How to Follow Up on Job Applications

When you see a job listing, you will apply for it once the qualifications match your background and skill set. Sometimes, the response is immediate; but, there will also be times when it will take a long time before you get a response.

Some companies take a while to reply to job applications because their hiring process can take a long time. Following up about your job application is alright, but you need to make sure you don’t appear pushy and impatient while the hiring process is underway.

If you want to follow up on your job application, here are some great tips you can follow:

Wait For Two Weeks Before Following Up

When following up on a job application, you must allow the hiring team to review your application before expecting a reply.

Job experts recommend waiting up to two weeks to let this process happen before following up on your application. By this time, the hiring team should provide you with the information you need for the next step.

Find The Correct Email Or Phone Number To Contact

If two weeks have passed, you need to ensure you have the correct contact details to reach the hiring manager handling the applications. Usually, the details are posted on the job listing, but you need to search for them on the company’s website or social media pages.

Be Brief And Professional

Once you have the correct email or contact number to reach out to for your follow up, make sure to keep your message as brief as possible. The hiring manager already has your resume and other details, so when you follow up with them, you remind them that you are looking forward to discussing the job with them.

While speaking to them, it is crucial you stay professional throughout to let them know you are serious about the job and not there to make friends with them.

Check Their Socials

You may be able to check the updates regarding the hiring process on the company’s social media pages. You can also engage directly in these pages to let the company know that you are interested in working with them.

Thank Them

When you follow up with the hiring team, make sure to thank them for giving your message time and attention. You can also use the message to prompt them to begin the next step of the hiring process, either reviewing your references or getting the interview scheduled. Let the hiring manager know your current contact details to reach out to you once they are ready to proceed to the next step.


It is very nerve-wracking to wait for a job application to push through, especially if this is the first one you are applying for. Don’t be afraid to follow up if you haven’t heard from them for a while, but make sure to tailor your message correctly so they won’t see you as a distraction.

It can be confusing to understand interview etiquettes, here are some important points to remember:
How to Emphasise Your Personal Strengths During an Interview
10 Questions You Should Absolutely Ask an Interviewer
Should You Send A Thank You Note After Your Interview?

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Willow Croft says:

    Good tips, thanks!


  2. newwhitebear says:

    Good post. Useful advice. Your posts are always interesting


  3. Great advice, Kally, particularly the part about waiting a couple weeks.

    I think some people rush things, thinking their haste shows enthusiasm or purposefulness. In reality, it merely confuses, then annoys, the people the applicant is trying to win.

    Oh, they’re impressed, all right, though not in a good way.


  4. Happy Halloween Kally!🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃


  5. Thanks for sharing this useful information. Sometimes waiting to hear back from an employer can become stressful, I’ve been there. Stay safe, and God bless you.


  6. Thanks for sharing these tips! It’s especially nice to also have a specific time frame for following up. I do try to be mindful of always thanking people during and after the job application process. I think it helps to keep my attitude positive as well as being courteous.


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