How To Follow Up On A Job Application

Waiting to hear back from a potential employer after submitting a job application can be nerve-racking and often causes unneeded stress. Many people assume that an application is the only chance they get to make a good impression on a potential employer before an interview. However, after submitting an application, following up with the company can give you a little more leverage over applicants that never bother.

Make a Phone Call

Calling the company after you submit an application to follow-up, lets them know you are interested in the position. Ideally, you should make a follow-up call between 2 days to 1 week after you submit your application.
This gives the hiring manager enough time to look through all of the submitted job applications and find potentially qualified candidates. When you call to follow-up with the hiring manager, it is best to simply state why you are calling and inquire about whether or not a position with the company is still available.

When you choose to make a follow-up call, one call will suffice. If you get voice mail, leave your name, number and the day you submitted your application. Thank the person in the voice mail and do not call again. Obsessively calling the hiring manager after you submit your application can seem overly-aggressive and could end up hurting your chances of scoring an interview.


Email is becoming more acceptable as a way to follow-up with a hiring manager after submitting an application. If you have the person’s email address, write an email to the person that includes information such as the day you submitted your application, as well as your qualifications. Sending out an email 2 days to 1 week after you submit your application is an adequate amount of time to give the interviewer to look through all applications.

Often you can get the hiring manager’s email address when you submit your application. Ask for a business card from an employee. Certain businesses even have the information online.Writing one follow-up email is more than enough. If you do not get a response, wait two weeks after the first email and send another one. In the second email, Inquire about any information regarding the position you applied for. If you do not receive a response after your second email, leave the hiring manager alone. The manager may not be hiring at the moment and sending too many emails can hurt your chances of eventually getting an interview later on.

Physically Inquiring

After you’ve submitted your application, you can always go by the company and request to speak to the hiring manager. Going in person to inquire about your job application gives the hiring manager a face to put to the name on an application, while also giving you the opportunity to show that you are interested in working for them.

When you go to inquire about your application in person, always dress nice and do not act pushy. Simply state why you wanted to see the manager, give him the date that you submitted your application and your name. Sometimes talking briefly about the job and your qualifications is acceptable, as long as the hiring manager is willing to talk about them.

When Not To Follow-Up After Submitting an Application

You should always follow-up with a company after submitting an application, unless it specifically states not to. If the company specifically states that applicants should not follow-up about their application, then it is best to simply leave the company alone. Going against a no follow-up request could immediately take you out of the running for an interview.

If you are no longer interested in the job after applying, there is no need to follow-up about your application. Instead, if the hiring manager calls you for an interview, politely decline and tell him you have found another job.

1 comment… read it below or add one

skahorse November 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Interesting text…love this line : “When you go to inquire about your application in person, always dress nice and do not act pushy”


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