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Ohhkay8
08-24-2007, 10:17 PM
... and anyone else who can help.

I had an interview with Fashion Bug today, filled out a personality quiz, and was told by the manager that she would review it and get in touch with me. I'm SO bad at this kind of stuff... would it be appropriate for me to call her if I don't hear from her for about a week? When I have called places in the past to check up on my application, they seem to get annoyed about it. I am REALLY in need of a job, feel good about how the interview, and don't want to let this go if I should call. I probably sound like an idiot here :o but I haven't had to find a new job since I was 16.

TIA for anyone who answers! :)


WinterStarzz
08-24-2007, 10:24 PM
Usually after about a week, it's okay to call and just ask if they have reviewed your application. I applied for a job at Lane Bryant (run by the same company as Fashion Bug and Catherine's, btw), and called after 6 days. She said it showed I was "eager to get the position", and it was nice to have someone "serious about the job". So I took that as a good sign. I don't know what proper etiquette is, but I think waiting about a week is good.

Ohhkay8
08-24-2007, 10:58 PM
That's what I figured. I just wasn't sure that it was appropriate in this particular situation, since I was already given an interview. Thanks!


junebug41
08-24-2007, 11:08 PM
Call! I never understand why people don't follow up. I mean, you want the job- I'm sure they would like to know. I have always landed a job/internship when I have been persistent.

My problem is sometimes being too persistent, beating them into submission until they are forced to give it to me. But hey, whatever works:p

I don't know the etiquette either. If it's early in the week I will call at the end of the week. If it's the end of the week, I would definitely call early the following week as things get put off over the weekend.

tanyaf
08-24-2007, 11:38 PM
Did you send a thank you letter (or letters, if more than one person was involved in the interview)? That's the best way to follow up, IMO. It also gives you an opportunity to address any weak spots in your interview. I think in a service position it's especially important, given the customer service aspect of the job.

But I don't think a phone call is inappropriate. It allows you to reiterate your interest in the position.

Ohhkay8
08-24-2007, 11:38 PM
Thanks Jen! :)

Ohhkay8
08-24-2007, 11:40 PM
Tanya, I just had the interview today and didn't think to send a letter. Definitely something to think about, thank you for the suggestion. Now that I have been encouraged to call, I will. :)

tanyaf
08-24-2007, 11:43 PM
I know people who have gotten jobs just by sending a thank you letter. It's a really easy way to make yourself stand out, and all it costs is a stamp.

CLCSC145
08-24-2007, 11:44 PM
Did you send a thank you letter (or letters, if more than one person was involved in the interview)? That's the best way to follow up, IMO. It also gives you an opportunity to address any weak spots in your interview. I think in a service position it's especially important, given the customer service aspect of the job.

But I don't think a phone call is inappropriate. It allows you to reiterate your interest in the position.

Absolutely agree on the thank you note. I didn't hire for a store, but for a corporation and I was always impressed by a handwritten note thanking me for my time and expressing their interest in the position.

jtammy
08-24-2007, 11:46 PM
I think a thank you note is also the best way to follow up right now. It is a very professional touch and is a good chance to make yet another good impression. It would give you a chance to highlight any strong points you made in the interview.

I would definitely wait a few days before calling, IMHO. Good luck!

Ohhkay8
08-24-2007, 11:51 PM
Thanks everyone!

I definitely planned on waiting until about Tuesday to call, but I will write and send the letter tomorrow.

StillTryin
08-25-2007, 10:30 AM
You know that is funny that you mention a thank you letter. I had emailed my resume to a company this past monday, on tuesday the manager called me to come in on wednesday for an interview. I went to that, and it went well. I asked during the interview what the company's timeline to get a person hired was, and he said that they would contact people on Friday to set up the short list for the second interview. Well Friday morning at 8:30 I got the call that I made the "short list". So friday afternoon I wrote a hand written thank you card to the manager who interviewed me and told him I appreciated the time and look forward to meeting with him and the regional manager on tuesday at 4:45 (kinda to confirm the time also). I mailed it yesterday, and told my DH, well he said "trying to kiss a little butt?" I was like, NO, just trying to "stand out" and whatever it takes to set me apart from the other 3-4 people who made the "short list" the better, I mean sending that shows I am courtious and can handle follow up!

So I would ask you, did they give you a general "timeline" for hiring or contacting people? If not, I would wait 4-5 days and contact them, I would chose letter/card to indicate you appreciate their time and that you are happy to be considered to join the "Fashion Bug Family" and you look forward to hearing from them soon regarding the postion.

GOOD LUCK, LET US KNOW HOW IT TURNS OUT!!!!

freiamaya
08-25-2007, 11:46 AM
Hey, if a little butt kissing gets me a job, so be-it! I'm sure DH won't complain when he starts spending the extra $$$ that your new job will bring in!!!!

MariaMaria
08-25-2007, 12:14 PM
If you want the job the thank you card gets mailed as soon as you get home from the interview. I don't think I'd bother with reconfirming second interview time in a note (we use email and phone for that stuff nowadays) but I totally agree with your timeline otherwise.

Pita09
08-25-2007, 10:44 PM
My problem is sometimes being too persistent, beating them into submission until they are forced to give it to me. But hey, whatever works:p




:D I have a good friend who got one of her favorite jobs because she kept harassing the owner so much and one day said she wasn't going to leave until he hired her. He sighed and gave her the job.

As for the thank you notes. Send them!! I'm in college now and taking a class on employability. The thank you note is very good etiquette and major brownie points. Following up is also very important. You want that job you have to do everything you can to get it.

NotTheCheat
08-25-2007, 11:30 PM
Another vote for always sending a thank you note. An interview works both ways. Just because a company wants to hire you doesn't necessarily mean that you will want to work there. Sending a thank you letter expressing your interest in the position is a great way to show that you are serious.

StillTryin
08-26-2007, 12:07 PM
I didnt use the thank you card to confirm, I just added a sentence that said: "I look forward to meeting with you again regarding the position on August 28th at 4:45pm."
That way I covered both bases..but that wasnt the intention of the card. I wanted them to know I was and AM serious about the position.

Also, I would ad that I personally think you should refer to the "job" as either "the postition" or "the career opportunity with this company", my reasoning for this is so the employer will see that you are looking at longevity with the company and not just a temporary "JOB" and paycheck....

Anyone else have a thought on this???

jenlag
08-26-2007, 12:28 PM
Following up doesn't hurt a bit. My ex did that with one company, kept calling, and he finally got the position. I, on the other hand, was a hiring manager for a very large corporation and a letter or any form of contact would not have been influential simply because we would interview and hire so many employees that a decision was made at the end of the interview as to whether they were coming on with the company. But again, this was a giant, and if I chose not to hire the employee they received a 'form letter' in the mail.
You have absolutely nothing to lose and possibly a job to gain. Contrary to all of the other opinions, I think if you wait a week, then the hiring manager's decision will probably be made. I would think you want to influence them before they make a decision. I would only wait about 3 days.

jillybean720
08-26-2007, 04:53 PM
Following up is a must. I currently work for a staffing company, and as much as I hate to admit it, even the extra day or 2 it may take to send a handwritten thank you note may be too long. I personally send a thank you e-mail the same night as the day of the interview. Some things happen so quickly in thebusiness world today that snail mail is termed as such for a reason.

Case and point--the job I have right now, I interviewed for on a Thursday afternoon. Thursday evening, I sent a thank you e-mail saying such things as that after having learned more about the opportunity, I was still very interested and enthusiastic about the position, and that after meeting people in the office and experiencing the atmosphere firsthand, I felt I could be a great fit to work and grow with them...I actually got an e-mail back from the VP later that same night expressing she agreed that I would be a great fit and that they would check my references in the morning and have an offer letter to me by COB the next day. I'd like to think the quick thank you/follow-up was helpful in their making such a quick decision :)

Mummy_Tummy
08-27-2007, 10:02 AM
I agree with the poster who said NOT to wait a week. In retail, hiring happens veryquickly because there's such a big turn-over of employees. I'd wait no longer than Wednesday morning to call. And if you want to send the thank-you card (which is a great idea), I'd consider dropping it off there in person TODAY. I used to be a manager at 2 different clothing shops and I know when we were hiring, we'd see everyone on the same day and have short-listed by close of the same day, ony waiting for the results of the personality tests and possibly references to confirm. It happens very quickly so don't miss out!

StillTryin
08-27-2007, 10:39 AM
I also agree that a week is TOOO long! Anything that keeps you FRESH in their minds is best....email/thank you card, ect....whatever keeps your name popping up....

I also agree that retail is a little different fish than my particular company that I am interviewing with, so waste NO TIME on it.....as was said already, they usually know fairly quick who they want to bring onboard! Even with the company I am trying to get in with, the manager said that my position is the only one he doesnt "hire on the spot" for....all the others, he said, by the end of the interview, he either offers a position or tells them that they dont get the job, so there is no waiting around...but again that is a totally different type of position than what I am being considered for...my position would be working side by side with the manager and there would only be him and I for a HUGE territory to cover....(which is nice in a way) and then he said like next year they will hire 1-2 more in the same position, so whoever gets hired first will have seniority over the others and he said he is only going to stay at this location a couple more years then move with the company, so this person will be a PRIME candidate to take over as location manager!!! (Another reason I soooo want this position)