Waiting to hear back about a job? How to follow-up to get an answer

I think we can all agree that waiting to hear back about a job isn’t topping anyone’s list of favorite hobbies. Every time your phone rings or your email dings, you stop what you’re doing just in case it’s news on the job front. Will you get an interview? Will you get an offer? Maybe you even pick up one of those automated scam calls, just on the off chance that the hiring manager is suddenly calling you from a blocked number or remote location.

So, more power to you if you decide to take matters into your own hands and write a note. That said, as with everything else, you need to find a way to phrase what you’re really thinking (i.e., “Hire me!” ) in the best way possible.

Read on for five lines TO AVOID, as well as better options.

1. “You Said You’d Get Back to Me on Monday, and It’s Tuesday.”

2. “Why Haven’t You Gotten Back to Me?”

3. “I’d Really Appreciate Any Response Whatsoever.”

4. “I Have Another Offer. Do You Have a Decision Yet?”

5. “I’m Disappointed You Never Wrote Me Back.”



By Trisha Doyle
Trisha Doyle Career Coach and Student Help Desk Manager Trisha Doyle