05.-Personal-Branding-componentsBy: Kathy Cady (Guest Post)

After you’ve been interviewed for a job position you’ve been dying to get, the only thing left for you to do is to wait until the interviewer calls you for positive news. Fact is, most companies only call back their successful applicants and those who didn’t make the cut will just be placed on the sidelines.

     However, there are also some instances wherein feedback seems to take forever but only to find out in the end that you have actually been chosen for a specific position. In times like these, and if you have a really great feeling about your interview, it might be best to follow-up on your application as politely as possible.

Don’t Forget the Business Card
Even before you leave the interview, be sure to ask for a business card. That way, you’re going to know who you should contact.  So when it’s time to send that thank you card or make a phone call, you will know exactly who you should call up.

Follow Up — Follow Not
Let’s say that you really feel great about your interview because you were able to answer all the questions with confidence and feel that your credentials and personality is a perfect match for the position. If this is the case, then you can follow-up your application by politely calling the interviewer. This can only be done if you have the person’s number. Otherwise, if your main form of communication is through email or Skype, then this is where you should conduct your follow-up.

How Often Should You Follow Up
Now let’s say you’ve already followed up on your application once and after two days, you still didn’t get a reply. If this is the case, you shouldn’t follow-up your application again because the interviewer might think that you are impatient and might not consider you anymore. If a week has already passed, then trust your gut feel for the perfect time to do your second follow up. If after this one you still don’t get any response, chances are it’s time to give up with this application.

Don’t Forget the Letter
Don’t focus so much on the phone calls, but rather, don’t forget about the thank you letter as well.  By sending that thank you letter, it’s going to show the interviewer that you really care that they took the time out of their day to interview you.  In a recent study, most said that it’s okay to send this letter through email, rather than the regular mail.

Personal Appearance
A common misconception among applicants is that they when they follow-up, they think that it’s better to do it in person if only to prove that you are really serious about your application. But this is definitely not the case because what if you get to the office at a bad time and would be required to wait for very long hours only to find out that a decision hasn’t been finalized. Worse yet, what if your interviewer feels that you are demanding an immediate decision and feels that’s the reason you’re there? So it’s always better do it through email and as formally as possible.

     In the end, if after doing all these things you still do not get any feedback from the company you are interviewed for, don’t worry and just let it go. Chances are there are some things about you and the job description that do not match together. Anyway, if you are confident about your capabilities, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a better job soon.

Kathy Cady works for the website, <a href=”“>How Much</a> — A collection of more than 2,000 guides that help you find out the prices of things.

I’m a careers and college recruiter, coach, public speaker and leader at The Career Closet. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college

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