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Follow-Up After No Response to an Interview

Summary:

This section covers writing additional correspondence beyond cover letters including reference requests, interview follow-up letters, inquiry letters, acceptance and rejection letters, request for further negotiations letters and thank you letters.

The follow-up letter required when you receive no response to an interview is the subtlest of the follow-up letters. It is normally employed for two reasons: either the company is painfully slow in making decisions, or you have other offers pending and you want to hurry the decision along. If you have other offers, you must in all fairness contact the firms who have spent money and time on your interviews and visits to the firm before accepting another position. The main purpose of the letter is to request that a decision about your application be made.

What do you include?

  • Restate the position you interviewed for.
  • Make specific reference to your visit to the company or your interview.
  • If given a deadline by your interviewer as to when you should expect to hear from the company, state it. Also include any deadlines you have received from other companies.
  • Request that action be taken to either inform you of the status of your application or make an employment decision.

Remember to use an appropriate tone when writing this letter — you don't want to cause the scales to tip the other way!

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