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Follow Up Phone Call

It is important for a job applicant to remember that his or her attempt at seizing a particular position will not end with the interview. This is important because an individual that is applying for a specific position may only be one of a number of applicants that an employer is considering. As a result, it is important for an applicant to make sure that he or she is not lost or forgotten in the confusion. In order to accomplish this, it is typically a good idea for an applicant to make a follow up phone call. However, there are a few things about following up with a phone call that a job applicant should remember.

First, if the interviewer or the job posting asked you not to call, don't call. Some interviewers and/or organizations are simply too busy to field phone calls from every applicant and your interviewer will not appreciate it if you call when you were specifically asked not to. It is important to note that this does not mean that you shouldn't follow up, but instead that you should follow up with a letter or an e-mail instead of a phone call if you are asked not to call. Secondly, try to get an idea of what you're going to say before you place the follow up phone call. This is important because the primary goal of the call is to refresh the interviewer's memory and leave the interviewer with the impression that you are a great employee. If you can't remember anything about the company, anything about what the interviewer said during the interview, and/or can't remember what you were going to say, it will be very difficult to impress the interviewer.

Third, be prepared to ask and answer questions during the follow up phone call. Most follow ups are typically not very complicated, but the interviewer may ask you to clarify something on your resume or ask you to provide more information about something that you said during the interview. If the interviewer seems to be out of questions, it may be helpful to ask the interviewer if there's anything else that he or she would like to know about your resume or background or if he or she knows when a hiring decision will be made. Finally, once you actually make the call, make sure to ask for the interviewer by name and make sure that you are prepared to leave a message if the interviewer is unavailable.


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Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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