing exam will be simpler when you do it.

      Please let us know what they had you write, if you have time. It should be nothing personal, though - about your family, etc.

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      Bill W 5 years ago

      Patty-

      I have been called back for a second interview for a professional position, and I have been advised that there will also be a writing test to be administered while I am there. I haven't done this in the past, but it seems to be an increasingly popular practice. What should I expect?

      Thanks.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      You can go with an email now to the most important interviewer(s), ask if they need any additional info and if they can tell you when the hiring decision will be made. Best of luck to you!

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      tk 5 years ago

      Hi patty,

      had an interview last a week ago and was told they will get back to me this week,i have sent a thank you note to the interviewers,however,i haven"t heard from them,do i send a follow-up mail now ,or do i wait ?thank you

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I think it's safe to shoot them another email restating that you are eager to beging work with their company and asking if you can provide any additional information; then asking when the hiring decision might be made. Good luck!

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      5 years ago

      Patty, great read!! I would love some advice.

      I posted my resume on Dice. I received a call from a company's HR. We scheduled and I had a phone interview with HR. The next step was a technical interview with the hiring manager over the phone. They followed that up with a 3rd interview. The 3rd interview I went into the office and interviewed with 3 people in the office as well as 3 others at remote sites via video conferencing. I felt like everything went really well! I asked before I left when they intended to make a decision, they said as quickly as possible. That night after the 3rd interview I sent a thank you email to those who were conducting my interview. The 3rd interview was a week ago today and I haven't heard anything. Should I follow up again? The not knowing is killing me, I really want this job. Thank you in advance.

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      A post interview follow up in the form of a note of thanks can very well be the reason why you got the job. It is one of the little things that can go a long way while looking for a job. This hub was a nice read, Patty.

      Princesswithapen

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      No, because it sounds petty; you need something more important to highlight.

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      stella 5 years ago

      When asked by the person interviewing what you least like about you last job would it be okay to say you never got your breaks?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Go ahead and send it; it sounds appropriate and a good conversation.

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      BaileyMS 5 years ago

      Question -- had a great interviewer with CEO (also a company founder) 2 days later had 2nd interview with COO/Founder; at conclusion was told they both really liked me and they wanted me to see VP of HR. I sent TY note and received an e-mail response from 2nd founder saying he was impressed with my skills and the sincere interest in company and they will be in touch soon. I was thinking of sending a quick note about a relevant issue I came across with respect to part of the conversation we had at interview -- would another contact be OK, or does it appear desperate -- it's been 5 days since 2nd interview and 2 days since the reply e-mail I received -- not sure whether to reach out again or not. Any suggestions appreciated

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      The HR person would be the one to call. Good luck!

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      Katingka 5 years ago

      Patty-

      I interviewed for a position 10 days ago and I followed up with a post interview email which had a nice response. I interviewed with the program manager and HR. I'd like to place a call but who should I call - the program mgr or HR?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Jackson - That all sounds strange to me. Let's hope they contact the names you mentioned. Good luck!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      PK - If you hear nothing form the company, call them on Feb 15th. Success to you!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I would never be messaging with a job candidate; it is too intrusive and time consuming. If you keep messaging him now, you may sound desperate and therefore, not one whom they will hire. Drop the matter, until time to make a personal phone call. Phone, do not text. That personal effort could make the difference if you and the other job candidate are equal otherwise.

      Thre may not even be another candidate.

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      Jackson 5 years ago

      Patty-

      I had a great interview last week. While I had a list of references with me, it was not asked for so not given. They did ask who could best tell them about me, when I mentioned a few names of my references they mentioned that they already knew them and how to get in touch with them. Is it necessarily a bad thing that I did not leave them a written list with contact info?

      Thanks.

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      PK 5 years ago

      Hello!

      I interviewed the 24th of january where I was told a decision would be made in 2-3weeks. I sent a thank you email the evening of the 24th, a follow up call last thursday, and I wanted to know if calling today would be too much? The interview went very well and when I called last week I received a very positive response and was thanked for calling. I was told it would be another week or two though...

      Thanks for your time and assistance!

      PK

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      jojoloco 5 years ago

      Some info also,

      after passing the exam we had a little talk. I think my interviewer likes me. He told me some questions for the next interview. He also warned me that I have a competitor who is good as me. Last feb 8, I went out of their office with a smile on their face because of his good remarks about me. That's why I keep my hopes high.

      Anyway,

      What should I reply then to his text, "Rest assured that we will keep your application in our active database"

      Thanks for the help Patti! I am really nervous about this.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Gee, 'keeping you in their active database' does not sound really encouraging and he sounds as though he did not appreciate a message so soon. However, give it week from Feb 8, which would be Feb 15 and place a telephone call then.

      The company may be waiting for other interviews to be completed, or for a Board of Directors meeting in which new hires would be approved.

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      jojoloco 5 years ago

      Hi! Patti I applied as a marketing assistant in a company.

      I was interviewed last Feb 1, 2012. Passed it. Took an exam, last feb 8. Passed it also.

      My interviewer told me that he will call me to schedule another interview to my supposed to be superior

      2 days later he hasnt called yet.

      And i sent him an sms. "I 'd like to follow up my application.I am willing to continue with the interview process"

      he replied: "Rest assured that your application is kept in our active database."

      what is the meaning of all of these. Do I still have to keep my hipes high abt this job? Thanks Patti!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Not until after the 13th. The Board of Directors won't meet until then, so you'd be talking into a vacuum. Hope you win that job!

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      Sean 5 years ago

      Hi there, I have been through two interviewers (one with technical dept and the other with HR dept) last month (20th of Jan). After one week the HR manager called me and discuss about my salary (27th of Jan). I called them last Thursday to check on the status and they informed me that the offer letter is ready but they are waiting for their boss (board of directors) to sign it...and the earliest is 13rd of Feb 2012...should I call them tomorrow (Friday) to pester them on the status again? Many thanks for your kind feedback!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Call HR and ask if the hiring decision has been made. Good luck!

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      ananymous 5 years ago

      hi

      i attended one company interview and finished all the rounds finally they told me that hr will call you it's mean what should i reject or selected pls let me know?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Looks good to me - final decisions likely to be made by mid-to-late February. But call by phone and check in, ask if there is anything else to can provide them, information-wise. Good luck!

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      Is this a Good Sign? 5 years ago

      I was called for an interview with the state of January 3, the interview was then scheduled for January 27th. The interview went well; after the interview one of the ladies told me that there were 22 applicants but there will only be 11 positions. January 30th my first reference was called and my second was called Febuary 1st.... I havent heard anything from them yet. Is this a good sign that my references were checked? I sent a follow up letter on the 6th...what is an appropriate date to perfrom a follow up call to the department?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Call first thing Monday Morning. it sounds like they were hiring you, doesn't it, when they asked when you can start? If, on the other hand, they asked how much notice you would need to give your current employer before you could start, that is not an outright hiring offer.

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      M Sandy 5 years ago

      Dear Patty,

      I have attended an interview on Monday for an internship position. It went well, i was asked when can i start and that I will be contacted during the following days. I have followed up with a thank you email to which I have not been replied. It is now Friday, when do you think it would be appropriate to contact them again and how?

      Thank you

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Probably. Further, if you tell them someone else has offered you a job, they will often say, "Take it." This is a difficult decision for you.

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      noina 5 years ago

      I have been offered a job but the company that i am interested has not offered me yet, they called me for two interviews already. WOuld I sound desperate if I let the company I want that I really need for them to make their decision becausaae they are my top choice?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      No more email. I think email Thank Yous often are ignored or simply deleted without reading, after speaking with several interviewers over the last few months. I'd make a phone call today.

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      Angela 5 years ago

      Hi Patti!

      I had an interview 2 wks ago that went very well with a great company. I was told that HR would be deciding the Tuesday following (which was right after the MLK holiday). It originally took them 2 wks to bring me in for an in person interview after my initial phone interviews (due to the holidays). I sent thank you emails to everyone following the interview (9 altogether) and heard back from most. However, it is now 1 and a half weeks after they were supposed to make a decision (I assume it took longer than initially thought). Do I send a follow-up email again or wait? And do I send it to HR or the hiring manager? A friend of mine in HR told me that I should wait it out. Any advice is welcome! :)

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Call on Thursday morning.

      Sometimes saying another company wants to hire you kills your chances, but not always. Good luck!

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      Maria 5 years ago

      Dear Ms Inglish,

      I had a job interview for a job position 2 weeks ago but then i got a second interview with the resource manager because the first interviewer reffered me for this position. I had my second interview this Monday. I was honest and told her that another company wanted to hire me but i was interested in her job position first. I asked her if i can call her to check on my status application and she said yes. She said to call her Thursday or Friday (a couple of days after the interview). Is that a good sign? should i call thurs or fri? I am very nervous because the interview was different than any other interviews i had. It seemed she was rushing. I guess being a resource manager makes her very busy. HELP

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Since the email worked first off, then send another thank email and after a 2nd email send bot an email and a hard-copy thank you letter or card. Good luck!

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      kmr 5 years ago

      Last week I had a phone interview, I followed that up with a thank you email. I received an email to set up a face to face interview which was yesterday. The interview went well, and I should be contacted next week to come in for a 2nd face to face interview. My question is should I send a thank you today, and if I get a second interview do I need to send another after that?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Unless the company is out of town or out of state form you, I would have mailed a handwritten thank you card asap. Email is too cheap and easy, and sometimes bothersome to the employer. It may be simply deleted.

      Wait until Friday after lunch and call at about 1:00 to 1:30 PM if you have heard nothing and politely inquire whether thay have made their decision and if not, when you can expect to hear something definite.

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      Cari Calabrese 5 years ago from Celina, Ohio

      Ms. Inglish -

      I am hopeful that you review this blog frequently because I need your assistance ASAP.

      I had a second interview on Monday. I was told they are expecting to make a decision by the end of this week. On Tuesday, I emailed a thank you letter to my interviewers and today, I would like to follow up with a phone call. I really want this job but I don't want to sound desperate during the call. Can you advise me on exactly what I should say during this call?

      Thanks!!

      Cari

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Go ahead and email them this afternoon or tomorrow morning. There is still hope. Good luck!

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      anewstart 5 years ago

      Hi Patty,

      Great article and read, thank you. I hope you can provide some insight and feedback for me as well.

      60 days ago I had my first interview for a great opportunity in a new career, HR said i was the perfect fit after the first interview and immediately set me up with a face to face meeting with the head department manager. Interview went great and but didn't hear anything back from HR for almost 2 weeks. Finally they contacted me and asked to proceed to next interview phase which was a tour of a facility and to provide a written report on my observations which I sent in the next day. Again, I didn't hear anything back from HR for almost 2 weeks so I called and spoke to HR directly and they said I am again the right candidate for the position and they were going to proceed to final interview with the President.

      That was almost 30 days ago (before XMas holidays) and finally last week on Thursday I sent a follow up email to HR (and they indicated they were away on vacation) and in 2 minutes of my email HR replied to my follow up email and said they were returning to the office on the next day on Friday and would arrange the final interview. Is now almost Tuesday and have not still heard back. How many times should I follow up or should I give it more time? I don't want to be pushy but I want this new role, but are they really interested after 60days especially with the poor follow ups? What is the next steps?

      Thank you!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I think it is appropriate to email him once a week until you receive a definite answer.

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      visha 5 years ago

      Hey,

      Thank you patty for your nice reply.

      I need you your help again for my interview.

      As I told you that because of holiday season, hiring manager was not able to arrange an interview with HR.

      On 20th Dec. I emailed Hiring manager regarding the status. He replied me on 21st dec that, he think that I would be good addition to his team but because of holiday season, communication are really slow. He told me that if I don't receive any feed back till 29th dec. I can contact him.

      Its 4th Jan. But only 2 working days were there after 29th.

      Do you think that I should email him again for the status? or Should I wait for this week?

      Thanks in advance.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I'd write a straightforward inquiry into the status of your resume and at the end, wish the person you contact a Happy New Year and prosperity for the company.

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      Wally 5 years ago

      Great site Ms. Inglish, it is very informative. I am in process of getting my dream job & I have a family friend who actually works for the company. 3 weeks ago, I was promised my resume would be given to appropriate personnel. It has now been 3 weeks. How would I verse a holiday greeting-withouht cheapening it- while inquiring about the status of my application?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Why didn't you ask the recruiter that direct question? Call the recruiter back and ask the question.

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      help help 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I have a quick question I applied for this role through an agency and after the interview it turned out to be that i had got the job. now the start date was to begin dec 12 however 3 days before that date, i got to call from the recruiter, he mentioned to me that the company is doing internal structure change and not sure whats happening with the role.. when i was interviewed with the company she did mention to me that from dec 12 to jan of first week it is training period, the essential work will begin after the new years. Now my question to you, does this mean that they put this role on hold and that after the holidays i still have a chance or that because of this structure change they cancelled this role.. Thanks

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      In the experience of most (not all, but most) of my clients and myself when this has happened, the chitchat and laughing are nice, but no job is ever offered. If you want to, call and ask the interviewer what your status is and see if you can obtain a direct answer. That way you'll know.

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      Sami Kayyali 5 years ago

      Hello Patty,

      I really need your help here.

      I had an interview somewhere last week and we talked for almost 2 hours, it started as an interview then we starting chitchatting and laughing as if we are buds.

      He told me that during this week (Next week at the time) he will contact me to know whether am hired or not.

      I didn't hear any from the guy, and I'm thinking, which is better; Call or Email? and why?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Standard procedure tells us to go through the Recruiter, so feel free to call that person and ask for updates. Merry Christmas!

      Christmas and nearby holidays sometimes slow the whole process with people taking time off.

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      GeeGee 5 years ago

      I interviewed for a Job and was called for a second interview. All communications was through a Staffing agency. I sent a thank you letter to all the interviewers and kept in contact with the recruiter regarding the status of the position. The recruiter indicated that I am still in the running and it would take appropriately two week before he heard anything. Three weeks have passed. What should I do. Should I contact the company to see if the job has been filled or continue communicating with the recruiter?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Hard to say - Are they on leave until after Christmas and New Year's? You could email that you enjoyed the Interview and that you look forward to speaking with him again soon. See what happens.

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      visha 5 years ago

      Hi,

      Please suggest me that to do. I had a phone interview with Hiring manager on 12th Dec. On the same day He emailed me to meet his team on 14th Dec. I went for the face to face interview on 14th Dec. It was great. I sent a thank you note after the interview through email. I did not meet HR on that day. Manager told me that HR is on leave. So I will get back to you when I will talk with HR. After that I did not get any email from him. Should I email him regarding the status?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      It is too late for a letter; call the company and ask when the hiring is expected to be done and whether you are still in the running.

      If you have another interview or the company says they will call you, call within 24 hours and ask for their decision.

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      Chubby 5 years ago

      hi there patty,

      need your help...i was interviewed for over a month now.

      1st it was phone interview then a week after they called me and wants to have a face to face interview...after the said face to face interview I didnt hear anything from the company.

      Please help me compose a letter to make a follow up for the result of the interview.

      Many thanks

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Hi monie240 -

      It seems to me that they did not find the person they left was the best fit for the job and began recruiting all over again. I hope you find other possible employers before the end of the year. Best wishes!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      joey - In the view of HR, you changed your mind too many times about location and to them, distance may not be a worthy complaint. Check out these places on Google Maps before you ask for what you don't now yet is too far away. Best wishes to you!

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      monie240 5 years ago

      Hi Patty,

      I just wanted to give an update from the last time I wrote. I called the compnay again for a 3rd follow up as you suggested. I again got a voicemail and left a message. I still have not heard back from the HR Dept. I'm believing at this point I should wash my hands and keep it moving. I will say that I am still on the job hunt and noticed the company has placed an ad for hire again. I really font understand, a company that kept constant contact is now unresponsive. This is really sad and makes me wonder if this is a company I really would want to work with? What are your thoughts?

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      joey 5 years ago

      I really need your advice, I'm so stressed and worried at the moment.

      So I went for an interview for a position at a certain store. After being interviewed I got offered a position at another store, thinking that it was near my house I accepted it. Human resources said that I will probably go in for a trial shift and won't start till after new years. I drove up to the place only to discover it was too far. So, I called back human resources and asked them if it was possible if I could have the job I originally applied for instead. I was told due to my other commitments it was not possible, and to attend my trial shift.

      Following that, I did go to my trial shift. After that the retail manager there said "that was a good first day, you'll hear from head office soon".

      Did I piss off head office and screwed up everything? Please help!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      monie240 -- I would be persistent and call one more time. Ask if there is any additional information you can furnish and then ask when they expect to make the hiring decision. Any of several events could have happened, for example:

      They hired someone else, the position itself is on hold until January 2012, some vital decision-maker is out of the office, the background/security check had a problem.

      Let us know what's happening - I wish you the best.

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      monie240 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I can really use your advice. I submitted my resume for a position in late October. The HR person emailed me back stating the position I applied for was not a good for for that dept however, she saw a dept that was a better fit and asked if I would be intrested. I read over the job description and saw that yes, I was a good fit. We emailed constantly back and forth til finally she gave me my first phone interview. The interview went well therefore, she told me I will have a second interview with the hiring manager. Now because of scheduling, the initial interview with the hiring manager was to be face to face but ended up as another phone interview. I believed the interview went well and was told the HR person will get back to me in a few days. In the meantime, I sent him a thank you note and waited. A couple of days past and the HR person did call because now they want to do the initial face to face. I figured that was just to meet me and see if I truely was a good fit. I had the face to face and again I believed it went well. I was told that again in a few days I will hear from the HR dept. I sent another thank you note for meeting with me. I waited and sure enough, the HR person called to say they really liked me and wanted to go to the next step. She emailed me their background security form which I did have problems with opening (I did inform her) but in the end found a workaround. I signed it emailed it back along with the references she had requested. She told me I should now a definite withn 24hrs. I heard nothing so I contacted her in 72hrs via email. It's now been 3weeks and I have heard nothing. I waited another week and contacted her by phone andleft a voicemail. This is the 3rd week as I said before. Do I let it go or should I contact one last time? This is a small company that began in 2006 and believe me, I did my research on them first so I know the company is lagit. I am still looking while I wait but its frustrating that in the beginning the HR person did so much contact with me that now she hasn't given me any communication at all. It's been approx 6weeks total since the process began. What should I do?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      EP -

      You just turned over your important personal information, including previous paystubs with Social Security Number (?) and other data, and previous offer letter (from another company?) to strangers. You may be in for Identity Theft.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Renee - Sounds to me like you're still in the running. Email him, restate that you are very interested in the job ask in a low-key way when his manager expects to make a decision. If you should happen to be turned down, ask if there will be other positions open soon.

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      EP 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I had few questions. I had applied for a job on a company's website. I was contacted after 10 days was told to submit a technical test online. I did that was contacted back again in 10 days for a phone interview. After the interviews I was contact by HR in 10 days again to ask for my previous salary stubs, previous offer letter, my salary expectations, when can I join them. I was told that I was short listed from the phone interview for the HR interview and the information I will email will be sent to the proper authorities. That was on a Friday evening. I sent my paystubs and whatever asked and got an email from HR on Monday that they will revert to me shortly. I waited for 10 days and nothing happened. I called HR today and she didn't come on phone but told the operator to tell me that she would call me back in 5 minutes. The day is over and she never called or emailed.

      What should I do? Is it that they found my salary expectation more? Has the job been assigned to someone else? They said they were forming a new team so I know there are couple of people to be hired. Should I be waiting for an email or call from them or move on?

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      Renee 5 years ago

      Hi Patty,

      I was referred to a company and in turn was given a phone interview, it went very well and I was scheduled for an in-person interview this past Monday. I felt the in-person interview went well, I felt confident and qualified for the position. I am a recent college graduate with minimal experience so it seems that this is my biggest handicap. The interview was relatively short, around 30- minutes and ended with the interviewer stating that he had to speak with the manger of the department ( he was one rank below her) and tell her about me. He said he knew how it felt to be waiting so he'd get back with me very soon. The next day I sent him a thank-you email and told him I look forward to speaking with him regarding the position. He responded by thanking me, and restating if I had any questions about the position or company I shouldn't hesitate to ask him. So that's where we ended, tomorrow will be three days since our interview and I still don't have a response. From his responding email stating if I have questions then I shouldn't hesitate to ask, does this mean I'm still in the running for the position? I've only been on a few interviews since graduating and am unsure how to "read" employers. I'm very eager to work for this company and I'm driving myself crazy wondering if I stand a chance. Any input is appreciated, thank-you!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Lissa - The company is finished, for now. After 30 days, call and ask if another position might be open for which you might be considered.

      In the final decision, often applicants with the personality and appearance that is most like that of people already working at the company are hired.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      YJ - I think you did the best you could, without calling someone to ask the the person's name and correct spelling. You could still do that and email a Thank You (get his email address).If no call by Tuesday afternoon, call to inquire about the hiring decision.