3 Follow-up Emails You Think You Should Send When You're Interviewing, But Definitely Shouldn’t

There was once a job I wanted so badly that any amount of radio silence from the employer was agonizing. So I thought it’d be a good idea to take matters into my own hands. A dozen follow-up emails and an embarrassing phone call to the hiring manager later, I eventually learned that nagging a potential employer is usually not a good way to increase your chances of landing the role.

While it might make you feel better to be “proactive” about following up with the hiring manager, here are a few messages that you should never, ever send under any circumstances.

1. “Hi, I Know We Spoke Yesterday, But Wanted to See if You Had Any Updates!”

OK, truth time. It’s a good idea to send a follow-up email to a hiring manager if a reasonable amount of time has gone by. But in most cases, that means waiting longer than 24 hours. In fact, let’s go ahead and say you should wait 72 hours past the time they told you that they would reach back out.

Sure, in an ideal world, you’d hear back the second a company made a decision about you. But the reality is that hiring managers have a lot of things on their plates—and that means that an unexpected meeting or task on their end will keep them from getting back to you.

How to Distract Yourself Instead

Keep looking for jobs! Even if you’ve identified the one, it’s not a done deal until you get an offer letter. So while you’re waiting for news from the hiring manager, go ahead and take a peek at what else is available right now. The worst-case scenario is that you come up empty-handed. But maybe you’ll find another opportunity that looks just as amazing.