Please Keep Looking While Waiting to Hear Back From an Interview

I know that waiting to hear back from an interview is one of the hardest parts of the interview process, not only from personal experience but from all the comments readers have shared with us on Work Coach Cafe. Unfortunately, there are only so many actions you can take at that point related to the actual job you are waiting to hear back from.

So first, let’s take a look at what you can do.

Some Directly-Related Things You Can Do While Waiting

  1. Send a thank-you note as soon as possible. E-mail is fine, but a nice handwritten snail mail note always stands out for me. It takes extra effort, but that’s kind of the point. Of course, if your gut tells you e-mail is a better fit for the person or company, stick with that.
  2. Follow up – but not too quickly or too often. Depending on what they indicated about the length of the process, if you haven’t heard after about two weeks (yes, it can take that long and longer, depending on the type of job, and be totally OK), send a short note expressing your continued interest. For more see: How Often Should I Call an Employer After My Interview?
  3. Keep an eye open for articles or social media alerts about the company.  You can use anything interesting you find in your follow-up note, but only if it shows you are on top of things and is a positive reflection on you and them. Better to leave something like this out of the note: “Hey I saw your profits are down. Bummer.”
  4. Get good at waiting. This is a time that drives even the best of us nuts. The more you learn to handle the waiting, the saner you’ll stay. But also, when you’re stuck obsessing about not hearing back and how THEY should be doing things differently, then you lose some of your strength, and this will show in any subsequent interviews and contacts with that company as well as others. For more see: I Got the Post-Interview Temporary OCD Blues

What Else You Need to Do While Waiting

For some people, this is the hardest part – but it really pays to keep looking. Even if this is your all-time dream job and you know you hit it off with the interviewer(s) and you absolutely want this job more than anything…keep looking.


  1. It gives you something else to focus on while waiting to hear from the job you really want.
  2. It can help you see that, should this job not happen for you, there are other options.
  3. In follow-up interactions with the company, knowing you have other options helps you stay strong – and also keeps you from seeming desperate.
  4. You may actually find something better. As hard as it is to believe, I’ve had people write to tell me that is exactly what happened to them.
  5. You may not get the job, and this gives you a head start on finding the next opportunity. 

So while I totally get that it’s easy to get caught up in the “this is THE job I want and I’ll hold my breath until I get it” syndrome, continuing to look as if there were no other possibilities is a great way to maximize your chances of getting a job  – and staying sane!

Good luck! And if you have some stories about finding cool job possibilities while waiting, I’d love to hear them!

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About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.

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