Follow up after phone interview - Associate position

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I had a phone interview for an associate position with a BB over a week ago and I haven't heard back yet.
I am wondering whether I should follow up yet or not. I want to be fresh on their minds but also don't want to tick them off by appearing to be pushy. What would be the best way to go about this?

Comments (19)

Oct 27, 2009

Send them an email politely asking for an update

Oct 27, 2009

Thanks Sac. Not hearing for over a week: Is this is a good, bad or neutral sign?

Any one else? Thanks.

Oct 27, 2009

Not hearing anything for over a week is more bad than not. In general, firms are more assiduous at getting back with people they like than not. If this was part of a formal process its not good.

That being said, you should follow up with a polite email, it can't hurt. They could have just been busy or be waiting to finish up other interviews or a dozen other things.

Oct 27, 2009

Thanks PowerMonkey. I was wondering if inquiring with them would force them to take a decision about me. In case I have been put on a second list, that could be a bad outcome for me.

Oct 27, 2009

It could be bad but I've received call backs/an offer after as long as two weeks. Senior people at Consulting/IB firms travel a lot so you have to take that into account, they may not have even sat down yet to discuss the candidates.

Oct 27, 2009

I'd agree it's probably not the most promising sign, but this year I've had a few lengthy delays with firms I interviewed with but they turned out fine. Some of these were positions that I was going for through the back door so that might explain it, but keep your head up either way.

It can't hurt to shoot out an e-mail asking for an update though. Use this as an opportunity to reiterate your enthusiasm for the position and touch on a few things you may have learned from the initial interview. Also, if you have other prospects that could make this firm want you more, i.e. leads at another BB, then mention that. You probably have much more experience than me given you are pursuing an associate role, but thought I'd chime in regardless. Good luck!

Oct 27, 2009

I do not think you should send anything. It will be taken as forceful.

It took me up to 8 days to hear back from some BB firms after phone interview, but they always got back to me. It seemed like forever but they just need more than a week in some instances.

Oct 27, 2009

Thanks Sac and Papertrail. I am thinking of following up. There is no way to really tell if it would help or hurt, any more than just waiting. So might as well do it :)

Apr 20, 2016

waiting is not a bad thing so you are no out of the game yet. having said that, at this point i don't think sending a note to follow-up would hurt. break a leg.

Apr 24, 2016

I'm glad you answered this 7 years later hopefully he hasn't been waiting around Until your response

Apr 26, 2016

I was hoping someone would notice my impeccable timing. All joking aside, i answered more for the next guy looking through this forum for an answer to the same question. Plus i was really drunk so might not have noticed the date! :)

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Apr 26, 2016

I would. It can't hurt. Just be polite and show your interest. You won't get what you don't ask for.

Apr 26, 2016

hm okay I just don't want to seem annoying

Apr 26, 2016

That's a tricky question and I have not really made a decision on which is best. I suppose emailing the associate would work, but its going to be HR that arranges everything and tells you what to do. The associate that interviewed literally looked at your resume for 5 minutes before he called you, so there might not be a strong connection there. Also, you are unlikely to get a response from that email if he rejected you. I would write a nicely worded email to both HR and the associate. Something along the lines of "I am following up on my application, ii really enjoyed speaking wiht you, very excited about position, ectt..... If you don't hear back after that email, politely move one because you did not get it.

Remember interviewing in a numbers game. You learn something new with every interview. It could be how to answer a tricky question, learning how to better articulate yourself, or become a better networker...the most important thing is that you took something out of it regardless. Good Luck and I hope you get the offer.

Warning: This post was written with only two hours of sleep. I have edited it three times already and I am sure there are more mistakes.....I need to go to bed.

Apr 26, 2016

Just write

Dear Recruiter,

It was a pleasure speaking with you. If the voice is indicative of one's visage, I cannot wait to meet you in person ;).

Yours truly,