Following up after interview - how soon is too soon?

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Apologies if I'm just over-thinking this, but I interviewed with a PE firm last week and they said they'd get back to me this week, letting me know either way. Haven't heard anything yet and was wondering if it's appropriate to reach out even though the week still isn't quite over yet.

Thanks.

how soon should i follow up after an interview

At the end of your interview thank the interviewer for their time and ask when to expect a call/email about their decisions. You can reach out about a week after the follow-up date if you haven't heard anything. This ensures that you aren't pestering them but are still in the know.

If you did not receive any follow-up date then wait about 2 or 3 weeks after your interview to reach out.

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I always did when I was interviewing is ask them when I expect to hear back (a specific day, even if this is "end of next week), then inevitably they wouldn't follow up (not intentionally usually), and I'd have set my calendar to follow up exactly 1 week after their deadline.

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Jul 17, 2014

NO.

the week is not over, they said this week. personally, I'd wait until Thursday to email or call them. NEVER EVER EVER follow up before the deadline, always add on a few days of extra cushion. I know it's nerve racking, but this will help you learn more patience.

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Jul 17, 2014

Thanks for the input. Had a feeling it'd come off as annoying.

Yeah it's driving me crazy especially since this firm is my top choice and I'm beginning other interview processes right now and really hoping to avoid going through that again.

Jul 17, 2014

it's part of the game. one thing I always did when I was interviewing is ask them when I expect to hear back (a specific day, even if this is "end of next week), then inevitably they wouldn't follow up (not intentionally usually), and I'd have set my calendar to follow up exactly 1 week after their deadline. I chose this arbitrarily but I think it's close enough so that it's fresh in their minds but far away enough that you won't be seen as pestering them.

Jul 17, 2014

I agree I would wait until Monday to follow up

Jul 17, 2014

Very rarely have I ever heard anything by the "hear back" date, doesnt really mean anything. Follow up on Tuesday at the earliest.

Jul 17, 2014

Yeah seems reasonable to followup with HR

Jul 17, 2014

Contact the person you interviewed with on Monday to verify the present standing. Sounds like they are waiting to hear back from another candidate.

Jul 17, 2014

It varies greatly. Some firms never reply. Some take a long time to move candidates through the process. And other times, the person you would interview with next could be too busy to select second round candidates. You never know.

Call or email your contact. It is reasonable and customary to ask for a timeline.

I interviewed with a firm 2k miles from where I am based. They flew me in and put me through the paces for an entire day: case study, model, presentation and interviewed with 6 or 7 people. It went so well that 3 partners took me to dinner that night. Then, no reply. No one even responded to my inquiries. When I received an offer from them 4 weeks later, I declined because they were so unprofessional.

If you don't hear back about a timeline for the hiring process, you might find this is not the place for you.

Jul 17, 2014

Call them up

Jul 17, 2014

Hi Phanster,

It can be frustrating in a situation like this (I have been there). Is this the only job you are looking at? the reason I ask is that to wait or follow up depends on your situation. I understand when you have to follow up with the HR for interviews and appointment dates. Normally, my experience has been that HR in bulge bracket banks take time to get back and need follow ups. I would state that such a behavior is unprofessional but one has got to live with it as you are at the receiving end at that point. With a boutique firm, given that the interviewers agreed to get back, I dont see a reason for them not acknowledging your e-mail. Since none of the analysts responded to your first and second attempts, may be you should write to the associate and check on the status. Personally, I think this is unprofessional on their part. It takes 2 minutes to write a reply... what ever the result is..

AV

Jul 17, 2014

Do you think its better to email or when should I wait to give them a call? Do I call the analysts, or should I call the HR?

Jul 17, 2014

Call whoever can be reached. Clearly the analysts couldnt be bothered. I mean, interviewers make decision within minutes, given that you had your interview already, regardless of the way you contact them will not affect the status of outcome. You might as well try everything to get hold them and receive a peace of mind.

Jul 17, 2014

Still haven't received a response from anyone. I called the analysts, associates, and HR today - left a voice mail for one of the analysts. Anyone have any ideas?

Jul 17, 2014

prob won't affect you at all, don't worry

Jul 17, 2014

yes, overkill, stop.

Jul 17, 2014

probably wouldn't have sent the second email

Jul 17, 2014

DING

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

Jul 17, 2014

second one makes you look desperate

Jul 17, 2014

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Jul 17, 2014

I usually do day of and just say "it was a pleasure speaking with you etc. etc." then later if you need anything, they will be glad to hit you back

Jul 17, 2014

Does this company (the investment firm in Chicago) know that you have another offer right now?

Jul 17, 2014

i know a friend who applied for an analyst position at a consulting firm, was told he'd have an answer several times and eventually did not hear anything... why cant HR have the decency to shoot an email at least. he didnt care though because he accepted another offer.

Jul 17, 2014

If they said that they'd have a better idea by the end of last week I think it would be more than reasonable to follow up this week.

Jul 17, 2014

no...I wouldn't do it.

"Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, 'Would an idiot do that?' And if they would, I do NOT do that thing."
-Dwight Schrute, "The Office"-

Jul 17, 2014

Definitely do not say, "I am also interviewing..." it will not impress anyone. He doesn't care.

You should follow up with him by forwarding your prior email(s) and say that you're just checking-in / wanted to make sure he received your prior email(s).

If you live in the same city, invite the MD to meet over coffee or lunch. If you're not in the area, can you make a trip to go see friends that live in that city? ...and leave on Thurs. night, so you can meet him on Friday.

The end result of your follow up email is to not seem like you're being a pest (even though you really are, it's called persistence) and offer to setup a time to meet or have a phone call to discuss his area of expertise.

Jul 17, 2014

Don't do it. It would be weird. You did not make it to the second round, so it means you did not make a connection with him. Since he is not one of your contacts, I guarantee that he does not remember interviewing you.

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Jul 17, 2014
Gekko21:

Don't do it. It would be weird. You did not make it to the second round, so it means you did not make a connection with him. Since he is not one of your contacts, I guarantee that he does not remember interviewing you.

Agree. It would be extremely weird.

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Jul 17, 2014

In my experience, receiving a brief note from an interviewer is generally a good sign. That is not to say that you are guaranteed an offer (or even a trip to the next round), but most people will tend not to send a note in response to a follow-up if they don't like you.

Jul 17, 2014

If you got a response from an interviewer that is a good sign. Then hopefully the MD will call you an hour or two later...

Jul 17, 2014

Yea it was final round interviews and the emails were from a mix of mds, vps, and associates. One told me that HR would contact me soon. Fingers crossed...

Thanks for the info guys.

People tend to think life is a race with other people. They don't realize that every moment they spend sprinting towards the finish line is a moment they lose permanently, and a moment closer to their death.

Jul 17, 2014

Good luck! Def a good sign.

However, it really just depends how nice/free the interviewer is also. If i'm not doing shit and I get a nice thank you e-mail, I wouldn't mind saying "nice talking to you, good luck".

Jul 17, 2014

Call her.

Jul 17, 2014

maybe its a test of determination and focus? If you cant be fucked to contact someone when its a bit hard for a job you Badly want then what use are you to, well, anyone?

Jul 17, 2014

thanks fellas, gonna call her first thing in the morning

Jul 17, 2014

Replied to your PM - sorry took so long.

Jul 17, 2014

Never call to follow up. It's awkward. Email him two or three days after the interview. Keep it short and sincere, too - thank them for the opportunity. Don't bother with questions or long-winded responses.

Jul 17, 2014

what about the fact that he ended the interview asking me how much $$ i want, is that any kind of positive sign.

Jul 17, 2014
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