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So your excellent résumé led to an interview with a top oil company in your area, and you feel things went well. It’s been a few days since the interview and you haven’t heard anything from the company. Are you going to get a second interview or maybe a job offer?

Despite your need to know, it’s best not to pester the company’s HR staff for the latest news on your status. So what are the best ways to follow up on a job interview without being a pest? Here are a few options to consider.

Sending a Thank You Note is not being a Pest
Soon after the interview, make sure you send a quick “thank you” letter or email to the interviewer(s). Doing so doesn’t make you a pest. Thank them for the opportunity; restate your interest in the position, and mention that you are looking forward to hearing back from them.

This is a standard practice that nicely expresses your interest in the company and it is a common professional courtesy. Don’t call them on the phone — use an email, letter or even a text message. The only time a phone call is appropriate in this situation is if the phone was the primary method of contact between you and the hiring manager — but an email works best.

Don’t bring up Salary and Benefits in a Follow Up
Make sure you don’t mention salary or benefits in a follow up note. Leave that discussion for a “face-to-face” meeting — either a second interview or a phone call to discuss a job offer. Doing so in a follow up note increases the possibility of you being considered a pest.

Ask about Any Additional Contact First
Make it a point to inquire about any additional contact with the hiring manager in your thank you email. If they respond and are open to contact in a week or so, feel free to send another follow up if you haven’t heard back. A lack of response might indicate a lack of interest on their part, but don’t push the issue. If they are interested in you, you will know it!

If you need additional advice on handling the interview process, talk to the experts at Global Personnel. One of the top oil industry staffing agencies in West Texas, we can help you further your career. Contact our team of experienced recruiters today!

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