Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
A typical response from HR would be “We’re really trying to fast track this, so you’ll definitely hear back from us in the next few days.” You’re thrilled with that response, shake hands excitedly, and head home.
However, I strongly recommend a follow-up question, one that will save you some stress:
The simple sentence you need to say at the end of your next interview: “That sounds great. If I don’t hear back from you by Friday afternoon, would it be ok if I followed up with you?”
The inevitable the answer is “Oh sure, no problem at all! But you should really hear from us well before then.”