An honest job if I can find one
August 23, 2011 12:25 PM Subscribe
That question about following up after an interview.
posted by pineappleheart to Work & Money (14 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I am desperately unemployed and had a first interview for a job I'd really like three weeks ago. The interviewer liked me and signed me up for a second interview with his supervisor immediately; that interview took place two weeks ago today. The second interview was brief. I was asked no questions. The supervisor simply told me to send her three references, a copy of my undergraduate degree, and my graduate school transcript, after which she would schedule me for an HR interview and background check. I wasn't given any time frame for when this might happen (English was not the interviewer's first language and she had some trouble communicating with me, which may be why the interview was so very short). I was also not told that I would be informed of any decision, which means that I might not be contacted if I didn't get it.
I know that the supervisor hasn't contacted any of my references, as I've been in touch with all of them. My boyfriend thinks this is a sure sign that I didn't get the job and that two weeks is an incredibly long time, but that since it would help me move on, I should send a follow-up e-mail to ask if I'm still in the running for the position. I think that follow-ups are a bit rude, but I'm dying of anxiety over here and would love to hear anything, even if it's that they noticed I had a C in one class on my grad school transcript and can't accept a subpar employee.
1.) Is two weeks really a long time? Is it acceptable to write a follow-up e-mail at this point since I was given no timeframe for their decision-making process?
2.) What might you say in a follow-up e-mail? I've never had to write one, but the examples I see on the Internet are horrifying and seem designed for corporate go-getters. I'd like something gentle and unobnoxious since I'm sure these people are busy and I just want to confirm that I'm no longer a candidate.