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Job Skills Sending a Follow-Up Email 3 Weeks After the Interview?

  1. Dec 21, 2011 #1
    I had a phone interview a little over 3 weeks ago and at the conclusion of the conversation they told me that they would send an email telling me if I got the internship or not.

    I didn't send a follow up email yet, but now I am wondering if I should? Is it too late? Should I do anything other than wait for their email?
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  3. Dec 21, 2011 #2
    I don't think it can hurt to send one, especially not after three weeks. Three weeks seems to be just perfect in terms of waiting time; you don't seem too pushy and not too apathetic either. I say go for it, what's the worst that could happen, not get the job? On the positive side, you might just land it. Good luck! :)
  4. Dec 21, 2011 #3


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    Lesson for next the next job interview: ask them what timescale you should expect a reply!

    There's the obvious possibiility that they got your email address wrong (though they konw your phone number, so they should have been able to contact you somehow).

    The other thing to remember is that "lemons ripen faster than cherries". In other words, if you were a reject they would probably tell you fairly quickly and "delete" you from their records, but you may have to wait till they have processed all the applicants before you get an "accept" decision, and that can take time for reasons outside of anybody's control.

    I don't see anything wrong in asking the question after a 2 or 3 week wait, though. Just send an "neutral" email saying you haven't heard from them yet, and asking them when they expect to make a decision. Don't make it sound as if you are desparate for the position - doing that won't improve your chances of getting it.
  5. Dec 21, 2011 #4
    thanks for the responses guys. I forgot to mention that they told me at the end of the interview that I would hear the result in a few weeks (whatever that means).

    Also, in the follow up email, what should I even say? Everything I write out ends up sounding like "please let me know if i got the job or not", and they already know I am probably wondering that! Any tips?
  6. Dec 22, 2011 #5
    Just a "please let me know the status of my application." One other thing is that if you truthfully need to know quickly because you are considering another offer, it's good to mention that. Also, it may be slow because everyone is on holiday now.

    Typically, things can get slow if you run into a situation in which you are number two or three on the list, and they are waiting for number one to say yes or no, before they can tell you.
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