It's been more than a month since I applied to a position in this COVID-era, I've been persistent in my follow-ups with HR (waiting at least one week before sending a reminder), and I've still not received any confirmation of the position, apart from a few questions including this. My application status has always been Under Review.

I've been following up with only one particular person (which is why I believe I may come off as annoying) and my communication mediums have always been emails, and calls to initiate a quick response.

Assuming that nobody is obligated to respond to my request, for how long is it ethical for me to keep following up on this position?

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    Apply somewhere else. If they don’t have the manners to reply appropiately then they won’t respond in a timely fashion for other requests...
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 14, 2021 at 6:33
  • @SolarMike It is a a large reputable firm
    – Luke
    Mar 14, 2021 at 6:41
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    Why are you worrying about being annoying? It's only once a week.
    – Kilisi
    Mar 14, 2021 at 7:33
  • What has being "a large reputable firm" have to do with anything?
    – jcm
    Mar 14, 2021 at 9:44
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    @Luke sure, but SolarMike was talking about timeliness and appropriate behaviour, not having an HR Department. Those don't necessarily go hand-in-hand.
    – jcm
    Mar 15, 2021 at 10:46

2 Answers 2


Just keep on doing what you're doing.

This has, incidentally, nothing to do with ethics. It's really a question of "what do you want" and then "how do you get it".

Presumably you want this job, and pushing for it is how you get it. Look, nobody ever got dinged from a job because they wanted it too much. you ding ppl for not wanting the job enough!

Its once a week, whoever you're emailing can survive that. Just make sure you're not putting all your hopes in this one thing - keep your own job search going. But really, I don't see any problem with trying to get a job.

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    I like this answer but want to also add that it is a great idea to send a "I'm still interested" email. Just say you want the job and wish to hear back from them. Also see if they have other positions open and perhaps the person will remember you enough to get you first place for an interview or consideration.
    – Dan
    Mar 14, 2021 at 14:51
  • This answer definitely resonates with my thinking
    – Luke
    Mar 15, 2021 at 7:27

One follow up email is enough.

As you have correctly surmised, persistent follow up correspondence will just get you labeled as annoying.

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    Any reason as to why just one is enough?
    – Luke
    Mar 14, 2021 at 6:48
  • It's an Internship Position and I guess it can be classified as an unsolicited application
    – Luke
    Mar 14, 2021 at 7:45

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