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Is It Annoying to Keep Calling for a Job?

by Naomi Millburn

Victories in the job-hunting world are all about the subtle details. While you want interviewers to be aware of your zeal regarding your desired position, you definitely don't want them to misconstrue your keenness as being desperate, annoying or out of line, either. Incessant phone follow-ups are never a good idea.

Phone Call Time Frame

Refrain from calling your job interviewer to follow up immediately after your appointment. She'll likely be so occupied with other interviews that she won't have time to have a meaningful discussion with you. She also probably won't have a decision so soon after. If your interviewer gave you a specific time in which to follow up with her, go with that. Never call her any sooner than the date she mentions. You don't want to give her the impression that listening isn't your strong suit. If she doesn't offer a follow-up time, take it upon yourself to ask her.

Good Time to Follow Up

If you didn't get the chance to ask your interviewer when to contact her for follow-up, avoid calling until about three days after your meeting. Three days is generally reasonable in that it allows the interviewer ample time to think about you as a candidate -- without giving her enough time to forget you. Remember that recruitment officers sometimes meet with dozens of individuals over the course of several days, weeks or even months.

No Multiple Phone Calls

Expressing your seriousness about a job often goes a long way. You want your prospective employer to think that you're passionate about working there, after all. It generally only takes one phone call to convey that. If you call more than that or barrage the recruiter with incessant calls, you risk annoying her and appearing overly eager. Remember, if the employer's interested, she'll get back to you -- and often even call you first. Calling an interviewer for follow-up numerous times a day or week will do nothing other than frustrate and irk her, so be smart -- and moderate -- in your approach.

Giving Your Thanks

If you walk out of an interview feeling pumped about the prospect of securing the position, calling the company isn't the only way to show your eagerness. A simple note can also go a long way, whether you email or send a letter to your interviewer. Send this note as soon as you can. Not only can sending a thank you communicate your interest in a company and its position; it also can serve as a thoughtful and gracious token of appreciation to the interviewer for talking to you -- proper job-hunting etiquette.

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