Following up before or after an interview session with a company or organization you desire to be part of can be the deal breaker. It can potentially land you the job because you would always remain on the recruiter or hiring manager’s mind. But you don’t want to be too pushy about this; otherwise, the hiring manager might favor other candidates over you.
Fortunately, there are tried and tested ways you can follow up on a job application without being too pushy or impolite. Adhering to the follow up procedures we will share in this guide will help pave the way for you and boost your chances of being selected as the best candidate for the job.
In this guide, you will learn the best way to follow up on a job application as an evaluator. We will also show you how to write a follow up email that will stand you out from the crowd. That’s not all; you will also learn how to follow up on a job application by phone without sounding too pushy.
Ready to become a pro in following up job applications? Then let’s get started!
How to follow up on a job application #
Below is a step-by-step guide on the best ways to follow up on a job application as an evaluator.
#1. Use your connections #
Before anything else, make sure you leverage your professional and business contacts. The idea behind this step is to see whether you know one or two persons in the organization you are targeting. If you eventually know someone who’s already working in the organization, ask the person to inform the recruiter about your job application or interview as the case maybe. If that’s not feasible, your contact can also put you in touch with the hiring manager.
If you don’t have a contact in the organization, then proceed to the next step.
#2. Get the hiring manager’s contact details #
The first thing to do when you are looking to get the hiring manager’s contact details is to look at the job posting or the job advertisements. If you are applied for the job through a job board, you can look for the recruiter’s email address in the job posting or check the official website of the company to see if you can get the hiring manager’s email address.
If you still can’t get the hiring manager’s contact details, then call the company’s main contact and request for the hiring manager’s details: this strategy will definitely do the trick.
Once you’re armed with the recruiter’s contact details, write a follow up email address. And that leads us to the next step.
#3. Write a follow-up email directly to the hiring manager #
When writing the follow up email to the hiring manager, it is important to use a clear subject line. You can use a subject line like “Following Up On M&E Expert Position.”
In the body of the email, be humble and polite and do not sound too pushy so that the hiring manager will not conclude that you are too desperate for the job. Simply mention that you are interested in the job and that you possess the requisite skills to be a perfect fit for the organisation. Finally, keep the email very short
Let’s write an example follow up email so you see how it works.
Sample Resume Follow-Up Email #
Hello [Hiring Manager’s Name],
I hope this email meets you well. Last week, I submitted a job application for the position of an evaluator. I would like to use this opportunity to kindly request that you provide me with any valuable information regarding when the organisation is likely to make a decision on the job opening.
I am very enthusiastic at the prospect of joining your team and leveraging my soft monitoring and evaluation skills to help reposition your organisation to greater heights.
Please, let me know if you need more details about my application. I look forward to hearing from you and to sharing my ideas on how to help your organization resolve future monitoring and evaluation challenges.
Kind regards,[Your signature] [Your LinkedIn profile] [Your phone number]
After sending the follow-up email directly to the hiring manager and you still not get any response from the organisation then the next step to take is to make a phone call.
#4. Make a phone call #
Once you establish communication with the hiring manager through a phone call, begin the conversation by asking the hiring manager for a convenient time to speak with them. If they are too busy to be on the phone with you, you can request a more convenient time for you to reach back to the hiring manager. Then, you should be polite and not sound too pushy while requesting for an update about your job application on the phone.
The phone follow-up script below should give you an inspiration or what to say during the phone call with the hiring manager:
Sample phone follow-up script #
Hello [Hiring Manager’s Name].
My name is XXXX and I am reaching you from XYZ location. I wanted to find out if NOW is convenient for you for a short discussion. I submitted an application for the position of an evaluator last week, and wanted to be sure you received it. I also want to let you know that I am still interested in the job offer. I would like to discuss my ideas on how I can help your organization resolve future monitoring and evaluation challenges. Please, let me know if you need additional information from my end. Thanks
After the phone call, what’s next?
#5. Don’t get creepy #
Don’t follow up more than twice if the recruiter has given you a response (a deadline or a possible update) but failed to keep to it. Simply move on and accept the fact that they don’t want you at that point. Continuously sending a follow up email to the hiring manager will not put you in the company’s good books.
Remember, there are other opportunities out there waiting for you, so keep job hunting!
Key Takeaway #
There you have it! Following up on job applications is a necessary step that can help you land a job. So, whenever you apply for an evaluator’s position, endeavor to find the recruiter’s contact details and then write a personalized follow up email.
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