Aaron Gouveia has worked as the Content Manager of Salary.com since 2011. Prior to that, he was an award-winning journalist at several prominent New England newspapers. Read more...
You know the scenario. You just went on an interview and you think it went well. They told you they’d call you “soon.” But 10 minutes later in your car you’re wondering what soon means. A few days go by, then a week, and suddenly you’re teetering on the edge of insanity wondering whether or not you’re going to tick them off by calling them to see if a decision has been made.
First of all, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask about the timeframe of a decision at the end of an interview. Also, you can even go so far as to say “Is it OK if I contact you if I haven’t heard from you by (fill in the time period)?” But if you didn’t do that during the interview and you want to check in, try sending an e-mail or calling the person – but with a caveat. Don’t just ask if a decision has been made. Think of something pertinent to your interview and expand on it, like “I know you’re probably still interviewing candidates but I was thinking back to our conversation about sales and I realized I forgot to tell you about (fill in the blank).”
This way it’s less badgering and more informative.