How To Follow Up On a Job Application: An Email Template

Posted November 21, 2016, by Vivien Luu

Follow-up emails are always tricky. You need to know whether you should cut your losses and focus on other jobs out there, but you don’t want to be that annoying candidate who’s so pushy that they end up taking themselves out of the running.

So if it’s been a few days after the designated deadline and you still haven’t heard from the interviewer, send them a short and sweet follow-up email.

Subject line

Follow-up re: [name of position]


Hi Sebastian,

I hope you’re well, and enjoying [insert pleasantry here, e.g. this break from the insane heat].

I wanted to follow up about the [name of role], as you mentioned you’d be making a decision by the end of last week. I am really excited about the opportunity to [make a contribution in a specific way], and was wondering if you had any updates.

Please let me know if there’s anything I can provide to assist you in the decision-making process.

Best regards,

[Your name]

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Vivien Luu
Vivien Luu

Viv is a writer who enjoys researching and writing about creativity, how the human mind works, and neuro processes. She values creativity above all else and admires people who pursue their career dreams, no matter the sacrifice. In her spare time, she binges on HBO shows and epic fantasy novels.

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