One of the most frequently asked job search questions on the Internet is: How should I follow up on a job application?
Lindsay (not her real name) asked me a similar question that had a twist: Shortly after her job interview the employer called one of her references, which led Lindsay to believe that she would be offered the job. But now, after two weeks, she still hasn't heard a peep from the employer.
Let's look at Lindsay's question, followed by my answer.
Should I Follow Up on a Job Application?
Exactly two weeks ago I had an interview with a great company. I left feeling very optimistic, and the company expressed interest in hiring me for the job. Within the next few days I heard from my previous boss that they had already contacted him as a reference.
I am anticipating a response as to whether I got the job or not, and would like to send them an email concerning my application status. How do you think I should approach this question through email? --Lindsay
Setting Expectations During the Interview
Lindsay, how did you leave things at the end of your interview? It would have been good to clarify the employer's hiring process and timeline so you could set realistic expectations.
If the employer had said, "We'll be making our decision in two weeks," then you might have asked, "Will you be contacting me or would it be alright for me to contact someone on your staff two weeks from now?" This sort of respectful closure to the meeting would have told you how and when to communicate appropriately with the manager.
Immediate Thank You Email After the Interview
Then, immediately after the interview, you should have written a thank you email, which could have restated your intention to call in two weeks, or expect an email from the employer in two weeks, or whatever you and the manager agreed to.
How to Follow Up Now
At this point, your best bet is to send a belated thank you email that also asks if a decision has been made.
However, before sending that email, check your spam folder to be sure the employer hasn't already sent you an email about the status of your application. Maybe a job offer (or rejection) was sent and you simply didn't get it in your in-mail box. If, there's no email from the employer, then go ahead and send that short, polite thank you email that expresses your continued interest in the job.
So that's my answer to "How Should I Follow Up on a Job Application?"
Good luck with this application, Lindsay. I hope you get the job!