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I applied for a job, and I thought my application was pretty good.

I quickly received an automated reply saying that they'd be in touch shortly when applications close.

But I haven't heard from them since, so I thought I'd give them a call and ask them how the application is progressing.

But what do I say?

I was thinking

'Hi Contact Person, this is John Smith, I'm calling about the ABC position you had advertised. I didn't hear back from you about my application, are you still progressing with applications for this position?'.

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    Probably not worth it for you to ask. If they are interested in you, you'll hear from them. Otherwise, don't hold your breath. – Vietnhi Phuvan May 1 '14 at 0:02
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    @VietnhiPhuvan - I rung them up, asked them about it, and they were suitably interested in me to ask me in for an interview. – geekrunner May 6 '14 at 4:58
  • Good. Did they give you a date and time? – Vietnhi Phuvan May 6 '14 at 5:41
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That's good that you have a contact phone number with someone at company. You should definitely call them, as it takes minimal effort. It also demonstrates your enthusiasm. You should say,

Hi Contact Person, this is John Smith. I'm calling to ask about the status of my application for ABC position you had advertised.

The key word is status, as it is nicely neutral, but gives you a more authoritative tone.

It is better to know for certain if they aren't interested, so you can stop wondering and look elsewhere.

  • You should be looking elsewhere no matter what. Never wait on a company to look elsewhere. – HLGEM May 1 '14 at 18:26
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Old post, but here's my .2 for any other people who might be interested:

I recommend saying something like this: "Hi [contact person], this is John Smith. I applied for your [xyz] position last week and would like to meet with you in person to tell you more about my qualifications. Do you have any afternoons free next week?"

What you want is an interview, right? (Well you want a job of course, but the interview is the next logical step.) So ask for that.

I'm not wild about your wording, "progressing with applications..." or with Ellie Kesselman's suggestion, although both are ok. My objection to those choices is that they don't signify strong interest, and even worse, do not directly address what you want. You don't care how their search is progressing, nor do you care what the status of your application is. Don't ask about something you don't really care about. It wastes time (yours and theirs) and is disingenuous.

Your reason for calling this company is to schedule an interview. So cut to the chase and ask for it.

If that feels too indelicate, remember that there are people doing this very thing at this very moment to good effect, and some of them are applying for jobs you want.

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