Negotiating job offers

“How long until I hear back after a job interview?”

It depends! Here are some email templates to help you find out.

by Josh Doody

You just finished an interview and you think it went pretty well. Or maybe it didn’t? You want to play it cool and wait to hear back, but you know the recruiter is probably busy with other candidates and you don’t want to fall through the cracks.

How long until you hear back? And how long should you wait to follow up if you don’t hear anything for a while?

It depends on the individual company. Some companies will interview the candidate and then immediately introduce them to a colleague for the next interview. Some companies will interview the candidate and their next interview won’t be until weeks later.

The best way to find out how long it will be between interviews is to ask your contact at the company (usually a recruiter). Here are two email templates you can use. Just swap any [bold text in brackets] with your own information and you’re good to go!

Post-interview follow-up email template (to be sent immediately after the first interview)

How long should you wait to follow up again?

Some companies will let you know if they decide not to move forward with you, and some companies won’t. It’s difficult to know which you’re dealing with, so you may want to send one more follow-up email after about a week to make sure they haven’t forgotten about you.

One-week follow-up email template

You can ping the recruiter (or your contact) about once a week for a few weeks. If they don’t get back to you at all within about three weeks, they’ve probably decided not to move forward with you in the interview process.

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